Little Raven (#802)

Photo of the Little Raven Trail and directional signs with a dense pine forest in the background

Length: Intersection with Sourdough Trail (#835) to CMC Trail (#814.2) - 2.75 miles. DISTANCE IS ONE-WAY.

Elevation: 10,050 feet at Sourdough Trail intersection; 10,599 feet at CMC Trail intersection.

Trail Description: The Little Raven Trail/Little Raven Extension Trail is within the Brainard Lake Recreation Area. It begins about a half-mile south of Brainard Lake Road on the Sourdough Trail.

In the winter, this trail is designated as skiing only.

From the Sourdough Trail, the Little Raven heads west up a steep incline for a half-mile, gradually leveling out as it approaches National Forest System Road (NFSR) 232. A turn to the north/east returns to Brainard Lake Road after 0.8 miles.

To continue west on Little Raven Trail, turn south/west on NFSR 232 for 0.4 miles. Little Raven Trail breaks north/west from the road across from the old quarry. From here, the trail gently loses elevation for one mile, until it ends at the CMC Trail.

View a trail map here.

At a Glance

Fees: Brainard Lake Recreation Area CASH OR CHECK ONLY fees apply during the summer operating season (typically late June through mid-October).
Usage: Heavy
  • Prohibited: Pack animals (horses/llamas); recreational shooting (except for legal hunting) and being on trails posted as closed.
  • Brainard Lake Recreation Area Summer Season (May 1 - Nov 14): Dogs must be on a hand-held leash at all times; when open, developed camping is only allowed at Pawnee Campground (no camping in closed campgrounds); dispersed camping is only allowed north of the South St Vrain Creek.
  • Brainard Lake Recreation Area Winter Season (Nov 15 - Apr 30): Motorized vehicles are prohibited; dogs allowed only on the Brainard Lake and Lefthand Park Reservoir Roads; camping is prohibited within 1/4 mile of developed recreation sites except Red Rock Lake; skis only on Little Raven and CMC Ski Trail.
  • Fishing and Hunting: Permitted in accordance with regulations established by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
  • Unless seasonal restrictions are in effect, campfires must be attended at all times and cold to the touch with the bare hand before being abandoned.
  • Collection of dead and down wood is allowed; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Closest Towns: Ward, Colorado
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From Colorado Highway 72 at Ward, turn west onto the Brainard Lake Road. Travel 2.5 miles to the entrance portal.


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