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Backpacking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Saguache Ranger District

Quick Facts

Middle Fork Cut-Off Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,400 Feet (3553.6 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 700 Feet (218.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,100 Feet (3771.8 Meters) Ends at junction with Machin Basin Trail #784.
Length, One-way: 1.5 Miles (2.5 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 888
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Creede




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General Description

The trail offers an alternative or circuit route to Machin Lake from Middle Fork Trail. It is steep and poorly marked; it has been staked for future reconstruction. Attractions are excellent scenery, diverse wildlife, and camping.

Directions from Saguache, Colorado: Travel northwest on Colorado Highway 114 for 22.0 miles. Follow Forest Road # 750 west/northwest 18.7 miles over Cochetopa Pass. Take Forest Road # 787 south 16.4 miles back over the Continental Divide to Stonecellar Campground. Follow the jeep road west 6.0 miles from Stonecellar Campground along the Middle Fork to a corral. The trail leaves down the hill toward the creek and to the west. The trail is closed to motorized traffic. Travel on Middle Fork Trail #783 to reach Middle Fork Cut-Off Trail # 888.

Directions from Saguache, Colorado: Travel northwest on Colorado Highway 114 for 22.0 miles. Follow Forest Road # 750 west/northwest 18.7 miles over Cochetopa Pass. Take Forest Road # 787 south 16.4 miles back over the Continental Divide to Stonecellar Campground. Follow the jeep road west 6 miles from Stonecellar Campground along the Middle Fork to a corral. The trail leaves down the hill toward the creek and to the west. The trail is closed to motorized traffic. Continue on Middle Fork Trail # 783 to Machin Basin # 784 trail, which then leads to Middle Fork Cut-Off Trail # 888.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through September .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Along the route
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Middle Fork Cut-Off Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding steep and poorly marked
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Excellent scenery
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife Diverse wildlife
Yes



Related Activities
Machin Basin Trail - The trail has had no major maintenance recently and is poorly marked. Major attractions are fishing at Machin Lake, excellent scenery, diverse wildlife and rugged terrain.

Marshall Park Campground - This site is located near Colorado Hwy. 149 and is the closest forest campground to Creede. There is very little screening or trees, so heavy vehicle traffic along Colorado Hwy. 149 is visible.

Middle Fork Trail - The trail provides a direct route to Machin Lake via the Middle Fork of Saguache Creek. Attractions are fishing in the lake and creeks, a waterfall midway, diverse wildlife, and excellent scenery.

Palisade Campground - Some sites are open, while other sites are screened with cottonwoods/aspen/spruce/fir. Campground is located adjacent to Colorado Highway 149 for easy access to travelers passing through.

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



More Information

Visitor Information:

Creede-Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 580 , Creede, CO, 81130, Phone: 800-327-2102 or 719-658-2374, Fax: 719-658-2717

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