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Mountain Biking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Conejos Peak Ranger District

Quick Facts

Lake Fork Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,480 Feet (2955.1 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 400 Feet (124.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,880 Feet (3079.8 Meters) Ends in Platoro. Saddle between Forest King Mountain and Mammoth Mountain.
Length, One-way: 6.0 Miles (10.0 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 716
Usage: Moderate to Heavy
USGS Maps: Red Mountain, Platoro
Vehicle Accessibility: Multiple use




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General Description

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This trail begins at the entrance to Lake Fork Ranch where the Lake Fork Trailhead is located. It is a gentle hike along the Lake Fork Creek to Big Lake. The trail then climbs steeply to a saddle between Forest King Mountain and Mammoth Mountain and drops steeply into the community of Platoro.

Dividing the Lake Fork Trail makes a pleasant day hike from either Lake Fork Campground to Big Lake and return, or from Platoro to Big Lake and return.

Fishing Lake Fork Creek from Rock Lake to Big Lake is flies only and catch and release, due to the stocking of cutthroat in this section of the creek and the lake.

Platoro is heavily used during the summer and advance reservations are usually necessary for lodging.

Directions from Antonito, Colorado: Go west 23.0 miles on Highway 17 to the Conejos River Road #250. Travel north on Road #250 for 17.0 miles to Saddle Creek Road #105. Turn west and proceed approximately 0.5 mile to the Lake Fork Ranch Road. The trail begins 0.5 mile past gate to the ranch.

Directions from Antonito, Colorado: Go west 23.0 miles on Highway 17 to the Conejos River Road #250. Follow road #250 23.0 miles to Platoro. Trail takes off from Conejos Avenue in Platoro.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through October .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Lake Fork Creek; flies only; catch and release; cutthroat
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Lake Fork Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Varied terrain
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Varied terrain
Yes
ICON ATV Riding Varied terrain
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Varied terrain
Yes



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Related Activities
Conejos River - The Conejos River provides more than 30 stream miles of high quality wild trout fishing. The Conejos River has more public fishing access along its length than any other major river in Colorado.

Mix Lake Campground - Mix Lake Campground is located one mile west of Platoro in the Conejos River drainage. Many bodies of water provide fishing and there is access to the South San Juan Wilderness nearby.

Tobacco Lake Trail (#719) - The Tobacco Lake Trail is one route that visitors can follow to climb Conejos Peak.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Alamosa Visitor Information Center, Cole Park , Alamosa, CO, 81101, Phone: 719-589-4840, bluskys@alamosa.org

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