Road Ride: Tin Shed to Brainard Lake and Back
A beautiful seasonal road bike ride starting in the heart of Nederland, Co at Tin Shed Sports / Salto, passing through Ward, Co and topping out at Brainard Lake. This ride has fantastic views of the plains, the Continental Divide, Mt. Evans, High Alpine Lakes, and plenty of wild life… In fact, you’re almost guaranteed to see Moose on this ride.
As this ride takes you along the Peak to Peak Highway, be mindful of traffic especially when turning left from P2P into Brainard Lake.
Also, as Brainard Lake is in a high alpine environment, the road to the lake generally opens in late June and is open through mid October (weather depending). Bring a strong set of lungs, plenty of snacks and water.
This ride starts at ~8,300ft and summits at ~10,500ft. It has just under 3,900 ft of climbing, most of which is in the first 17 miles of the ride. We rate it 4 out of 5 on the difficulty scale.
The effort is absolutely worth it. It’s a fantastic ride.