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West Jefferson Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters) Beaver Ponds Picnic Ground
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,585 Feet (494.1 Meters) to Georgia Pass
Ending Elevation: 11,585 Feet (3611.3 Meters) Georgia Pass
Handicapped Accessible: No
Length: 5 Miles (8.33 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Pike National Forest
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 643
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Jefferson, Boreas Pass

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General Description

This is a good trail for accessing the Colorado Trail at Beaver Ponds Picnic Ground and at Georgia Pass. The trail provides a good opportunity for day hiking and a loop trip is possible by hiking on the Colorado Trail. Water is available at Lodgepole Campground, Aspen Campground and Jefferson Creek Campground.

There are several points for accessing West Jefferson Trail. It begins in the northwest end of Lodgepole Campground. It continues on the west side of Jefferson Creek past the Beaverpond Picnic Ground into Jefferson Creek Campground. From Jefferson Creek Campground the trail follows an old logging road past a Forest Service gate. At the developed stream crossing the road becomes a hiking trail. From this point the trail is easy to follow to Georgia Pass.

Directions from Fairplay: Beaver Ponds Picnic Ground is located approximately 22 miles northeast of the town of Fairplay, Colorado. Visitors may reach this area by taking State Highway 285 north from Fairplay 17 miles to the town of Jefferson. Then drive west on County Road 35 for approximately 2 miles to Forest Developed Road 37. Travel northwest on FDR 37 for approximately 3 miles to the picnic ground. The West Jefferson Trail begins in the picnic ground.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through October .

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Recreation Opportunities
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Related Activities
Beaver Ponds Picnic Ground - The Beaver Ponds Picnic Ground consists of 4 sites. Each site includes a table and a fire grate. Hiking and fishing are popular activities for visitors to this site.

Jefferson Creek Campground - Jefferson Creek Campground consists of 17 individual family campsites with a table, fire grate and parking spur. Nearby attractions include fishing in Jefferson Lake and Creek, and hiking the Colorado Trail.

Lodgepole Campground - Lodgepole Campground is located approximately 21 miles northeast of the town of Fairplay, Colorado. This campground consists of 35 individual family campsites.

More Information

Visitor Information:

South Park Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, P.O. Box 219 , Fairplay, CO, 80440, Phone: 719-836-2031


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