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North Sourdough (#835)

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.6 (5)

Singletrack leading north from the Brainard Lake Recreation Area and connecting to other trails.


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Map Key

6.9

Miles

11.1

KM

Point to Point

10,069' 3,069 m

High

8,645' 2,635 m

Low

231' 71 m

Up

1,655' 505 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Wildlife

Description

This is a great trail that provides a journey that will be quiet and make you feel as though you've truly escaped into the wilderness. The Lodgepole pine dominates the area, making the trail shady and pleasant, even on warm days. Small meadows and quick viewpoints to the alpine are found along the way. A small lake surrounded by an open area gives a commanding view of the surrounding mountain peaks.

Find the trailhead directly behind the main parking area and get straight into the fun. At an intersection with South Saint Vrain Trail just after crossing a bridge, keep straight on North Sourdough. This is a well-signed intersection. Expect a few sharp climbs but for the most part, you'll be pointed down. Eventually, you'll cross a dirt road. This is a good bailout point to the Peak to Peak highway if you did not enjoy the first portion of this trail.

If you did like what you just completed, continue onward. The trail will offer more of the same as it winds its way to the terminus at Middle St. Vrain Road (CO Hwy 92).

Flora & Fauna

Lodgepole pine dominates. Several nice creeks are crossed that have fishing potential.

Contacts

Shared By:

John Scalese

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  3.6 from 5 votes

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Photos

Moose cow hanging out in a small lake on the trail.
Oct 23, 2015 near Nederland, CO
Small mountain pond surrounded by marsh land
Jul 6, 2018 near Nederland, CO
Climbing Sourdough from Beaver Reservoir offers some nice views from time to time.
Jul 31, 2019 near Nederland, CO
Very nice view here!
Jul 31, 2019 near Nederland, CO
Small off trail wood bench overlooks a wide path of moving water, perfect spot for a lunch break.
Jul 6, 2018 near Nederland, CO
Overlook
Jul 6, 2018 near Nederland, CO

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Jul 14, 2020
Private User
May 5, 2019
Rebecca Falgoust
Jan 20, 2019
Amanda Plunkett
took coney flat cutoff trail, branching right off main trail early on, to reservoir. walked road back to main trail and back down that way to make… 4mi
Oct 28, 2018
Logan Shaver
Jul 6, 2018
JP Jones
Excellent trail, I started at Brainard Lake lot, the majority was down hill so a challenge on the return trip. Great diversity of tree and trail types 13.8mi — 7h 00m
Nov 13, 2017
Chuck Snyder
Nov 4, 2017
Chuck Snyder
Sep 9, 2017
Keith McCue