The trailhead starts from the parking area at the end of Forest Development Road # 247. This is the boundary of the South San Juan Wilderness. A hiker leaving the parking area will drop off a small ridge to the Conejos River. The trail follows the river valley up to Three Forks and is relatively level.
The valley bottom is a long narrow alpine meadow. The valley walls are steep and forested with dense stands of Engelmann spruce and alpine fir. The trail passes through a few small stands of trees giving a good panoramic view of the valley and surrounding mountains.
There are good fishing opportunities along this section of the river.
After reaching Three Forks, the hiker has the opportunity to hike El Rito Azul Trail #718, the Middle Fork Trail #712, or North Fork Trail #714.
Directions: From the junction of Forest Development Road # 250 and Forest Development Road # 247, drive 6.5 miles southwest along Platoro Reservoir on Forest Road. 247 to the parking area.
May through October .