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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > White River National Forest > Blanco Ranger District

Quick Facts

North Elk Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,400 Feet (3241.9 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 360 Feet (112.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,760 Feet (3354.1 Meters)
Handicapped Accessible: Yes The North Elk Trail is very rough and narrow.
Length: 3.7 Miles (6.17 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1835

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General Description

The North Elk Trail begins along the Buford-Newcastle Road (Forest Road 245). It provides good access for hunting and fishing and is open to motorcycles and ATVs The trail follows the east fork of North Elk through aspen and oak brush covered hillsides for 2 1/2 miles to the junction of the middle fork and the east fork of North Elk Creek. It then follows the main fork 1 1/2 miles down to the Hamilton cowcamp near the confluence of the main and west fork of North Elk. The last 1 1/2 miles follows an old road through the meadows in the bottom of the creek until it reaches private land.

Directions from Meeker: North Elk Trail is located 32 miles east of Meeker. Take State Highway 13 east out of Meeker for one mile; turn right on County Road 8 for 20 miles to the Buford New Castle Road (County Road 17). Turn right for 11 miles to the North Elk Trail. The trail may be difficult to find; there is not any trailhead information board.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through November (NOTE: Always open. Beware of severe Winter conditions.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 2000-07-05 18:08:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing
ICON Hiking & Walking North Elk Trail
ICON Horseback Riding
ICON Motorcycle Riding

Related Activities
Buford-New Castle Road - This route takes you from Buford, 22 miles east of Meeker on the White River, to New Castle, 44 miles south, on the Colorado River between Glenwood Springs and Rifle. The road is gravel.

Meadow Lake Campground - Meadow Lake is located 25 miles north of New Castle. The campground sits north of Meadow Lake which is within walkable distance and offers great views.


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