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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Divide Ranger District

Quick Facts

Decker Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,500 Feet (3584.8 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,500 Feet (467.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters)
Length, One-way: 4.5 Miles (7.5 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 834
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Spar City N.E.

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

This trail is steep and has not been maintained for some years and is therefore not recommended for beginners. The trail is not accessible from the bottom to the general public. In 1990, the Forest service planned to relocate the entrance to trout Creek Trail (Forest Trail 831) which will offer public access to the entire Decker Country.

Directions from South Fork: Travel southwest from South Fork on U.S. Highway 160 to the Big Meadows Campground turnoff (Forest Development Road 430). Follow Forest Road 430 for 1 mile, past the developed Hunters Lake Trail. The trail takes off from the right (east) ride of the road and follows the drainage.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through September .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Dry, open to 11,000 feet, then snowed in Updated: 2000-05-09 10:38:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Decker Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Steep; not maintained
ICON Mountain Biking Steep; not maintained

Related Activities
Highland Trail - Some people prefer to use the Hunters Lake trail (Forest Trail 800) which goes straight toward the Stairsteps. The Stairsteps are another scenic attraction of the Weminuche Wilderness.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

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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