Wapiti Winter Trail


The Wapiti Trail intersects the Sourdough Trail at two locations north of Brainard Gateway Trailhead. It offers a nice loop opportunity for those exploring the Sourdough Trail from either Red Rock Trailhead or the Beaver Reservoir Trailhead. There is no clear footbed for hiking or biking; the trail is constructed for winter uses.

Diverging from the Sourdough Trail 0.4 miles north of the South Saint Vrain Creek and Trail, the Wapiti Trail turns west at the base of an aspen-covered slope, soon swinging north through a minor saddle. From here, Wapiti Trail continues north down a broad drainage, hooking back to the east and south around the north end of the ridge along the 9,400-foot contour.

Wapiti trail reconnects with Sourdough Trail off the end of a major switchback. It is another two miles north on Sourdough Trail from here to Beaver Reservoir Trailhead.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Best Season: Snow conditions typically exist December through June
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles prohibited. Although hiking and biking are not forbidden, the trail is not designed for summer use.
Closest Towns: Ward, Colorado
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us

General Information


Follow directions for Brainard Gateway Trailhead and head north on Sourdough Trail or go to Beaver Reservoir Trailhead and head south on Sourdough Trail.


Winter Sports

Hide detail HIDE

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Areas & Activities

Campgrounds At-A-Glance


  Area/Length : 
In addition to any lengths of trail to get to it, the Wapiti Trail is 2 miles; an additional 1.3 mil

  Elevation : 
9,150' - 10,050'