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South Sourdough (#835)

 20 votes

Length

5.9 Miles 9.5 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

1,121' 342 m

Ascent

-265' -81 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

10,274' 3,132 m

High

9,217' 2,809 m

Low

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Sourdough Trail (South of Brainard Lake)

Alan Doak

Overview

Features: -none-

Description

From the Peak To Peak Highway, take the exit for the CU Alpine Research Center and park at the trailhead on the left. An outhouse is available at the parking lot.

The trail climbs up singletrack to the Brainard Lake road, which splits the southern and northern halves of the Sourdough Trail. The southern half of Sourdough is less technical than the northern half, and travels through splendid forest that rarely opens up enough for a vista.

This first two miles is a climb up fairly loose rocks and will keep you on your toes, though it's all rideable. The grade isn't too steep, but there's not much of a break until you get to a pretty bridge over a stream crossing at 2.5 miles.

The trail becomes smoother and faster at this point, but keeps climbing for a while with occasional views east through the trees. After about 3.5 miles, the trail becomes flatter and much faster to the end.

To return to the trailhead, either ride back on the trail or along the Peak To Peak Highway.

The trail is typically rideable (or mostly rideable) by the first week of June. Any sooner than that and you'll quite possibly be pushing through snow.

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Oct 8, 2017
Patrick Burns
Natural chunky rowdiness. The climbing numbers seem conservative. Highly entertaining downhills at speed.
Sep 19, 2017
Charlie Johann
Aug 26, 2017
Betsy Williford
12.5mi
Aug 26, 2017
Tony Fagan
Aug 26, 2017
Tim McOsker
Jul 21, 2017
E L
Jul 3, 2017
Jared Crockett
Did a sourdough lollipop with N. Sourdough and Wapiti. Beautiful country and awesome trails!
Jun 24, 2017
Lindsey Danforth

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