At a Glance
|Permit Info:||No permits are required at this time.|
|Closest Towns:||Nederland and Ward, Colorado|
|Operated By:||U.S. Forest Service|
General InformationDirections: From Nederland, travel seven miles north on Colorado Highway 72. Turn west onto gravel National Forest System Road 298, signed as the turnoff for the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station. A parking area is not far on the left.
Mountain BikingRecreation areas with activity Mountain Biking:
The Sourdough Trail offers great mountain biking opportunities. Connect with Waldrop, South Saint Vrain, Little Raven (and its extension), or Buchanan Pass trails, or Middle Saint Vrain or Coney Creek Roads for loops and side trips.
Day HikingRecreation areas with activity Day Hiking:
BackpackingRecreation areas with activity Backpacking:
Horse RidingRecreation areas with activity Horse Riding:
This trailhead at the south end of the Sourdough Trail offers ample parking and turnaround space. Sourdough Trail is a longer-distance trail excellent for a day-outing.
|Water Availability||Occasional lakes and streams.|
XC Skiing/SnowshoeingRecreation areas with activity XC Skiing/Snowshoeing: From Sourdough Trailhead, the Sourdough Trail and Rainbow Lakes Road are both popular ski or snowshoe treks. The Sourdough Trail heads north, climbing over the shoulder of Niwot Ridge to Brainard Lake Road and beyond. Rainbow Lakes Road heads west for 4.5 miles to Rainbow Lakes Campground. Beyond the campground, the Rainbow Lakes Trail and Glacier Rim Trail head into the Indian Peaks Wilderness.