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East Fork Trail

Basics
Location:
38 miles southwest of Gunnison
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
11.1 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
6 to 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9300 feet
Elevation Change:
-1300 feet
Season:
June - October

Description

Hiking is easy on this trail which gradually rises 1,300 feet over a distance of 5 miles. The trail follows the East Fork of Powderhorn Creek and fishing can be good all along the trail.

The trail descends from the trailhead to an open meadow and then continues along the East Fork of Powderhorn Creek. One and one-half miles from the trailhead is the junction of the Middle Fork Trail which goes to the right to Powderhorn Swamp. Beaver ponds are abundant along the entire length of the East Fork Trail and vegetation is lush and green. For the first several miles, the trail is in forested areas. The vegetation changes to open meadows at 3.25 miles and remains that way to Robbers Roost where an old cabin can be found. New beaver activity may make the trail and stream crossings indistinct in places.

Hazards/Considerations: Be sure to take a map of the area and a compass to aid you in staying on the right path. It is important to be prepared for typical July and August afternoon thunder showers. It is best to get an early start and to avoid ridges and open areas in case of lightning strikes. Be sure to take sunscreen, rain gear, and drinking water. Remember, hiking at high altitudes requires more time and energy. Take your time, enjoy the scenery, and avoid over-exertion. Be sure someone knows where you are going and when you plan to return.

Details

Location:
38 miles southwest of Gunnison
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
11.1 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
6 to 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9300
Elevation Change:
-1300
Season:
June - October
Camping Info
Camping permitted

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Gunnison, go 9 miles west on Hwy. 50, take Hwy. 149 south 17 miles. Turn left at Powderhorn on County Rd.27 and go 1 mile south to the old Powderhorn Store. Turn west for .25 mile to the Powderhorn Cabins and turn left on the Ten Mile Springs Road. Continue on this road for 10 miles to the trailhead. Four-wheel drive or high clearance may be necessary toward the end of the road.


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