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Mountain Biking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Leadville Ranger District

Quick Facts

North Fork Clear Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,750 Feet (3351.0 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 150 Feet (46.8 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,900 Feet (3397.8 Meters)
Length: 1.5 Miles (2.5 Kilometers)
TI Topo Maps: 129 Buena Vista, Collegiate Peaks
Trail Number: 1463
Usage: Light
USGS Map: Winfield

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The trailhead for North Fork Clear Creek Trail
Copyright: John Cys
The trailhead for North Fork Clear Creek Trail
The North Fork Clear Creek jeep road continues as the North Fork Clear Creek trail beyond the wilderness boundary barrier. The trail (a former jeep road) goes up a beautiful wide open alpine valley with magnificent views of the surrounding peaks. The grade is gentle. After 1.5 miles the trail disappears. You can either turn around or continue up the valley without the trail. This trail is closed to any mechanized or motorized vehicles.

Directions from Granite: From U.S. Hwy 24, 2 miles south of Granite or 15 miles north of Buena Vista turn west on Chaffee County Road 390 which is the Clear Creek road. Follow this gravel road 12 miles to the ghost town of Winfield. Take the right fork which is the North Fork Clear Creek high clearance jeep road. In 1.8 miles there is a spur road going up a steep hill to the north. Do not take this road. Continue straight for 0.4 mile to the wilderness boundary barrier which is the North Fork Clear Creek trailhead. There is plenty of parking.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking North Fork Clear Creek Trail

Related Activities
North Fork Clear Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road - The ride is a gradual, bumpy climb into an open alpine valley with meadows, willows, wildlife and wildflower viewing.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Leadville Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 2015 North Poplar , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-0749, Fax: 719-486-0928


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