West Fork Trail #561

 

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West Fork Trail #561 Map <click here>

LengthTotal trail: 11.6 miles to Continental Divide one-way. Suggested hikes: 3 miles to bridge crossing, one way, then return to trailhead; 5 miles to hot springs, one-way, then return to trailhead.

Elevation Stats: Elevation gain of total trail: 3,100 ft (altitude 8300 ft. – to 11,400 ft); suggested day hike to hot springs 1,044 ft (altitude 8300 ft. – to 9344 ft)

Trailhead facilities: small parking lot at trailhead

The first mile of trail is through private property, so stay on the trail. At about 3 miles, there a nice bridge crossing of the West Fork and a level area for lunch. At approximately 5 miles, there are a number of very steep trails to the left leading down to the creek and hot springs. EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION ON THESE STEEP SIDE TRAILS. Camping is permitted only in existing sites at least 100 feet from water. At mile 6, the trail begins to climb steepley. There are several stream crossings before reaching the Continental Divide Trail at Piedra Pass.

Driving directions: Travel east on US 160 from Pagosa Springs for 15 miles. Turn left on West Fork Road (NFS 648). Left at intersection before campground, continue until road ends at trailhead and parking lot. 

Driving directions Map:<click here>

 

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