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.

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SSV Shuttle is a 9 mile 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 531 ft with a max elevation of 10,358 ft then descends -1,852 ft.
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More Stats for SSV Shuttle mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    1 hr 24 min
  • Altitude change
    -1,326 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,744 ft
  • Altitude start
    10,070 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,743 ft
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    2 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    5,131 ft
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