Home | Getting Started | Gift Center | Gear Store | Topo Maps | My Wildernet | Newsletter Signup

Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Divide Ranger District

Quick Facts

Alder Bench Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,400 Feet (2618.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 500 Feet (155.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,900 Feet (2774.3 Meters)
Length, One-way: 1.5 Miles (2.5 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 799
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: South Fork West

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

This had been a livestock trail, a way for stockmen to get their animal up to the high country. Now, livestock is driven on Alder Creek Road, leaving the trail open for hikers and horses. In the fall, hunters seek elk and deer on this trail.

Directions from South Fork: South Fork is 16 miles north of Del Norte on U.S. Highway 160. From South Fork, take highway 149 . Turn right on River Road (County Road 15) about 1 mile and turn left at Alder Creek Road (Forest Development Road 610). This will take you to Alder Guard Station.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late Spring through Early Fall (NOTE: Recommended season is Late Spring to Early Fall) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Clear and dry Updated: 2000-05-09 10:27:00.0

Add your own trip Report! Newly re-released feature. One of the most popular features on Wildernet, trip reports allow you to share your experiences with others. This is an invaluable resource for determining what to expect on your outdoor adventure, so please participate! To prevent spamming, you must be a registered user of Wildernet in order to submit a trip report

No trip reports filed to date. Please be the first one to do so!

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Alder Bench Trail
ICON Horseback Riding This is an old livestock trail.
ICON Big Game Hunting Deer and elk

Related Activities
Palisade Trail - This trail goes north towards Blue Park and Long Park and is mostly used by hikers and hunters.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Divide Ranger Station, 13308 West US Highway 160, P.O. Box 40 , Del Norte, CO, 81132, Phone: 719-657-3321, TTY: 719-657-6038


About Wildernet |  Email to a Friend  |  Disclaimer |  Privacy |  Contact Us  | Comments & Suggestions
Advertisers & Sponsors |  Owners & Operators |  Tourism Promotors
©1995-2019 Interactive Outdoors Inc. All rights reserved.