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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Boulder Ranger District

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Niwot Ridge Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,400 Feet (3170 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 1,000 Feet (305 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,400 Feet (3475 Meters)
Length: 2.5 Miles (4.0 Kilometers) to Niwot Ridge
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 906
Usage: Extremely Heavy
USGS Maps: Ward

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General Description

This area is the most heavily visited wilderness entrance in the Indian Peaks, with literally thousands of visitors in the area on any given summer weekend.

Niwot Ridge Trail branches off of the Jean Luning Trail #907.1. Niwot Ridge has been designated an international biosphere by the UN for arctic and alpine research. Also some of the strongest winds recorded in North America have occured here (160 miles per hour).

Directions from Ward: Take Brainard Lake Road (CR #102) to the Long Lake Trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Summer through Fall .

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Visitor Information:

Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave. , Boulder, CO, 80301, Phone: 303-444-6600, Fax: 303-541-2515


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