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

Quick Facts

West Bear Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,000 Feet (2805.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,000 Feet (623.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,000 Feet (3428.9 Meters)
Length, One-way: 3.5 Miles (5.83 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 932
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: South Fork East, South Fork West, Pool Table Mountain
Vehicle Accessibility: Multiple use

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General Description

In its present condition, West Bear Trail is difficult to negotiate on motorcycles or ATVs. Hunters use this trail either on foot or horseback during the big game hunting seasons. The upper portion of the trail shows evidence of the old sawmills used in the early 1900's. Please check with the Divide Ranger District for trail conditions prior to your trip.

Directions from South Fork: Drive north on Highway 149 from South Fork for 1 1/2 miles. Turn right onto River Road for 2 miles. Turn left (north) on Forest Development Road 614 for 3,7 miles to the trailhead. It is a rough road and requires a 4WD vehicle.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: April through Late October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking West Bear Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Used by hunters
ICON Big Game Hunting Foot or horseback
ICON Motorcycle Riding Difficult to negotiate
ICON ATV Riding Difficult to negotiate

Related Activities
Alder Bench Trail - This is an old livestock trail, now open to hikers and horses. In the fall, hunters seek elk and deer on this trail.

Alder to Aqua Ramon Four-Wheel Drive Road - The first section of this loop follows the scenic Alder Creek Canyon. The road goes from 8,000 feet up to 12,000 feet with many scenic vistas.

Bear Creek Trail (Conejos Peak Ranger District) - Steep cliffs border Bear Creek near its confluence with the Conejos River. The trail climbs to the bench above these cliffs and passes through thick forests of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, white fir and aspen.

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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