5.5 miles
Distance
606 ft
Climb
-608 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

This is a winter-only fatbike loop (the Snowshoe trail does not exist in the summer). Most people prefer to ride it counter-clockwise to skip the steeper climbing sections on Snowshoe going towards the lake.

Start at the Brainard winter parking lot and hop on Waldrop. This trail mostly climbs towards Brainard lake but has a few fun downhill sections too. When you get to South St Vrain, turn left. At the next junction, make a left again on Brainard Cut-off trail. While in theory you could stay on South St Vrain to the lake, this section of trail gets very little traffic and is rarely packed enough for bikes.

At the lake, turn left again on the road and cross the bridge. Just after the bridge you'll find the Snowshoe trail. The entrance is usually very drifted, you'll need to go up 100 ft to really see how packed and rideable it is. The next section is usually pretty good, but then gets drifty and deep by the campground. Find the trail at the east of the campground, then you have a great downhill section. Next, you'll hit Brainard Lake road. Turn left, follow the road a tiny bit, then look for the trail to continue on the right. This section of Snowshoe is more rolling, there are a few punchy climbs and some pretty steep descents.

The trail ends on Brainard Lake Road, either follow the road back to the parking lot, or hop on Sourdough (south) to get back to Waldrop and the lot.

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

Comments


Post a Comment



Details

  • Featured
  • Winter only route
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Snowshoe
    • Nordic Ski
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    12
More Stats for Waldrop/Snowshoe Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    10,051 ft
  • Altitude start
    10,070 ft
  • Altitude end
    10,069 ft
  • Grade max
    -37.7%
  • Grade min
    28.6%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,718 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
close
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
ATV/ORV/OHV Filter
Max Vehicle Width
inches

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.
disable
Trail transparency
10
13
28
youtuber FAT Bike ❄️ | Brainard Lake | Snow angels...
FAT Bike ❄️ | Brainard Lake | Snow angels are fun
trail: Waldrop
15:42 | 200 | comments: 0 | favs:
Feb 13, 2020

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

statustraildateconditiondescription
Waldrop
Jan 9, 2022 @ 11:34am
Jan 9, 2022
Packed powder, riding great for fatbikes!
Brainard Lake Cutoff
Jan 9, 2022 @ 11:34am
Jan 9, 2022
Packed powder, good fatbiking!
Brainard Lake Snowshoe Trail w
Mar 31, 2021 @ 5:44am
Mar 31, 2021
The last few week's snowfall has added a great layer, but it's loose, deep and drifty in spots. Rideable, but not the fast racetrack it was a month ago. reporter
more reports »
  • flag
  • login to download gpx or kml files.