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South Saint Vrain Trail (#909)

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 3.1 (8)

Forest singletrack trail that connects FR 96 to the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.


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Map Key

5.9

Miles

9.4

KM

Point to Point

10,458' 3,187 m

High

8,790' 2,679 m

Low

1,676' 511 m

Up

28' 9 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildlife

Description

This trail is a heavily forested 6 miles, traversing through the Roosevelt National Forest and culminating at the Troublesome Dam site. Long, and somewhat technical, this trail can be used to connect to other trails in the area, or as a great out-and-back.

The South Saint Vrain Trail is a perfect example of chunky, old-school trail. It's nearly continuously littered with large embedded rocks, water bars, and steeper eroded sections.

South St. Vrain leads from FR 96 to the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.

Flora & Fauna

Lodgepole Pine dominates the area.

Contacts

Shared By:

John Scalese

Trail Ratings

  3.1 from 8 votes

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in Ward

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Open meadow.
Jul 9, 2019 near Nederland, CO
Rocky approach to stream crossing.
Jul 31, 2019 near Nederland, CO
Vibrant columbine.
Jul 9, 2019 near Nederland, CO
So many of these
Jul 31, 2019 near Nederland, CO

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Jul 10, 2022
Matt Culpepper
Last leg! 1.2mi
Jun 26, 2022
Matt Culpepper
Fudrizzle day. From Brainard Gateway via North Sourdough Trl, west segment of South St. Vrain at bridge crossing and return via Waldrop Trl (5.5/600) 5.5mi — 3h 30m
Nov 7, 2021
Matt Culpepper
Nice pleasant forest hike from the east. Turned around at the 4-way junction (Sourdough Trl) approximately 3 miles in. The ridge above has some views. 6mi — 4h 20m
Mar 24, 2021
Atsuko Ohtake
Sep 28, 2019
Aylannah Dylag
great views of aspen trees. flat and easy hike 13mi — 5h 00m
Jul 9, 2019
JP Jones
Nice forest hike, no overlooks but a pleasant trek through open meadows and thick tree cover about a quarter of the trail runs next to flowing creek. 12.5mi — 6h 30m
Oct 28, 2018
Logan Shaver
Jun 23, 2018
Johnny Appleseed