15.8 miles
2,150 ft
-2,134 ft
2 miles
High Point

Little Raven is closed to bike November 15-April 30.

This route is a true physical and technical test piece. Expect long, consistent rock gardens and baby heads on the climb and on the descent. Bring your technical riding A game as this trail does not give up for a second. Beware it will fee like the route is a never ending uphill and that somehow you are going to be climbing both ways. Stay persistent and you will be rewarded soon enough.

It's easiest to park your car at the bottom of South St Vrain trail. You'll have a couple mile ride up Beaver Res road to access Sourdough (North) on the left. Enjoy the warmup because this ride never gets easy Keep climbing up Sourdough (North) all the way to the Brainard winter parking lot. Cross the road, then climb Lefthand Park Resevoir Road. You'll pass Little Raven Extension on the left first, don't take it, keep going up! Finally you'll get to Little Raven on the right. This trail is about 2 miles long and ends at Brainard Lake. Take a left on Brainard Lake road and follow the road around the lake. You'll come to Brainard Lake Cutoff trail on the right just after you cross the bridge. Take Brainard Lake Cutoff to South St Vrain. The true descending starts once you reconnect with South St Vrain (909). Get ready to rip all the way back down to the trailhead. This part of the route will keep you on your toes, seriously. Expect large boulders, baby heads and basketball sized rocks that are ready to eat you and your wheels. Flow can be found but you need to work for it.

Bring PLENTY of water and snacks, you're going to need it.

Detailed Description
South Saint Vrain - Figure 8 is a 25506 popular expert route located near Ward Colorado. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 655.2 with a max elevation of 3229 then descends -650.5.
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provin1327 (Jul 20, 2019 at 13:29)
 This trail is an absolute physical and technical test piece. Bring your a game, plenty of snacks and water because you are going to need it. There are no huge rock drops or jumps on this route but the entire climb and descent has you in your toes. It is very, very technical. Rideable but tough.

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    Black Diamond
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More Stats for South Saint Vrain - Figure 8 mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    8,744 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,744 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,760 ft
  • Grade max
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  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,150 ft
Avg: 4.35 (3 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Sourdough (North)
Apr 6, 2022 @ 7:50pm
Apr 6, 2022
Still a couple feet of snow.
Jan 30, 2022 @ 9:31am
Jan 30, 2022
About the best of season so far
Sourdough (South)
Jan 16, 2022 @ 9:14am
Jan 16, 2022
Mostly rideable wit very low tire pressures except for short sections with side-slopes and drifts.
Brainard Lake Cutoff
Jan 9, 2022 @ 11:34am
Jan 9, 2022
Packed powder, good fatbiking!
Little Raven
Aug 8, 2021 @ 8:20am
Aug 8, 2021
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