South Saint Vrain Trail (#909)
ElevationAscent: 27' 8 m
Descent: -1,713' -522 m
High: 10,467' 3,190 m
Low: 8,757' 2,669 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“The best example of technical chunk riding in the Colorado Front Range.”— Jim Mapes
The South Saint Vrain Trail is a perfect example of chunky, technical, non-flow mountain riding. The trail is nearly continuously littered with large embedded rocks, water bars, and steeper eroded sections. There is nothing that can't be ridden clean by a moderately skilled rider, but the continuous nature of the trail makes it a substantial challenge.
From Brainard Lake Road head North at a meadow with a trail sign. The first 1/4 mile should be ridden on South Saint Vrain Spur, which is an alternative of the South Saint Vrain Trail and avoids Wilderness and therefor is open to bikes. The first trail junction is actually with the South Saint Vrain Trail proper. Turn right and you are now on the main trail. Follow the South Saint Vrain through several well marked intersection (North Soughdough, Waldrop). At around 3.4 miles the trail heads downhill on a dirt road. After several hundred yards turn left at chain gate with a pile of rocks stacked around it. The final miles are in close proximity to the South Saint Vrain Creek and will bring you to CR96 within sight of the Peak to Peak Highway.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Local Club: Boulder Mountainbike Alliance
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Land Manager: USFS - Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Office