This is but a small portion of the Continental Divide Trail that runs from Canada to Mexico. Most of this part of the trail is at or above timberline and crosses some of the highest elevations on the whole trail. Snow can be present until late June or July and extreme weather conditions can appear at any time. The trail is in good condition and not terribly steep, but the high elevation and rugged terrain make the trail moderate to difficult. Portions of this trail were relocated and reconstructed in 1989 for user convenience and safety. The scenery along the trail is spectacular.
As this trail winds along the Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico, it passes through a wide variety of topography and life zones. This particular portion of the trail, from Elwood Pass to Sawtooth Mountain, crosses some of the highest elevations on the trail.
Directions from Del Norte: From the Del Norte Ranger District, take U.S. Highway 160 west for 23 miles, to Park Creek Forest Development Road 380 which is 7 miles of South Fork. Turn left and follow Park Creek Road for approximately 17 miles to Elwood Guard Station Cabin. The trail is about 1/4 of a mile west of the cabin.
Directions from South Fork: Wolf Creek Pass on U.S. Highway 160, 20 miles southwest of South Fork.
Late Summer through Early Fall .