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Quick Facts

Lake Fork Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,800 Feet (2743.1 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 2,600 Feet (810.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,400 Feet (3553.6 Meters)
Length, One-way: 7.0 Miles (11.67 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 836
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Spar City

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General Description

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The Lake Fork Trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail. It follows Lake Creek through a rocky canyon, then gradually breaks into open meadows. The trail is generally gentle and well marked. It offers some very beautiful scenery and is easy to hike. It leaves from the Lake Fork Area where there is parking available and begins to climb through the Lake Fork Canyon. The stream flows within a few feet of the trail in many places and steep rock walls rise on either side. As the trail climbs, the terrain begins to flatten out and aspens replace the Douglas fir. Here, open meadows begin to appear and gradually Table Mountain comes into view.

Directions from South Fork: Follow U.S. Highway 160 for 10 miles southwest of South Fork, to the Lake Fork Roadside Area. The trail begins northeast of Lake Fork Creek.

Directions from South Fork: Follow U.S. Highway 160 past the Lake Fork Roadside Area to the Big Meadows Road 10 1/2 miles southwest of South Fork. Go past Big Meadows and Shaw Reservoirs, about 10 miles off U.S. Highway 160. This road intersects the Tie Mill Trail (Forest Development Trail 835) from the northern end.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through Late September .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Lake Fork Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Generally gentle and well marked
ICON Viewing Scenery Designated a National Recreation Trail

Related Activities
Lake Fork Rest Area - The Lake Fork Rest Area is 27 miles west of Del Norte and 9 miles west of South Fork alongside U.S. Highway 160.

Platoro Reservoir - Platoro Reservoir lies a short distance west of the tourist-mining village Platoro. The lake is 990 acres, the highest man-made lake in North America.

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Visitor Information:

Divide Ranger Station, 13308 West US Highway 160, P.O. Box 40 , Del Norte, CO, 81132, Phone: 719-657-3321, TTY: 719-657-6038


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