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Rio Grande Nat'l. forest/ San Francisco Creek

Near: Del NorteCO (Weather)
Number of
2 Total
20 Difficulty: Rigorous Trail
Trail Description A well defined trail for non-motorized travel goes from the camp area to the San Francisco lakes, via the middle fork. To make a full loop you can return via the West fork, but this is a multi use trail where motor vehicles are allowed. An altitude climb of approx. 2000 ft. in about 9 miles offers spectacular views. The trail winds through, Aspen glades, Pine and Spruce forests to Bristolcone pine near timberline. Elk, deer and smaller game are often sighted. Trail is rocky in most areas. Trail maintained by Trailwise Back Country Horsemen and USFS.
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Campground 4 Pipe horse corrals, high-line areas and room to put up electric fence enclosures. Room for 4-8 large rigs. Primitive, no toilet facilities. Town 9 miles on dirt road. Limited services. Running stream for horse water. Certified hay or pelleted/steamed feed requirement.
Human Facilities: Horse Facilities: Operated by: Contact: Additional Information

, CO
Directions Hwy. 160 to Del Norte, CO. In town turn south on San Francisco Creek road. First 2 miles black top then 9 miles of maintained dirt road to trailhead. For updated information call Trailwise B.C.H./Barb 1-719-657-9116.
This information was provided by Barbara P. Carpenter on 2/16/2008 10:05:09 AM

Notes on Difficulty Rating:  
(Gently sloping or level terrain; trails are groomed or wide open; shallow or no creek crossings. ) 
 More Difficult (Moderate hills over consistent surface; possibly some narrow trails and short steeper slopes) 
 Rigorous (Easy to More Difficult for rider but physically challenging for horse such as on a level surface through deep sand) 
 Challenging (Possible rocky, uneven surface, steep slopes, uncleared trails, faster flowing streams and other obstacles that lead to more difficult riding for rider and horse)