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Niwot Ridge Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.5 (6)

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


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6.5

Miles

10.4

KM

Point to Point

12,252' 3,734 m

High

9,298' 2,834 m

Low

2,954' 901 m

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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

  3.5 from 6 votes

#2

in Nederland

#20689

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#2

in Nederland

#1,624

in Colorado

#20,689

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Photos

Panorama of clouds rolling over the ridge.
Sep 2, 2020 near Nederland, CO
From Niwot Ridge Trail
Sep 30, 2018 near Nederland, CO
Another makeshift CU observation hut; this one is called T-van.
Sep 2, 2020 near Nederland, CO
One of several CU shelters along the trail, this one is called the Kiwi Van. I'd love to own one of these, what are they?
Sep 2, 2020 near Nederland, CO
Looking down onto Long Lake at Brainard Lake; an amazing viewshed!
Sep 2, 2020 near Nederland, CO
Miles and miles of this....
Sep 30, 2018 near Nederland, CO

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Jun 11, 2021
Sarah Regan
Aug 30, 2020
JP Jones
Mostly following the dirt road, I enjoyed the CU research huts scattered along the trail. Good for solitude. Parts are steep and slow going. 13mi — 7h 02m
Sep 29, 2018
wildtrout1
Beautiful mountain and lake view at the end but not worth the research debris strewn hike to get there. 12.5mi — 5h 00m
Sep 10, 2018
Kim Chrislip
W Sarah. Super windy. Started at Long Lake TH and took the Niwot Spur. 10.1mi
Jul 4, 2018
Sean Peters