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Brainard Lake Recreation Area

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Recommended Routes in Brainard Lake Recreation Area - 3

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Favorite Climbing Sourdough from Beaver Reservoir offers some nice views from time to time.
Difficult

South Saint Vrain Figure 8

16.3 mi 26.2 km 2,072' Up 631.58 m Up 2,086' Down 635.74 m Down

Nederland, CO
Favorite The trail is "Technically" Closed here....I didn't have the time or energy to bypass...
Intermediate

Switzerland Trail Gold Hill Road Loop

25.3 mi 40.7 km 1,949' Up 593.94 m Up 1,948' Down 593.78 m Down

Nederland, CO
Favorite Rocky approach to stream crossing.
Very Difficult

North Sourdough and St. Vrain Loop

5.4 mi 8.7 km 641' Up 195.34 m Up 650' Down 198.23 m Down

Nederland, CO

Brainard Lake Recreation Area Biking

  • 145 Miles 233 Kilometers of Trail
  • 4 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Easy Trail Easy Trails
  • 3 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 8 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Brainard Lake Recreation Area - 8

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6.0 mi 9.7 km #1South Saint Vrain Trail (#909)
Very Difficult
Nederland, CO
Very Difficult
Nederland, CO 26 
5.9 mi 9.5 km #2South Sourdough (#835)
Difficult
Nederland, CO
Difficult
Nederland, CO 28 
6.9 mi 11.2 km #3North Sourdough (#835)
Difficult
Nederland, CO
Difficult
Nederland, CO 12 
1.7 mi 2.8 km #4Little Raven Trail
Difficult
Nederland, CO
Difficult
Nederland, CO 10 
2.3 mi 3.7 km #5Wapiti Trail
Difficult
Nederland, CO
Difficult
Nederland, CO
2.3 mi 3.6 km #6Waldrop Trail
Difficult
Nederland, CO
Difficult
Nederland, CO
2.4 mi 3.8 km #7Brainard Lake Snowshoe Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km #8Little Raven East
Difficult
Nederland, CO
Difficult
Nederland, CO

Photos of Brainard Lake Recreation Area - 15

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Climbing Sourdough from Beaver Reservoir offers some nice views from time to time.
Jul 14, 2015 near Nederland, CO
A nice little pause in passing Brainard Lake while connecting Little Raven Trail to South St. Vrain Trail.
Jul 23, 2019 near Nederland, CO
Winter comes early on this Little Raven trail
Oct 8, 2014 near Nederland, CO
Rocky approach to stream crossing.
Jul 23, 2019 near Nederland, CO
Very nice view here!
Sep 20, 2015 near Nederland, CO
A cloudy view on North Sourdough.
Jun 28, 2017 near Nederland, CO
Winter means fresh tracks on the climb from Rainbow Lakes along South Sourdough.
Feb 18, 2017 near Nederland, CO
Scope out your line choice on this first stream crossing.
Jul 29, 2014 near Nederland, CO