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      The Brainard Lake recreation area is a launching point into the Indian Peaks Wilderness hiking trails, but also has a network of trails east of the lake that are multi-use. This system runs north to Peaceful Valley and offers year-round recreation. In the summer, the trails are very rocky and chundering, but in the winter they smooth out wonderfully to support fatbiking, snowshoeing and nordic skiing.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Land Status: National Forest
      Land Manager: Boulder Ranger District
      Parking google parking directions
      Disclaimer:
      Little Raven and the CMC Ski trail are ski only November 15 - April 30.
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      Region Details
      • 5
      • 5
      • 3
      • 12
      • 1

      Region Status
      Open as of Jan 9, 2022
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      51
      Trails Mountain Bike
      27
      Trails E-Bike
      7
      Trails Hike
      47
      Trails Trail Running
      47
      Trails Horse
      6
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      3
      Trails Observed Trials
      1
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      3
      Trails Snowmobile
      4
      Trails Snowshoe
      24
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      17
      Trails Nordic Ski
      26
      Total Distance
      120 miles
      Total Descent
      20,838 ft
      Total Vertical
      4,870 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      13,212 ft
      Reports
      353
      Photos
      78
      Ridden Counter
      1,716

      Photos of Brainard Lake and Peaceful Valley Mountain Bike

      85 |
      Aug 9, 2021 @ 7:59pm
      Aug 9, 2021
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      Aug 9, 2021 @ 7:59pm
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      Aug 9, 2021 @ 7:59pm
      Aug 9, 2021
      77 |
      Aug 9, 2021 @ 7:59pm
      Aug 9, 2021
      14 |
      Aug 9, 2021 @ 7:48pm
      Aug 9, 2021
      trail: Little Raven
      17 |
      Aug 9, 2021 @ 7:46pm
      Aug 9, 2021
      trail: Little Raven
      11 |
      Aug 9, 2021 @ 7:41pm
      Aug 9, 2021
      trail: Little Raven
      11 |
      Aug 9, 2021 @ 7:41pm
      Aug 9, 2021

      Videos of Brainard Lake and Peaceful Valley Mountain Bike

      Fatbike down Sourdough
      2:00 | 132 | Nov 9, 2020 , Ward
      TwoRideTuesday #1 - Just the Fatty!
      4:51 | 134 | Nov 9, 2020 , Ward
      youtuber Vanlife, Dogs, and Backcountry Mountain...
      10:59 | 191 | Sep 6, 2020 , Ward
      youtuber Fat biking Peaceful Valley: Buchanan descent...
      6:56 | 260 | Jan 16, 2018 , Ward
      youtuber FAT Bike ❄️ | Brainard Lake | Trials and...
      12:55 | 224 | Mar 27, 2020 , Ward
      youtuber FAT Bike ❄️ | Brainard Lake | Snow angels...
      trail: Waldrop
      15:42 | 237 | Feb 13, 2020 , Ward
      youtuber Fat Bike Report | Buchanan Pass | January 21, 2019
      9:07 | 295 | Jan 22, 2019 , Ward
      youtuber Fat Bike Report | Peaceful Valley and Coney...
      13:46 | 285 | Dec 3, 2018 , Ward

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditioninfouser
      Sourdough (North)
      Apr 6, 2022 @ 7:50pm
      Apr 6, 2022
      Snow CoveredStill a couple feet of snow.Massgravityheight
      Beaver Reservoir Cutoff Trail
      Feb 26, 2022 @ 9:21am
      Feb 26, 2022
      Snow PackedRideable downhill and difficult up - even...Tomis916
      Buchanan Pass Trail
      Feb 13, 2022 @ 9:00am
      Feb 13, 2022
      Snow PackedRideable to the waterfall.WendyBMA BMA
      Waldrop
      Jan 30, 2022 @ 9:31am
      Jan 30, 2022
      Snow PackedAbout the best of season so farWendyBMA BMA
      Sourdough (South)
      Jan 16, 2022 @ 9:14am
      Jan 16, 2022
      Snow PackedMostly rideable wit very low tire...Tomis916
      Brainard Lake Cutoff
      Jan 9, 2022 @ 11:34am
      Jan 9, 2022
      Snow PackedPacked powder, good fatbiking!getvert
      Beaver Reservoir Rd
      Sep 12, 2021 @ 8:40am
      Sep 12, 2021
      Dryrickv85
      Lefthand Park Reservoir Road
      Sep 12, 2021 @ 8:40am
      Sep 12, 2021
      Very Dryrickv85
      Waldrop Cutoff
      Sep 11, 2021 @ 9:10am
      Sep 11, 2021
      DryWendyBMA BMA
      Little Raven Extension Trail
      Aug 31, 2021 @ 4:47pm
      Aug 31, 2021
      Drygetvert

