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Sourdough Trail to South St. Vrain Trail Loop

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Brainard Lake Recreation Area

Sourdough Trail to South St. Vrain Trail Loop is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ward, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 761 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Hiking Snowshoeing Walking Forest River Views Wildlife Rocky Snow Fee
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There is no fee to do this hike, as the trail starts outside Brainard Lake Recreation Area. During the winter the road through Brainard Lake Recreation Area is closed. During the summer, the road is open but there is a $11 fee (cash only) to enter. This is a popular snowshoeing route.

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Bruce Felix
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James Colorado
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Hiking

Loved it.

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Alejandra Santana
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HikingGreat!

Nice, quite, peaceful hike through the woods. Great for the dogs the majority of the trail has shades. No big “views” but sometimes that’s the beauty of it all, appreciate the different beauty Colorado has to offer.

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the dude
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Alyssa Penney
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Did this yesterday 7/25/20. Did not enjoy. There were no pretty views and found it very boring. Felt like I was just walking through a woods.

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Charles White
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I think the name of this hike should be Sourdough Trail to Waldrop Trail Loop as they are the posted names of those trails on the trail. Very forested, nice and quiet. But no views. The extra trail extension down to Red Rock Lake is worth it. Our quick video; https://www.relive.cc/view/veqzDxXyXBO

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Megan Thompson-Munson
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There were very few people, which was nice. the trail was well maintained and almost completely under the cover of trees. My only complaint was that it was fairly boring. Very few wildflowers, almost no views, nothing that exciting. For 5 miles, it was a little boring in my opinion. That said, it was super quiet and peaceful.

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Allison M
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Janelle Shane
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Lovely forest just below treeline, and a gentle trail with nice flow, part of which was not crowded at all. Would be a nice bad-weather alternative to the higher hikes. Hiked June 26; no snow and the sourdough trail was damp but not muddy. Some mud on St Vrain. Note: don’t go off trail near the low point as is indicated on the default route; if you stay on trail it’s only a tiny bit farther and there’s a very handy bridge. Went counterclockwise; saw almost no hikers on the sourdough portion. Lots more on the return leg, most heading to Brainard Lake. Taking the road back might be nicer for social distancing.

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Timothy Williams
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Did this hike 6/25 early in parking lot was filling at 6:45am. We did the trail counter clockwise. Some mud, rained the afternoon before. The bathrooms were closed. Should open July 1. Gorgeous wild flowers, a few birds. Not too many people in beginning towards end a little more about 50% wore masks

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Michelle Court-Reuss
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Hiking

Good trail - got a mix of sun, rain, hail and snow on the path. Very easy walk through the woods honestly. On the walk back we were able to catch a moose!

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Jill Cain
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Great mix of water and trail. Was a little muddy towards the lake side and there were a few trees blocking the trail here and there. Made for a fun hike. The dog had a blast. Very rocky in places so watch your step.

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Lisa Miller
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Lovely trail. Everyone was headed to the lake, had the trail to ourselves until the end. Little bit of snow & some mud. No need for traction or snowshoes. Glad I had my waterproof boots on.

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Zach Bingham
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Hike took 3 hours and 30 minutes total, including two breaks of 15 minutes to eat. Still a lot of snow of the trail, at least 60% of it is covered in deep snow. Not many people at all. Overall enjoyable hike, but our feet were soaked by hour 1. Bring water proof shoes!

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Jill McGinnis
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Stacey Reynolds
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Great snowshoeing trail. We didn’t make it all the way this time but it was beautiful outside and the wind wasn’t so bad in the trees. Quick reminder to everyone to please practice good social distancing, especially in the parking lots and at the trailhead. The amount of people congregated close together at the front was tough to navigate, and we need to stay safe if we want to continue to have the privilege of doing these fun activities!

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Julie Lee
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Didn’t end up trying the loop because dogs are not allowed on part of it in the winter time. We were glad to have snow shoes on Sourdough Trail. Nice trail.

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Sarah Heyborne
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Great hike. Snowshoes were appropriate, micro spikes definitely necessary. The majority of us were either on snowshoe or ski. Lots of dogs. Wind blew the trail over a fair amount but always easy to find

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Ariella Wells
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Snowshoeing

3/6 Friday got there around 1030 am. plenty of parking still available. did sourdough trail. first 1.5 to 2 miles was packed but then.snowshoes were definitely needed. with all the snow and hills we ended up with over 1300 feet of elevation gain. not 600 that this says. went to where we saw beaver reservoir and then had to turn around due to time constraints.

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Eric Butler
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Snowshoeing

Still plenty of good snow, although largely packed. I didn't follow this exact route. Rather, I took the Brainard Lake Snowshoe trail to the far end of the South St. Vrain Trail and followed it back to the Sourdough Trail. Even on a typically windy day, the dense forest gives a fair amount of cover.

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Kevin Cash
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Snow

Great for snowshoeing. Trail packed and hiking or spikes would work with some postholing.

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Adam Weisman
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Snowshoeing

Sweeeeeeet

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Carmel Maddox
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Great snowshoe trail for dogs. There is part of the trail that dogs can not be on, but it’s well marked. Can be done as and in & out or loop. Beautiful and peaceful. The cross country skiers are on the no dog trail, so we barely saw a soul.

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Natalie Rubio
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Kristin Kabelen
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We did this trail in 10/20. We really wanted to go farther but it was a crazy windy and snowy day. It was a beautiful trail though and a winter wonderland with the snow. I would recommend and would like to come back in better weather!

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Tj Draeger
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