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South Fork Trail #1827
The South Fork Trail follows the South Fork of the White River for nearly 24 miles. Nearly all of the South Fork Trail is in the Flat Tops Wilderness. The trail travels through many species of trees and shrubs, interspersed with grassy meadows. Three miles from the South Fork Campground, the trail crosses a section of private land. Two miles further it crosses a second section of private land near Lost Solar Creek. Please respect private property and remain on the trail. Seven miles from the campground, the trail crosses Park Creek, and three miles above Park Creek it passes the South Fork Falls. Three miles above the falls, the canyon begins to widen near Budges’ Resort (also accessible by the Coffee Pot Road from Dotsero). The trail then heads north, following the river through a wide, grassy area called “The Meadows.” After passing Nichols Creek and Doe Creek, the trail follows the South Fork out of the canyon and onto the Flat Tops plateau, ending at Trappers Lake Trail #1816 near Shingle Peak. The section of the trail above Doe Creek is not maintained, and users should expect additional challenges from deadfall and swampy areas.
Directions: The South Fork Trail is located 29 miles east of Meeker. From Meeker, take Colorado Highway 13 east for 1 mile, then turn right (east) on Rio Blanco County Road 8 and follow this for 18 miles. Turn south and Rio Blanco County Road 10 for 2 miles, jog north .25 miles, then continue east for 10 miles to the South Fork Campground and trailhead.
- Trail Measurement: 25.5 Miles
- Compass Latitude: 371310N
- Compass Longitude: 1063302W
- Numeric Latitude: 37.219451
- Numeric Longitude: -106.5505901
- Elevation in Meters: 2,315 to 3,323
- Elevation in Feet: 7,594 to 10,903
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