Winter Trail

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The Winter Trail is a trail located in Colorado.

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  • Compass Latitude: 374643N
  • Compass Longitude: 1080334W
  • Numeric Latitude: 37.7786053
  • Numeric Longitude: -108.0595173
  • Elevation in Meters:
  • Elevation in Feet:

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Bald Mountain Trail

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The Bald Mountain Trail (#201) is a difficult 5 miles/8.1 km and downhill biking is prohibited.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 5 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 392043N
  • Compass Longitude: 1074959W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.3452573
  • Numeric Longitude: -107.8331203
  • Elevation in Meters: 3230
  • Elevation in Feet: 10,600

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Crags Trail

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Crags Trail #664

This trail leads to “The Crags”, a group of rock pinnacle formations. It is a good cross country ski trail. Good for family hikes.

Difficulty: Moderate

Open Season: Friday preceding Memorial Day – Tuesday following Labor Day
Busiest Season: June – October
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles are prohibited.
Water: Drinking water is not readily available. Water from streams should be treated before use. Hikers are
Information Center: Foot, horse, and cross-country ski trail. This trail is a moderately difficult 2.1 mile trail with an elevation change of 800 feet.

Directions:
From Colorado Springs, take Hwy 24, through Woodland Park, to Divide. Turn south on Hwy 67. Drive 4 miles. Turn left on Forest Service Rd. #383. The trailhead is nearly 3 miles up the road approximately 1/8 mile before the Crags Campground.

General Notes:
Camping is permitted along the trail and is recommended 300’ from any trail or stream. Use no-impact camping techniques. Pack it in/Pack it out rule applies. Campfire permits are not required but please be sure your fire is dead out before you leave. Respect other trail users.

Parking:
Available at the trailhead.

The Crags Campground

The Crags campground has 17 campsites for tents, small RV’s, or small trailers. It is located in an “out of the way” area and is highly used depending on the time of day and year.

The Crags Trail #664 and the Devil’s Playground Trail #753 start near the campground at the Crags Trailhead located 1/8 mile before the campground.

This is a standard, non-electric campground. It is also a pack it in, pack it out campground.

Directions:
The Crags Campground is located southeast of Divide and is reached by driving 4.3 miles south of Divide on CO Highway 67. Turn left on Forest Road 383 and drive another 3.5 miles east.

General Notes:
A low-level maintained, steep, and narrow access road makes it difficult for larger trailers.  Please drive with caution.  Road may become inaccessible in the winter.

Parking:
There is a parking space for each campsite.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 1.5 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 403902N
  • Compass Longitude: 1064213W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.650531
  • Numeric Longitude: -106.7036544
  • Elevation in Meters: 3,078 to 3,322
  • Elevation in Feet: 10,100 to 10,900

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Jean Lunning Trail

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From the Niwot Picnic Area inside the Brainard Lake Recreation Area, the Niwot Cutoff Trail leads 0.6 miles west up a gradual slope and through the woods to Long Lake and Jean Lunning Trail. The Jean Lunning Trail enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness and continues west along the south side of Long Lake on a wide, gentle trail with several bridges and boardwalks. Together with a segment of Pawnee Pass Trail it forms a 4.1-mile loop around Long Lake.

The Niwot Ridge Trail (unsigned) heads south from the Jean Lunning Trail a few hundred yards into the Wilderness Area. To hike up Niwot Ridge, follow the Niwot Ridge Trail up the hill. The trail passes through alpine forest and climbs into the alpine tundra.

The Niwot Ridge area has been designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve for arctic and alpine research. Please remain on the trail and do not disturb scientific instruments in place on the ridge.

Fees Brainard Lake Recreation Area fees apply during the summer operating season (typically mid/late-June through late September) $1 per person for walk- or bike-in; $10 for a 3-day pass; $55 for a season pass; Interagency Annual, Senior or Access passes, Golden Age and Golden Access passes accepted.
Permit Info: This trail lies within the Four Lakes Backcountry Zone of the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area:

  • Camping is prohibited in the Four Lakes Backcountry Zone from May 1 through November 30.
  • Organized groups are required to have a permit for both camping and day-hiking year round.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Indian Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:

  • Camping is prohibited on this trail from May 1 through Nov 30.
  • Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
  • Campfires prohibited.
  • Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12.
  • Packstock (horses, llamas, etc.) are prohibited.

Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Closest Towns: Ward, Colorado
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Vault Toilet at Niwot Picnic Area
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301

Directions:

From Colorado Highway 72 at Ward, turn west onto the Brainard Lake Road. Travel 2.5 miles to the entrance portal, continue another two miles to parking at Brainard Lake, and walk 0.5-1.0 mile (depending on the parking sites available) to Niwot Picnic Area.

Day Hiking

This relatively level trail forms a loop around Long Lake with a portion of Pawnee Pass Trail. The trail is constructed to be accessible by people with disabilities.

Fire Information Campfires are prohibited year-round.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Area/Length : 
Niwot Picnic Area to: Jean Lunning Trail – 0.6 miles; to Pawnee Pass Trail – 1.9 miles. (One way)

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 0.6 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 400400N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053545W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.066653
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.5958348
  • Elevation in Meters: 3,139 to 3,246
  • Elevation in Feet: 10,300 to 10,650

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Silver Dollar Lake Trail

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Silver Dollar Lake Trail (#79)

This is a short hike yet the thin air and occasional steepness may be challenging. The trail leads to two lakes that are above treeline. The first lake, Naylor Lake is on private property. You may look, but please do not trespass. The second lake is Silver Dollar Lake and is for public use.

Current Conditions: Lots of trees down across the Silver Dollar Lake road before the trailhead. Hard to reach the trailhead to start the hike.  Road to be cleared by July 1, 2012.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Georgetown, CO
Water: Lake; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: None
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

Directions:

* Just south of Guanella Pass Campground and north of the Guanella Pass, is a small parking area. * You may park here or travel another quarter mile up a 4-wheel drive road to another parking area where the trail starts.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

This is a short hike yet the thin air and occasional steepness may be challenging. The trail leads to two lakes that are above treeline. The first lake, Naylor Lake is on private property. You may look, but please do not trespass. The second lake is Silver Dollar Lake and is for public use.

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

This is a short trail yet the thin air and occasional steepness may be challenging. The trail leads to two lakes that are above treeline. The first lake, Naylor Lake is on private property. You may look, but please do not trespass. The second lake is Silver Dollar Lake and is for public use.

Warming Shelters No
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 1.5 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 39°36'23.7"N
  • Compass Longitude: 105°43'39.4"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.606573
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.727619
  • Elevation in Meters: 3,414 to 3,719
  • Elevation in Feet: 11,200 to 12,200

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Bear Lake Trail

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Bear Lake Trail # 721

The Bear Lake trail is 3.34 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 105 and ends at Bear Lake, a popular fishing lake.

The Bear Lake Trail provides a good starting point for longer backpacking trips. Prior to reaching Bear Lake, cutoff trail # 721.1A cuts off and connects with the Conejos Peark trail # 720 which heads west to Conejos Peak or south to trail # 724.

The trail is open for the following uses: Horseback riding, backpacking, hiking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing

Best Season: Mid-June — October
Closest Towns: Antonito
Information Center: The first mile of the trail is quite steep and numerous switchbacks crisscross the slope above Saddle Creek. About 10,500 feet, the trail becomes less steep and leads thru subalpine meadows, from which vistas of the Saddle Creek Valley and the mountains beyond can be seen. From an elevation about 11,300 feet, the trail remains within the dense alpine forest until it reaches Bear Lake. In early summer, snowbanks may cover parts of the trail where it is protected from direct sunlight by the dense forest. Bear Lake sits in a bowl surrounded by the 1,000 foot cliffs that descend from the unnamed peak above.

Directions:

Follow Forest Road 250 north from its junction with Hwy 17, turn west on Saddle Creek Road FR #105 and follow it west about 3 miles to the Bear Lake Trailhead.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Bear Lake

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Day Hiking and Backpacking

Hikers are advised to carry water because the climb is strenuous and water sources are few until Bear Lake is reached. Water must be treated before consumption.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 3.34 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 40°18'43.0"N
  • Compass Longitude: 105°38'44.2"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.311947
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.645619
  • Elevation in Meters: 2956 to 3505
  • Elevation in Feet: 9700 to 11,500

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Crosier Mountain Trail

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The Crosier Mountain Trail is a trail located in Colorado.

