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Tewksberry Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,400 Feet (2618.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,000 Feet (311.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,400 Feet (2930.2 Meters)
Length, One-way: 5.0 Miles (8.33 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 842
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Beaver Creek Reservoir
Vehicle Accessibility: Multiple use

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General Description

Aspen Trees in the fall
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Aspen Trees in the fall
Tewksberry Trail makes a gentle ascent over scenic Meadow Pass between Cattle Mountain and Demijohn Peak. Throughout the trail, spruce, Douglas fir and aspen stands shade the pathway. Interspersed with the trees are open grassy meadows. For the first 2 miles, Tewksberry Creek meanders near and occasionally crosses the trail.

Several groups of log cabins and oxen sheds dating back to the 1880's can be explored. These old buildings mark the sites of oxen logging operations for railroad ties laid down between Del Norte and Wagon Wheel Gap. At the first building site the trail splits.

The right hand trail heads west and is part of an equestrian trail leading to private land. Follow the left trail branch that continues south. In about 1/2 mile, the trail splits again. Both trails continue southward and become one trail again near the top of Meadow Pass. After about a mile, the left or eastern most trail begins a steeper, rockier climb toward the pass.

Although this route is somewhat shorter, the right hand trail is more gentle. It is also wider and smoother, having been used as a stock driveway. Along the trail, be sure to keep an eye out for aspen tree engravings carved by sheepherders of the 1920's. This trail is not used excessively by hikers which gives the opportunity for solitude.

Directions from South Fork: Take U.S. Highway 160 2 miles west of South Fork on Beaver Creek Road (Forest Development Road 360). Turn right at Beaver Creek Campground access Road and follow it for 1/2 mile to the corrals. The trail goes uphill south of the corrals.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: April through November .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Time of Day: Evening
Length of Time: 2 hours ( round trip )
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful scenery We rode ATV's and took our time. We did not see anyone else.
Conditions: The trail was fair. Some muddy spots with an occasional fallen tree.
Water Availability: No treated water sources.
Recommended Clothing: Rain gear suggested. Layer the clothing for comfort.
Suggested Accessories: None

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Highway Springs, Beaver Creek and Upper Beaver Creek
ICON Cross-country Skiing Accessible, without driving, from 2 campgrounds
ICON Hiking & Walking Tewksberry Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Gentle
ICON Mountain Biking Accessible, without driving, from 2 campgrounds
ICON ATV Riding Take left and then right forks
ICON Motorcycle Riding Shaded with spruce, Douglas fir and aspen stands

Related Activities
Beaver Creek Campground - The facilities include 20 sites with tables and fireplaces. Attractions in the area include fishing in Beaver Creek and Beaver Reservoir and hiking on Tewksberry Trail 842.

Highway Springs Campground - The south fork the Rio Grande provides fishing opportunities. There are 16 sites and no drinking water or firewood is provided.

Tewksberry Creek Cross-country Ski Trail - This pleasant trail takes a gentle ascent over scenic Meadow pass between Cattle Mountain and Demijohn Peak.

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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


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