Brainard Lake Recreation Area: Niwot Ridge Trail, Photo Gallery, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, Colorado

Brainard Lake Recreation Area: Niwot Ridge Trail

Indian Peaks Wilderness Area

The Niwot Ridge Trail climbs 1800’ from the Long Lake Trailhead to a narrow, divisive ridge separating the South St Vrain Creek and North Boulder Creek drainages. The latter valley is part of the Boulder Watershed, a string of six alpine lakes that provide the balance of Boulder County’s water. Closed to the public, the Niwot Ridge Trail offers a rare glimpse down this protected valley. The trail itself passes through the 1200 hectare Niwot Ridge Biosphere Reserve.

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