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Alder Bench Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,400 Feet (2618.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 500 Feet (155.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,900 Feet (2774.3 Meters)
Length, One-way: 1.5 Miles (2.5 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 799
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: South Fork West


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General Description

This had been a livestock trail, a way for stockmen to get their animal up to the high country. Now, livestock is driven on Alder Creek Road, leaving the trail open for hikers and horses. In the fall, hunters seek elk and deer on this trail.

Directions from South Fork: South Fork is 16 miles north of Del Norte on U.S. Highway 160. From South Fork, take highway 149 . Turn right on River Road (County Road 15) about 1 mile and turn left at Alder Creek Road (Forest Development Road 610). This will take you to Alder Guard Station.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late Spring through Early Fall (NOTE: Recommended season is Late Spring to Early Fall) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Clear and dry Updated: 2000-05-09 10:27:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Alder Bench Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding This is an old livestock trail.
Yes
ICON Big Game Hunting Deer and elk
Yes



Related Activities
Palisade Trail - This trail goes north towards Blue Park and Long Park and is mostly used by hikers and hunters.



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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