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Mountain Biking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Divide Ranger District

Quick Facts

Fremont's Camp Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,400 Feet (2930.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,400 Feet (748.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,800 Feet (3678.3 Meters)
Length, One-way: 3.5 Miles (5.83 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 885
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Pine Cone Knob, Pool Table Mountain
Vehicle Accessibility: Multiple use

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General Description

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In 1848, General John C. Fremont made a disastrous attempt to cross the San Juan Mountains in the dead of winter while locating a route for the railroad. The route would be nearly impassable in a normal winter and the winter of 1848 was particularly harsh, with six to seven foot drifts in the mountains. Eleven of the 37 men and all of the 120 mules died on the trip. For several weeks all the men had to eat was mule.

The first two miles of the hike are on a 4-wheel-drive road (Forest Development Road # 640). The trail passes through several ecosystems, from aspen and Douglas fir stands, up into spruce and fir stands and finally into alpine meadows. From the lower parts of the trail the high cliffs for which Cathedral Campground is named can be seen.

Plans were made to by-pass private property in 1990. Please check with the Divide (Del Norte) Ranger District for completion dates and other information.

Directions from Del Norte, Colorado: Travel west 9.0 miles to the Embargo Bridge, then turn east after crossing the bridge. Go north on Embargo Road and follow the signs to Cathedral Campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through October .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Snowed in Updated: 2000-05-09 10:41:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Fremont's Camp Trail
ICON Mountain Biking First two miles are on a 4 WD road
ICON Motorcycle Riding First two miles are on a 4 WD road
ICON ATV Riding First two miles are on a 4 WD road

Related Activities
Cathedral Campground - Cathedral Campground is northwest of Del Norte on Embargo Creek.Campground is located in an aspen grove with a beautiful view of Cathedral Rock to the north.

Cathedral Trail - The lower portion of the trail from the campground to Cathedral Rocks is the easiest to negotiate. From Cathedral Rocks, the trail climbs steeper and becomes rocky until it tops out near Groundhog Park.

More Information

Visitor Information:

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


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