This trail is entirely within the Weminuche Wilderness and the main attractions are the Spruce Lakes and the Continental Divide. South Fork Trail has two sets of long switchbacks along some steep ridges for a steady 2 mile climb. Once leaving the switchbacks, you encounter small, open meadows which are ideal for camping.
The upper 2 miles are difficult to negotiate following a rainstorm because of the slick soil, bogs and rocks. Due to the difficulty, it is challenging to the horseman and offers plenty of solitude. The fishing is fair along the creeks and in Spruce Lakes. Elk, pine marten and deer are common along this trail.
Directions from South Fork: Follow U.S. Highway 160 10.5 miles west of South Fork. Turn right on Big Meadows Road and follow it 1.5 miles to Big Meadow Reservoir. Take the Archuleta Trail (Forest Development Trail 839) until it intersects with the South Fork Trail (Forest Trail 750). Turn left at the intersection.
May through Late September .