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South Fork Loop

Intermediate

Trail

5.2 mile 8.3 kilometer loop
98% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 437' 133 m
Descent: -437' -133 m
High: 9,143' 2,787 m
Low: 8,906' 2,714 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Trail shared by Mike Davis

Singletrack trail in Idlewild trail system through dense pine and aspen forests and along streams.

Mike Davis

Features River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

A mellow run through the Idlewild trail system with lots of options for additional mileage and exploring. You'll cross beautiful mountain streams in multiple spots.

Runner Notes

New bridges in 2015 make stream crossings a lot easier. Pine needle covered trails make for soft running.

Description

From the trailhead, you'll go through a gate letting you know you are entering private property where access is granted to the Ridge Trail. Follow the Ridge Trail until you exit the private property and come to the Idlewild trail system which contains lots of different options.

Take the trail up through the forest which goes up over the top and then drops down to a couple small river crossings. Parallel the river until it crosses back on a long, low bridge with fabulous views of the Indian Peaks.

Heading back uphill along a wider path, you'll leave the river basin. Once you reach the turn off for Ditch Trail turn right and follow that back around to Ridge Trail where you'll re-enter private property and head back to the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of beetle kill pines through here with the occasional fallen tree across the trails.

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Nov 22, 2018
Whitney R
Jun 8, 2018
Brannic Bailey
Beautiful 5mi
Jul 23, 2017
Renae Hyronimus
Extra 2.1mi courtesy of Burnout Loop, running CCW. Link to Burnout: gorgeous. Actual loop: brutal. Had to walk last half of uphill section. 7.3mi
Jul 16, 2017
Renae Hyronimus
7mi
Jul 10, 2017
Renae Hyronimus
6mi
Aug 14, 2016
Amanda Mitchell

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  4.3 from 13 votes

#1876

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  4.3 from 13 votes
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#253

in Colorado

#1,876

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Photos

Bridge crossing with meadow and Indian Peak views
Jun 16, 2015 near Fraser, CO
Trail through the forest on Ridge Trail portion of this loop
Jun 16, 2015 near Fraser, CO
New bridge over South Fork Creek
Jun 16, 2015 near Fraser, CO
View of Byers peak behind the town of Fraser.
Jun 30, 2015 near Fraser, CO

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