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Quick Facts

North Fork Cutoff Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10.400 Feet (3.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Elevation Gain: 90 Feet (28.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,300 Feet (3522.4 Meters)
Length: 1.1 Miles (1.83 Kilometers) 1.8 km
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 128 Maroon Bells, Redstone, Marble
Pets: Yes - Leashed
Trail Number: 1976
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Snowmass Mtn.

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The North Fork Cutoff Trail connects the Geneva Lake Trail to the North Fork Fravert Basin Trail. It has a nice view of the north fork of the Crystal River Valley and Lead King Basin. It is a short cut for travelers going to Snowmass Lake, but it is very steep. The trail is heavily used by horses and backpackers. Please give horses the right-of-way to prevent erosion near the trails.

Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel south on Hwy. 133 for 25 miles to the Marble turnoff. Turn left onto County Road 3 to the town of Marble, and past Beaver Lake. One half mile past Beaver Lake the road becomes 4WD and heads uphill and across shale rock. After another 1/2 mile, take the right fork, or Road #314. This road heads immediately downhill. It is about 5 1/2 miles to Crystal. Pass through Crystal, uphill approximately 1/2 mile and take the sharp left turn towards Lead King Basin. This is a fairly difficult 4WD road with some steep drop offs. Park at the Geneva Lake trailhead in Lead King Basin. Hike 1/4 mile, taking the right fork towards the North Fork trail. Hike for approximately 2 miles. Take the left fork at the sign to get on the North Fork Cutoff.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend (NOTE: Due to snow at high elevations this trail is inaccessible through most of the Spring, Fall, and Winter months.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking North Fork Cutoff and linking trails.
ICON Hiking & Walking North Fork Cutoff Trail
ICON Horseback Riding North Fork Cutoff 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

Forest Conservancy - Current Information from Local Volunteers: Closings and Conditions


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