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1094914Harley77commenttrailSourdough (North)
      May 11, 2022 @ 8:08pm
      May 11, 2022
      user #1425515getvertupdatetrailMiddle St Vrain Road and 2 more
      Apr 22, 2022 @ 10:28am
      Apr 22, 2022
      user #1668245MassgravityheightaddreportSourdough (North)
      Apr 6, 2022 @ 7:50pm
      Apr 6, 2022
      user #2992427BlakeCalvertClGwishlisttrailWaldrop and 1 more
      Mar 15, 2022 @ 2:08pm
      Mar 15, 2022
      user #1864310bocomtbvotetrailSouth St Vrain and 1 more
      Mar 10, 2022 @ 11:35am
      Mar 10, 2022

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #1094914Harley77trailSourdough (North)Big snow drifts… needs a bit of melting...
      May 11, 2022 @ 8:08pm
      May 11, 2022
      user #641611jamesthepeachtrailBrainard Lake CutoffBeware the old timbers spikes. At least 6 on...
      Jul 18, 2021 @ 6:10pm
      Jul 18, 2021
      user #1493826WendyBMAreportWapiti (USFS)This is Wapiti (USFS) - a trail with the same...
      May 28, 2021 @ 8:24am
      May 28, 2021
      user #2368095HonzicekreportWapiti (USFS)Wapiti is still listed as closed by Boulder...
      May 28, 2021 @ 7:48am
      May 28, 2021
      user #1538464Spenced33reportBuchanan Pass TrailCan a non fat bike Mtb ride it. 2.4 in?
      Mar 21, 2021 @ 8:05pm
      Mar 21, 2021

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Gold Hill 1 35.3 km
      Ceran Saint Vrain 26.6 km
      Mud Lake 3 27.6 km
      Taylor Mountain 4 28.5 km
      Sugarloaf Mountain 18.8 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike2753 miles7,011 ft22 miles2,087 ft
      #5,479#2,3565734011980
      E-Bike714 miles961 ft4 miles1,936 ft
      1276
      Hike46113 miles20,417 ft45 miles4,869 ft
      #4,475#2,139213329354
      Trail Running47113 miles20,417 ft45 miles4,869 ft
      #4,471#2,136332933
      Horse610 miles112 ft5,249 ft2,352 ft
      #93716471
      Dirtbike/Moto36 miles75 ft4,147 ft906 ft
      24
      Observed Trials13 miles30 ft2,119 ft440 ft
      ATV/ORV/OHV36 miles75 ft4,147 ft906 ft
      24
      Snowmobile410 miles932 ft3 miles1,168 ft
      10
      Snowshoe2449 miles6,818 ft21 miles2,087 ft
      #238#1352011147
      Backcountry Ski1730 miles2,024 ft8 miles2,087 ft
      #62#33181417
      Nordic Ski2653 miles7,080 ft22 miles2,087 ft
      #153#992017211
      • By WendyBMA BMA & contributors
      • Admins: BMA, darmabum, getvert, jgebben, mpopetz, Pumpntrail, Iowegian
      • #27847 - 3,212 views
      • brainard lake and peaceful valley activity log | embed map of Brainard Lake and Peaceful Valley mountain bike trails | brainard lake and peaceful valley mountain biking points of interest

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