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  • Ideal
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      Map defaulted to winter mode.
      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.
      Activities Click to view
      Region Details
      • 4
      • 5
      • 3
      • 12
      • 1

      Region Status
      Caution as of Mar 31, 2021
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      50
      Trails Mountain Bike
      25
      Trails E-Bike
      6
      Trails Hike
      45
      Trails Trail Running
      45
      Trails Horse
      4
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      2
      Trails Observed Trials
      1
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      2
      Trails Snowmobile
      4
      Trails Snowshoe
      23
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      16
      Trails Nordic Ski
      25
      Total Distance
      120 miles
      Total Descent
      20,568 ft
      Total Vertical
      4,870 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      13,212 ft
      Reports
      294
      Photos
      64
      Ridden Counter
      1,199

      Photos of Brainard Lake and Peaceful Valley Mountain Bike

      14 |
      Jan 10, 2021 @ 9:52pm
      Jan 10, 2021
      10 |
      Jan 8, 2021 @ 4:19pm
      Jan 8, 2021
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      Jan 8, 2021 @ 4:15pm
      Jan 8, 2021
      10 |
      Jan 7, 2021 @ 3:51pm
      Jan 7, 2021
      6 |
      Jan 7, 2021 @ 3:43pm
      Jan 7, 2021
      5 |
      Jan 7, 2021 @ 3:42pm
      Jan 7, 2021
      17 |
      Jan 7, 2021 @ 3:06pm
      Jan 7, 2021
      16 |
      Jan 7, 2021 @ 11:45am
      Jan 7, 2021

      Videos of Brainard Lake and Peaceful Valley Mountain Bike

      Fatbike down Sourdough
      2:00 | 42 | Nov 9, 2020 , Ward
      TwoRideTuesday #1 - Just the Fatty!
      4:51 | 51 | Nov 9, 2020 , Ward
      youtuber Vanlife, Dogs, and Backcountry Mountain...
      10:59 | 85 | Sep 6, 2020 , Ward
      youtuber Fat biking Peaceful Valley: Buchanan descent...
      6:56 | 149 | Jan 16, 2018 , Ward
      youtuber FAT Bike | ❄️???? | Brainard Lake | Trials...
      12:55 | 137 | Mar 27, 2020 , Ward
      youtuber FAT Bike | ❄️???? | Brainard Lake | Snow...
      trail: Waldrop
      15:42 | 140 | Feb 13, 2020 , Ward
      youtuber Fat Bike Report | Buchanan Pass | January 21, 2019
      9:07 | 209 | Jan 22, 2019 , Ward
      youtuber Fat Bike Report | Peaceful Valley and Coney...
      13:46 | 199 | Dec 3, 2018 , Ward

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Brainard Lake Snowshoe Trail w
      Mar 31, 2021 @ 5:44am
      Mar 31, 2021
      Snow PackedWendyBMA BMA The last few week's snowfall has added a...
      Waldrop
      Mar 30, 2021 @ 5:24pm
      Mar 30, 2021
      Snow PackedWendyBMA BMA Running great! Nice pack, pretty smooth.
      Brainard Lake Cutoff
      Mar 30, 2021 @ 5:24pm
      Mar 30, 2021
      Snow PackedWendyBMA BMA Running pretty good. A couple tiny drifty...
      Sourdough (North)
      Mar 30, 2021 @ 5:24pm
      Mar 30, 2021
      Snow PackedWendyBMA BMA From Brainard, the trail is packed but...
      Buchanan Pass Trail
      Mar 21, 2021 @ 10:01am
      Mar 21, 2021
      Snow PackedTomis916Generally good - starting to get soft in...
      South St Vrain
      Mar 4, 2021 @ 8:05am
      Mar 4, 2021
      Snow PackedWendyBMA BMA Awesome from Walldrop intersection to...
      Little Raven Extension Trail
      Mar 2, 2021 @ 9:38pm
      Mar 2, 2021
      Snow PackedWendyBMA BMA Hard packed but bumpy with post holes.
      Beaver Reservoir Cutoff Trail
      Mar 1, 2021 @ 9:44am
      Mar 1, 2021
      Snow PackedTomis916Still packed and fast.
      Sourdough (South)
      Feb 20, 2021 @ 9:29pm
      Feb 20, 2021
      Snow PackedgetvertSemi-packed powder on the ends where it...
      Waldrop Spur w
      Feb 20, 2021 @ 9:23pm
      Feb 20, 2021
      Snow CoveredgetvertSnow covered, only ski tracks on it, not...

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1019726jakethecovertriddentrailSouth St Vrain
      Apr 11, 2021 @ 10:19am
      Apr 11, 2021
      user #1990810DankOctopuswishlisttrailSouth St Vrain
      Apr 9, 2021 @ 6:51pm
      Apr 9, 2021
      user #1493826WendyBMAaddreportWaldrop and 3 more
      Mar 31, 2021 @ 5:44am
      Mar 31, 2021
      user #1538464Spenced33votetrailSouth St Vrain
      Mar 24, 2021 @ 8:38pm
      Mar 24, 2021
      user #1538464Spenced33commentreportBuchanan Pass Trail
      Mar 21, 2021 @ 8:03pm
      Mar 21, 2021

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #1538464Spenced33reportBuchanan Pass TrailCan a non fat bike Mtb ride it. 2.4 in?
      Mar 21, 2021 @ 8:05pm
      Mar 21, 2021
      user #1538464Spenced33reportBuchanan Pass TrailThanks Tom
      Mar 21, 2021 @ 8:03pm
      Mar 21, 2021
      user #1938243TSole12trailSouth St VrainMost of the trail is a black diamond, some...
      Oct 9, 2020 @ 7:34pm
      Oct 9, 2020
      user #739831andy-legrungetrailLittle RavenLots of janky, exciting rock features and some...
      Sep 20, 2020 @ 7:38pm
      Sep 20, 2020
      user #739831andy-legrungetrailMiddle St VrainThank you!
      Sep 19, 2020 @ 6:31pm
      Sep 19, 2020

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Gold Hill 1 35.3 km
      Ceran Saint Vrain 26.6 km
      Mud Lake 3 27.7 km
      Taylor Mountain 4 28.5 km
      Magnolia 4 16 910.1 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike2553 miles6,742 ft21 miles2,087 ft
      #4,313#1,9624328511720
      E-Bike614 miles965 ft4 miles1,936 ft
      994
      Hike45113 miles20,148 ft45 miles4,869 ft
      #3,736#1,840212755219
      Trail Running45113 miles20,148 ft45 miles4,869 ft
      #3,739#1,839275519
      Horse410 miles115 ft1 mile2,352 ft
      #58114451
      Dirtbike/Moto26 miles79 ft1 mile906 ft
      24
      Observed Trials13 miles33 ft3,770 ft423 ft
      ATV/ORV/OHV26 miles79 ft1 mile906 ft
      24
      Snowmobile410 miles932 ft3 miles1,168 ft
      9
      Snowshoe2349 miles6,545 ft20 miles2,087 ft
      #127#72173730
      Backcountry Ski1630 miles2,024 ft8 miles2,087 ft
      #38#24158406
      Nordic Ski2553 miles6,808 ft21 miles2,087 ft
      #86#501737165
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