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Quick Facts

Three Forks Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,550 Feet (2353.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,690 Feet (526.8 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,240 Feet (2880.3 Meters)
Length: 5.5 Miles (9.17 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 2150

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General Description

Three Forks offers the Forest Visitor a walk through a natural forested environment. The trail follows the creek with a number of crossings and beaver ponds along the way. The trail frequently passes through stands of spruce and aspen. The ridgetop offers an outstanding view of the East Rifle Creek drainage.

Directions from Rifle: Go north on Highway 13 approximately two miles. Turn right onto State Highway 325 and travel approximately 11 miles to the Forest Boundary. Continue on Forest Road 832 for approximately 2 miles, past the Spruce Picnic Area, to Three Forks Campground and Trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
late spring through fall: May through October (NOTE: Accessibility depends on snow depth and weather.) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
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Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Ranger TipModerate to diffiult section, then easy to moderate. Total loop is 13.6 miles with a 1,600 foot elevation gain. Trailhead and parking at closed campground. Fishing is good in beaver ponds

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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: this is a incredibley fun trail but a bit advanced for bikers

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Three Forks Campground offers 3 developed campsites for tents or RV's under 16 ft.
ICON Fishing with required license
ICON Hiking & Walking moderate difficulty
ICON Horseback Riding moderate difficulty
ICON Big Game Hunting general area, with required license
ICON Small Game Hunting with required license
ICON Mountain Biking moderate difficulty

Related Activities
Spruce Picnic Ground - Spruce Picnic Area is located 16 miles north of Rifle and just north of Rifle Mountain Park. It includes four individual picnic sites and one group site.

Three Forks Campground - Three Forks is a small campground located 16 miles north of Rifle at an elevation of 7,550 feet. This campground offers access to nearby trails and fishing.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
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Visitor Information:

Rifle Ranger Dictrict, 0094 County Road 244 , Rifle, CO, 81650, Phone: 970-625-2371, Fax: 970-625-2532


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