Brainard Lake

OutAndBack • 5.4 mi • 0 ft

Often described as the most popular area for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in all of the Front Range, the Brainard Lake area has a great variety of trails for both cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Brainard Lake Trail, Waldrop North Ski Trail, CMC South Ski Trail, and Little Raven Ski Trail all leave from the Red Rock Lake trailhead and lead to Brainard Lake. There are also connections to South Saint Vrain Trail and the continuation of Little Raven Ski Trail. This system makes a great place for both day trips and overnight adventures. To the west the 73,391-acre Indian Peaks Wilderness Area offers unlimited access to valleys carved by ancient glaciers and bowls that tempt the telemark skier and snowshoer looking for an extended tour and slopes to hike and ski. Surface quality: Ungroomed but usually tracked by skiers or snowshoers. Avalanche danger: Low.
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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Ward
Length: 5.4 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Novice
Duration: 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 10,080 feet
Local Contacts: Brainard Lake Recreation Area
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Went on the cmc south trail had excelent time. Very beautiful trail some breath taking views. fairly easy. If you can run a 5k you can do this trail no problem.

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