Niwot Ridge Trail is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,105 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

snowshoeing

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

Although this hike is mostly in the Indian Peaks Wilderness (Roosevelt National Forest), it starts in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area. There is a $11 fee (cash only) to enter this area. From mid-October to mid-June, the road through Brainard Lake Recreation Area is closed. Visitors can park outside the gate for free at the Gateway Trailhead. Parking at this trailhead will add 5 miles to the trip roundtrip.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The trailhead is Niwot Ridge, not Long Lake--that will add 1 mile to your trip

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