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North Fork South Zapata Creek Trail

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Ending Elevation: 12,320 Feet (3840.4 Meters) Ends at North Fork South Zapata Creek Lake
Length, One-way: 2.5 Miles (4.17 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 868
Usage: Very Light
USGS Maps: Twin Peaks


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General Description

The North Fork South Zapata Creek Trail leaves the South Zapata Lake Trail approximately 2.25 miles from the South Zapata Lake Trailhead. This is a steep trail in very poor condition. This trail starts in dense forest and terminates above timberline with a limited number of campsites.

A plane crash on December 15, 1965 killed three men at North Fork South Zapata Creek Lake. The scattered wreckage and a memorial to these men can still be seen at the lake. It is a steep trail with a limited number of campsites. Water is not available along this trail.

A four-wheel drive vehicle or hiking should be used to reach the South Zapata Lake Trailhead.

Directions from U.S. Highway 160: From U.S. Highway 160, proceed north on State Highway 150 approximately 12 miles to a dirt road on the right. A four-wheel drive vehicle or a hike of 2.7 miles to the trailhead of South Zapata Lake Trail #852 is required. Proceed up South Zapata Lake Trail for 2.25 miles to the beginning of the North Fork South Zapata Creek Trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through September .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Limited
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking North Fork South Zapata Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Steep trail; poor condition
Yes



Related Activities
South Zapata Creek Trail - This trail begins at the Zapata Falls parking lot, and proceeds up South Zapata Creek to South Zapata Lake. There are several ruins of cabins along South Zapata Lake Trail to view.

Zapata Falls Area - This hike is not for everyone. Be prepared to climb a short ladder, get your feet wet in cold water and balance on slippery rocks.



More Information

Visitor Information:

South Fork Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 12 , South Fork, CO, 81154, Phone: 719-873-5512

Rio Grande County - South Fork, Del Norte, Monte Vista, P.O. Box 577 , South Fork, CO, 81154, Phone: 800-571-0881 or 719-873-5512, Fax: 719-873-5693, www.southfork.org

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