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  • Trail Measurement: 15 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 40°27'09.7"N
  • Compass Longitude: 105°26'55.8"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.452698
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.448839
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,433
  • Elevation in Feet: 7,982

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Lily Pad Lake Trail

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Lily Pad Lake Trail #50

This trail is very accessible from town and is a popular trail into the Eagles Nest Wilderness. Initially, the trail travels south through thick stands of lodgepole pine and aspen. Along the way you will cross some small streams and pass by several beaver ponds. These beaver ponds attracted fur trappers during 1810-1840, the boom years of the fur trade. The lake is a great place to relax and enjoy your lunch. Moose have been seen in this area in the past. It is a privilege to be able to see one of these animals in the wild, please keep your distance and do not approach them.

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Open to Hike/Horse Only. This trail enters the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area.
Closest Towns: Frisco, CO ; Silverthorne, CO

Directions: From I-70 take Exit 205, Silverthorne/Dillon, and travel north on HWY 9 to the first traffic light at the intersection of Rainbow Drive / Wildernest Road. Turn left onto Wildernest Road (this road turns into Ryan Gulch Road). Travel for 3.6 miles to the top of Ryan Gulch Road. Toward the end of the road there will be a parking area on the left. There are two trailheads that leave from this parking lot, be sure to start at Lily Pad Lake Trailhead.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 1.4 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 393633N
  • Compass Longitude: 1060644W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.6091531
  • Numeric Longitude: -106.1122433
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,994 to 3,033
  • Elevation in Feet: 9,825 to 9,952

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Sourdough Trail

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Sourdough Trailhead to: Red Rock Trailhead – 5.8 miles; Beaver Creek Trailhead – 12.6 miles; Buchana

Elevation : 9,200′ – 10,200′

The first section of trail #835 runs north from the Sourdough Trailhead and climbs gently, sometimes on old roads. It gains 1,000′ in this first three miles past Fourmile Creek and is fairly level for the next two miles. It climbs a couple switchbacks to the trail’s highest point along the 10,200′ contour.

The Sourdough Trail dips down, passing the Little Raven Trail and on to the Red Rock Trailhead. From the Brainard Lake Road, the trail continues to drop elevation by about 500′ in two miles. It crosses South Saint Vrain Creek on a wide bridge, and intersects with the South Saint Vrain Trail #909 on the other side. The Sourdough Trail drops to cross National Forest System Road 113, and continues on to Beaver Reservoir. The trail continues on the other side of the Beaver Reservoir Road. It then joins with Buchanan Pass Trail near Camp Dick Campground.

Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles prohibited. Fishing and hunting are allowed in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Closest Towns: Nederland and Ward, Colorado
Water: Occasional streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Vault toilets at Sourdough Trailhead and near Middle St. Vrain Trailhead at Camp Dick
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301

Directions: From Nederland, travel seven miles north on Colorado Highway 72. Turn west onto National Forest System Road 298, signed as the turnoff for the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station. A parking area is not far on the left. Three other trailheads serve Sourdough Trail: Red Rock Trailhead, Beaver Reservoir Trailhead, and Middle Saint Vrain Trailhead.

Access:

There are four main trailhead locations for accessing the Sourdough Trail.

  • Sourdough TH: From Nederland, travel seven miles north on Colorado Highway (CO) 72. Turn west onto gravel National Forest System Road (NFSR) 298, signed as the turnoff for the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station. A parking area is not far on the left.
  • Red Rock TH: From Ward, follow signs for Brainard Lake (County Road [CR] 102). Red Rock Trailhead is three miles up this paved road before the entrance fee station.
  • Beaver Creek TH: About 15 miles north of Nederland, turn west onto gravel CR 96 at the Boy Scout Camp sign. The Beaver Creek TH is just east of the private Beaver Reservoir.
  • Buchanan Pass TH: About 18 miles north of Nederland, turn west on paved NFSR 114. Continue beyond Camp Dick Campground to the trailhead parking area.

