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West Fork Trail #25

Intermediate

Trail

8.2 mile 13.2 kilometer point to point
88% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2,603' 793 m
Descent: -190' -58 m
High: 11,936' 3,638 m
Low: 9,334' 2,845 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by Nicholas Shannon

This trail provides the closest access to the Truchas Lakes from the north.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Camping is prohibited within 300 of all lakes.

Description

Although the total elevation gain is over 3,000 feet, the climb is fairly gradual. About 3 miles up the canyon on East Fork Trail #24, you'll encounter the turnoff to West Fork Trail #25. At this point the canyon branches with the Middle Fork and West Fork of the Rio Santa Barbara. The West Fork Trail #25 continues up the canyon which broadens into a large open meadow, where a magnificent array of wildflowers can be seen during July and August. As you continue traveling south on Trail #25, the canyon gradually narrows again. The trail crosses to the west side of the river about 3 miles from the Middle Fork turnoff and the trail begins to ascend high above the river in a series of long gentle switchbacks.

Chimayosos Peaks dominates the view to the northeast as the trail continues to climb up the canyon. No Fish Lake (11,600) can be seen along the trail just before the final ascent to the Santa Barbara Divide (12,000). This shallow lake will not support fish since it freezes solid during the winter months. It is located well below the main trail. If you wish to see it be alert and watch for the turn off as you travel up the canyon. The divide is also the Carson/Santa Fe National Forest boundary. Trail #25 continues to the south onto the Santa Fe to Skyline Trail #251 and Truchas Lakes (2.2 miles).

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