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

Quick Facts

North Fork Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,700 Feet (3023.7 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,700 Feet (841.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,400 Feet (3865.3 Meters)
Length: 8 Miles (13.33 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 128 Maroon Bells, Redstone, Marble
Pets: Yes - Leashed
Trail Number: 1974
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Snowmass Mtn.

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Love's Cabin is a well known landmark at the junction of Hasley Basin and the North Fork of the Crystal. The trail follows the North Fork of the Crystal until it goes over Frigid Air Pass. One large water fall can be seen about a mile east of Love's Cabin. Fravert Basin along the way is a wide, open, scenic valley. The back of the Maroon Bells can be viewed from the basin. This trail begins at the same spot as the Geneva Lake trail. The grade is gentle until the waterfall, and is again gentle until the ascent over Frigid Air Pass. It can be part of a loop trail connecting West Maroon Pass and Snowmass Lake.

Directions from Carbondale: Travel south on Hwy. 133 25 miles past Carbondale to Marble. Pass through Marble and about 1/2 mile past Beaver Lake the road becomes 4WD as it passes over shale rock. About a mile past Marble take the right fork onto road #314. The road immediately heads downhill. It is about 5 1/2 miles to Crystal. Past Crystal, approximately/2 mile, take the sharp left turn towards the north and Lead King Basin. Park at the Geneva Lake trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through September (NOTE: Snow at higher elevations prevents access to this trail in the Fall, Spring, and Winter months.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking It can be part of a loop trail connecting West Maroon Pass and Snowmass Lake.
ICON Hiking & Walking North Fork Trail (Sopris District)
ICON Horseback Riding North Fork Trail

More Information

Visitor Information:

Snowmass Village Resort Association, 38 Village Square, P.O. Box 5566 , Snowmass Village, CO, 81615, Phone: 800-SNOWMASS, info@snowmassvillage.com

Links to other sites:
Forest Conservancy - Current Information from Local Volunteers: Closings and Conditions


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