Panorama on Sourdough snowshoe trail in Indian Peaks, Colorado
Panorama on Sourdough snowshoe trail in Indian Peaks, Colorado

Sourdough Trail Snowshoe Trail

Indian Peaks Wilderness
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Sourdough Trail Snowshoe Trail

Distance: 11.2mi
Elevation: 1,841ft
Time: 4-6h

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Sourdough Trail is a popular cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trail, conveniently off of the Peak to Peak Hwy. It is a beautiful out and back climb through Roosevelt National Forest!

Sourdough Trail Snowshoe Trail Map

Getting there

From Boulder take CO-119/Boulder Canyon Drive to the town of Nederland. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto W 2nd St. Continue onto CO-72 Peak-to-Peak Highway towards Estes Park for 6.8mi. There will be a Camping & Hiking sign indicating a left turn towards Rainbow Lakes onto Co Rd. 116. Trailhead parking is on the left side of the road approximately 0.5mi down the dirt road.

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When to do

Late November to Early April

Backcountry Campsites

Camping is allowed in the backcountry, no permit required.

Toilets

Yes, primitive pit toilet

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Good

Crowd Levels

Low

Route Type

Out and back


Sourdough Trail
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Route Description for Sourdough Trail

The Sourdough Trail is a straightforward out-and-back trail that travels through the beautiful Roosevelt National Forest. From the trailhead, the trail steadily climbs and gains elevation from its starting point of 9200ft as it traverses across the mountain slopes. This is a perfect cross-country ski trail and is popular for snowshoeing and fat biking.

Approximately a third of the way up the trail, you will cross over a small bridge over Fourmile Creek. The end of the trail puts you at the closed gates to Brainard Lake Recreation Area within the Indian Peak Wilderness. The way back is to follow your tracks back down to the trailhead.

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Hikeordie 1 year ago

a great place to picnic and a lovely view

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