8.7 miles
531 ft
-1,852 ft
2 miles
High Point

This is an excellent winter fatbike shuttle (and doable in the summer, though most would choose Sourdough over Waldrop for the sheer amount of rocks on Waldrop). SSV is one of the least trafficked trails at Brainard and is the last trail to get packed in so make sure you check conditions before you head out on a shuttle ride of no return.

Start at the winter Brainard parking lot, hop on Waldrop and ride west. When you get to SSV, you can turn right to start the descent or go left on the Cutoff trail to check out the lake. If you aren't pressed for time, we always recommend checking out the lake and the awesome view.

Either way, get on SSV and start the fun Upper SSV runs between Waldrop and Sourdough and isn't quite as steep as the middle section. You'll hit a 4-way intersection with Sourdough, make sure you stay on SSV. The next section is home to the "staircase" a steep boulder descent to the creek that is rarely snow covered in any season. Next you'll turn left onto the road section, then on to lower SSV.

Detailed Description
SSV Shuttle is a 13930 moderately popular expert route located near Ward Colorado. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 161.8 with a max elevation of 3157.1 then descends -564.5.
Local Trail Association
Local trail association
Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (bouldermountainbike.org)
Please consider joining or donating to the local riding association to support trail development & maintenance.
donate to earn trail karma!

Trail Products


Trails in Route


  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
    • Nordic Ski
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
  • Ridelogs
More Stats for SSV Shuttle mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1,326 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,744 ft
  • Altitude start
    10,070 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,743 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    5,131 ft
no votes yet
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Flow (Ridden Direction)
Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
  • bi-directional trail
  • no data
Trail Last Ridden
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine the last time a trail was ridden.
  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
Contribute Details
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors.
  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular
Max Vehicle Width

Radar Time
x Activity Recordings
Trailforks users anonymized public ridelogs from the past 6 months.
  • mountain biking recent
  • mountain biking (>6 month)
  • hiking (1 year)
  • moto (1 year)
Activity Recordings
Trailforks users anonymized public skilogs from the past 12 months.
  • Downhill Ski
  • Backcountry Ski
  • Nordic Ski
Jump Magnitude Heatmap
Heatmap of where riders jump on trails. Zoom in to see individual jumps, click circles to view jump details.
Trails Deemphasized
Trails are shown in grey.
Only show trails with NO bikes.
Trail transparency

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Brainard Lake Cutoff
Jan 9, 2022 @ 11:34am
Jan 9, 2022
Packed powder, good fatbiking!
Little Raven Extension Trail
Aug 31, 2021 @ 4:47pm
Aug 31, 2021
more reports »
  • By WendyBMA BMA & contributors
  • #27208 - 214 views
  • flag
  • login to download gpx or kml files.