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

Quick Facts

Largest Tree Cross-country Ski Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,840 Feet (2755.6 Meters) 1/8 mile above Cross Creek Campground
Difficulty: More Difficult
Ending Elevation: 8,840 Feet (2755.6 Meters) Same as beginning
Length: 0.5 Miles (0.83 Kilometers)
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Beaver Creek Reservoir

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General Description

This short ski trail leads to the largest tree ever found on the Rio Grande National Forest. The huge Douglas-fir is over 66" (168 cm) in diameter, or 207" (526 cm) in circumference. The trailhead is indicated by a sign.

Directions from South Fork, Colorado: Travel 1 mile (2 km) west on Highway 160, then 6 miles (10 km) on the Beaver Creek Road to the trailhead sign. Beaver Creek Road is 1/8 mile (.2 km) above Cross Creek Campground. Trailhead indicated by sign to largest tree on forest.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Winter Season: Winter through Spring .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing Largest Tree Cross-country Ski Trail
ICON History Largest Douglas-fir tree ever found on the Rio Grande National Forest
ICON Biology Largest Douglas-fir tree ever found on the Rio Grande National Forest
ICON Viewing Scenery Largest Douglas-fir tree ever found on the Rio Grande National Forest

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.

Cross Creek Campground - Cross Creek Campground is in the Beaver Creek drainage southwest of the town of South Fork. Beaver Creek and Beaver Reservoir have fishing. Cross Creek Trail # 512 has the biggest Douglas fir tree in the Rio Grande National Forest.

Cross Creek Trail - This trail is mostly used by campers and big game hunters. The end of the trail offers some beautiful views of Del Norte Peak, Willow Park and the surrounding area.

South Fork Dispersed Camping Area - The South Fork Camping Site is three miles north of the Rocky Mountain Lodge, west of Forest Road #250. The site lies between the road and the Conejos River at the South Fork Trailhead.

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


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