Nov 10, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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Lets hike the Sourdough Trail, we will hike for 1 1/5 hrs then stop for a 45 minute break for meditation time and then make the return hike back to our vehicles.
We will leave the trail head at precisely 12pm, this is a contemplative/silent hike!
This sign will now be on the lead vehicle so you can easily find the group!
The Sourdough Trail drops gently in a luxuriant sub alpine forest to St Vrain Creek and the St Vrain Creek Trail split (1.15 miles : 9,732'). Note that some older map depictions of this junction are not to scale. The downhill grade moderates to the first of two Wapiti Trail access points, a winter use-only trail.
The Sourdough bends northeast to a large meadow and pond with good views of Niwot Ridge and several iconic summits of the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area (2.0 miles : 9,712'). This boggy, aspen-studded area is a good place to find moose, elk, deer, and bear. A steep grade resumes through lodgepole to a break with views of St Vrain Mountain and the Beaver Reservoir basin ( 2. 5 miles : 9,566')
Sourdough TH: From Nederland, travel seven miles north on Colorado Highway (CO) 72. Turn west onto gravel National Forest System Road (NFSR) 298, signed as the turnoff for the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station. A parking area is not far on the left