Sourdough Trail to South St. Vrain Trail Loop

MODERATE 15 reviews
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Sourdough Trail to South St. Vrain Trail Loop is a 4.9 mile loop trail located near Ward, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
711 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

16 days ago

Beautiful hike in the Fall with snowy patches. almost alone on the trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Vehicle used to access the trail:
Kia sorrento front-wheel drive
Footwear:
Nike running shoe's
Child carrier:
ErgoBaby 360° backpack 22lb
Fee: Free!!! as the trail starts at the parking lot to the right before the pay station.

This was a lovely trail, in our favourite area to hike. We started the hike at 8:45am on a Saturday at the end of August. There were plenty of parking spots available and the trail was not very busy at all. For the first half of the trail we saw probably 2-3 groups of people however, as the day went on and we were finishing the trail close to 10:30 we saw at least 5-6 groups of people who had started the trail clockwise.

There is no main attraction on this hike like others in the area that provide lake views or peak mountain views but this is a beautiful loop with much to see, streams and a few water crossings on well maintained bridges, wild flowers, a small meadow, and dense forest. We took our dogs with us and they did great, a few small mud patches but nothing to really worry about. I would imagine as the weather cools and the rain comes more frequently you would need hiking boots but during the summer regular Nike running shoe's would be fine.
Remember to pack it in, pack it out and take your trash with you. There are no trash cans that we saw but that's good. It's much better to dispose of your trash elsewhere.
Finally, this is a LEASHED pet trail.

We would recommend this rail and will be heading back again.

2 months ago

Great trail. Some areas are a bit rocky, but not a bad hike. There are level areas. Well shaded. Go early!!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

We accidentally ended up in the right place because the lot for the lake was full. So park at the Gateway Parking Lot (free) just before the entry fee station and the trailhead is right there. It then forks west or east. We went east so our final push toward the end would be mostly downhill - that ended up being the right choice IMO. The scenery doesn't change much and there's really only one grand view. However, it's still a beautiful trail and the way the light falls through the conifers can be breathtaking. Two large river crossings with solid bridges and we encountered maybe 6 stream crossings that took careful balancing. The sound of water is present for most of the trail. Even arriving late morning on a Saturday the trail didn't seem too busy. I think most of the traffic goes toward Brainard Lake so most of this loop felt comfortably secluded. I think "moderate" is an accurate difficulty rating. I'm not fit by any means, and while it probably took me longer than most I did finish it. A few lung busting moments, but a lot of nice rolling meandering as well.

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

snowshoeing
7 months ago

First timer snowshoeing last weekend! It was incredible and the views were so beautiful that we added on to Lake Bierstadt and we're out there for 6 hours.

snowshoeing
Sunday, November 22, 2015

hiking
Sunday, August 09, 2015

hiking
Wednesday, December 03, 2014

hiking
Saturday, August 09, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014