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Niwot Ridge Trail

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 3.6 (7)

Follow a dirt road up to the crest of Niwot Ridge.


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6.5

Miles

10.4

KM

82%

Runnable

12,252' 3,734 m

High

9,298' 2,834 m

Low

2,954' 901 m

Up

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Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Description

Starting from the South Sourdough trailhead, follow the road for the Mountain Research Station up towards Niwot Ridge. Eventually the road ends, but the trail continues on up to the end of the Research Station outposts. You can return the way you came (13 miles, roughly), or take the Niwot Ridge Spur Trail up to Brainard Lake and the South Sourdough (#835) Trail back to where you started, for a 20-mile day.

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Michael Reschly

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 7 votes

#4

in Nederland

#22159

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  3.6 from 7 votes
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#4

in Nederland

#1,721

in Colorado

#22,159

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Our only marmot seen.
Aug 12, 2022 near Nederland, CO
At western end of Niwot Ridge Trail.
Aug 12, 2022 near Nederland, CO
Clyde Inman and Larry W Jones. Aug 10, 2022.
Aug 12, 2022 near Nederland, CO
Video with commentary of Niwot Ridge Spur Trail and Niwot Ridge.
Aug 12, 2022 near Nederland, CO
Three of the 5 Green Lakes.
Aug 12, 2022 near Nederland, CO
Albion Lake and two of the five Green Lakes.
Aug 12, 2022 near Nederland, CO

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