Trail Highlights:

  • The first section of trail heads north from the Sourdough TH and climbs gently, sometimes on old roads. It gains 1,000 feet in this first three miles past Fourmile Creek and is fairly level for another two miles. It climbs a couple switchbacks to the trail’s highest point.
  • The Sourdough Trail dips down to the Red Rock TH, and passes the Little Raven Ski Trail. From the Brainard Lake Road, the trail continues to drop elevation by about 500 feet in two miles. It crosses South Saint Vrain Creek on a wide bridge, and intersects with the South Saint Vrain Trail #909 on the other side. The Sourdough Trail drops to cross NFSR 113.
  • The final mile of trail drops 400 feet to the Middle Saint Vrain. The trail continues on the other side of the Beaver Reservoir Road. It then joins with Buchanan Pass Trail near Camp Dick.

Important Information:

  • The Sourdough Trail is popular for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Please watch for other users.
  • Dispersed camping is allowed in the area and no permit is required.
  • Campfires are permissible. If you are planning to build a campfire during the dry summer months, it is advisable to contact the Boulder Ranger District (303-541-2500) before your trip in regards to fire bans.

Mountain Biking

The Sourdough Trail runs nearly 15 miles long across ridges and drainages west of Colorado Highway 72. Ride it end to end with a vehicle shuttle or take it a segment at a time. This trail connects to the Little Raven, Waldrop and South Saint Vrain trails in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area and to the Buchanan Pass Trail at its north end for endless segment and loop opportunities. Access Sourdough Trail from Sourdough, Red Rock, Beaver Reservoir and Middle Saint Vrain Trailheads.

The Sourdough Trail offers great mountain biking opportunities. Connect with Waldrop, South Saint Vrain, Little Raven (and its extension), or Buchanan Pass trails, or Middle Saint Vrain or Coney Creek Roads for loops and side trips.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult

Day Hiking and Backpacking

The Sourdough Trail climbs over ridges and crosses creeks along the eastern flanks of the Continental Divide. It is a long-distance trail with multiple access points that facilitate moderate out-and-back trips, end-to-end shuttle trips and multiple side-loop opportunities. This trail intersects Little Raven Trail, South Saint Vrain Trail, Beaver Reservoir Cutoff, and Buchanan Pass Trail.

Fire Information  Unless seasonal restrictions are in effect, campfires must be attended at all times and cold to the touch with the bare hand before being abandoned. Collection of dead and down wood is allowed; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Horse Riding

This trailhead at the south end of the Sourdough Trail offers ample parking and turnaround space. Sourdough Trail is a longer-distance trail excellent for a day-outing.

Water Availability  Occasional lakes and streams.
Size Restrictions none
Loading Ramp none
Hitching Rails none
Corrals none
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

From Sourdough Trailhead, the Sourdough Trail and Rainbow Lakes Road are both popular ski or snowshoe treks. The Sourdough Trail heads north, climbing over the shoulder of Niwot Ridge to Brainard Lake Road and beyond. Rainbow Lakes Road heads west for 4.5 miles to Rainbow Lakes Campground. Beyond the campground, the Rainbow Lakes Trail and Glacier Rim Trail head into the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Warming Shelters  none

Sourdough Trailhead

The Sourdough Trailhead is the main trailhead for the Sourdough Trail #835 and is the trails southernmost access point.

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles are prohibited.
Closest Towns: Nederland and Ward, Colorado
Water: None
Restroom: Vault toilets
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 5.8 and 12.6 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 40°01'40.5"N
  • Compass Longitude: 105°31'29.7"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.027921
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.524910
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,804 to 3,109
  • Elevation in Feet: 9,200 to 10,200

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Beaver Brook Trail

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Beaver Brook Trailhead Area: Beaver Brook Watershed from the Old Squaw Pass Trailhead, west one mile to the intersection of the Beaver Brook Trail and the North Beaver Brook Road. No discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun, including paintball guns, except for persons possessing a valid Colorado hunting license lawfully involved in hunting and harvesting game. (Order No.10-07-2012-01)

Beaver Brook Trail from the Old Squaw Pass Trailhead to the junction of the trail and the Beaver Brook road. T. 4 S. R. 72 W. SE ¼ of the SW ¼ of Sec. 15 and the NW ¼ of NW ¼ of Sec. 22 and in the NW ¼ of Sec. 23.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 6.2 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 394334N
  • Compass Longitude: 1051648W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.7260987
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.2799904
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,166
  • Elevation in Feet: 7,106

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