Home | Getting Started | Gift Center | Gear Store | Topo Maps | My Wildernet | Newsletter Signup
STATE:
ACTIVITY:
SEARCH:

Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Ouray Ranger District

Quick Facts

East Fork Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,275 Feet (2891.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 3,125 Feet (974.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,400 Feet (3865.3 Meters)
Length: 12.5 Miles (20.83 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 228
USGS Maps: Sheep Mountain, Uncompahgre Peak




Satellite and Topo Map




General Description

East Fork is a popular trail for both horseback riders and hikers into the Uncompahgre-Wetterhorn Peak areas of the Big Blue Wilderness.

The first eight miles of trail are easily traveled as the trail parallels the East Fork of the Cimarrona River. Steeper grades and high elevation slow travelers crossing the ridge between Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn Peaks.

Food and water for horses are plentiful in the upper end of East Fork.

Motorized vehicles are not permitted.

The trail follows an old mining road for much of its length. Below silver Mountain are the remains of the Silver Jack Mine. Other evidence of past mining activity may be seen in this area. Today sloughing rock and soil have reduced the original road width, but and easily traveled route remains.

A small camping and parking area is available at the end of the East Fork Road. The last half mile of the road is rough and narrow. Parking for passenger cars and trucks with horse trailers is easier in the open meadows that are one half mile before the trail head.

Above the Silver Jack Mine the spruce and fir forests begin to give way to open tundra like vegetation typical of the alpine country. Both elk and deer are commonly seen in this area.

The East Fork is one route for domestic sheep grazing the alpine country. Bands of sheep are driven by herders along the trail beginning in July.

Directions from Cimmaron: Take Owl Creek-Cimarron Road from Hwy 50 two miles east of Cimarron south past Silver Jack Reservoir. Turn left on East Fork Road #863 and drive two miles to trail head.

Directions from Lake City: Take Henson Creek Road nine miles to the Capitol City junction. Turn right on the North Fork Henson Creek Road #870. Trail #233 begins two miles on the right. Follow Trail #233 up Matterhorn Creek four miles to the junction with the East Fork Trail.

Directions from Cimmaron: Take Owl Creek-Cimarron Road from U.S. 50 two miles east of Cimarron south past Silver Jack Reservoir. Turn left on East Fork Road # 863 and drive two miles to trail head.

Directions from Lake City: Take Henson Creek Road nine miles to Capitol City junction. Turn right on North Fork Henson Creek Road #870. Trail # 233 begins two miles on right. Follow Trail # 233 up Matterhorn Creek four miles to junction with East Fork Trail.



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

Add your own trip Report! Newly re-released feature. One of the most popular features on Wildernet, trip reports allow you to share your experiences with others. This is an invaluable resource for determining what to expect on your outdoor adventure, so please participate! To prevent spamming, you must be a registered user of Wildernet in order to submit a trip report

No trip reports filed to date. Please be the first one to do so!



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking East Fork Trail
Yes



More Information

Visitor Information:

Ouray County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 145 , Ouray, CO, 81427, Phone: 800-228-1876

Advertisement





About Wildernet |  Email to a Friend  |  Disclaimer |  Privacy |  Contact Us  | Comments & Suggestions
Advertisers & Sponsors |  Owners & Operators |  Tourism Promotors
©1995-2017 Interactive Outdoors Inc. All rights reserved.