Brainard Gateway Figure-8
ElevationAscent: 1,290' 393 m
Descent: -1,289' -393 m
High: 10,245' 3,123 m
Low: 9,391' 2,863 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“This is a great route through a high forest with nice views of peaks, ridges, and a nice lake.”— John Scalese
At 1.8 miles, take a left at the intersection of the North Sourdough (#835) and Wapiti Trail to start this loop clockwise (the reverse is fun, too). Follow the Wapiti Trail (#816) to Baptiste Trail (#815), another 2.2 miles until the signage for Wapiti/Baptiste.
Staying to the right (back onto North Sourdough (#835), follow the trail another 1.2 miles until you reach the intersection where the loop began. Continue on North Sourdough (#835) south for .4 miles to the South Saint Vrain Trail (#909).
Keep right onto South Saint Vrain Trail (#909) and follow for approx. 2 miles. After that, you'll come to another intersection where you'll need to keep left, and take the Waldrop Trail (#814) and head back to the first intersection. A final right-hand turn will lead you back to the trailhead.
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Land Manager: USFS - Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Office