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Middle Fork Trail

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4.9 Miles 7.9 Kilometers

 

63% 

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Singletrack

3,623' 1,104 m

Ascent

-79' -24 m

Descent

7,566' 2,306 m

High

4,022' 1,226 m

Low

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

All Clear

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Beautiful trail crossing several streams on its way to the destination.

Sung Kwang Kim

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The Middle Fork Trail will take you up to Icehouse Saddle without bringing you up with the crowds. The trail itself is more challenging than the other popular ascents in the area, such as the Icehouse Canyon Trail. The additional challenge begins with getting to the trailhead. There is parking, but the road is rocky and more favorable to high clearance vehicles.

Once your laces are tied, get ready for a consistent, quad burning ascent. You'll cover nearly 3,000 vertical feet in just under 5 miles, which is nothing to sneeze at! Once you've gained the saddle, options and dramatic views abound, so be sure to take your time to enjoy a longer journey, or appreciate your efforts before heading back the trailhead.

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All Clear 34 days ago
Dry, Fallen Trees
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Dave JM  
Be aware this trail is 5.4miles one way. To get to the trailhead, you have to take Middle Fork road, which is a 3 mile uneven, rocky dirt road. This drive is not recommended for low clearance vehicles. Adventure pass for car and wilderness permit for hike required. I did this hike in Dec 2017 and temps were in the 70s, streams were fairly dry and there were numerous flying gnats in certain sections. I assume a mosquito net would be useful in summer months. Saw some Bighorn Sheep about 1 mile into the trail. About 2-2 1/2 miles into the hike, the trail splits....stay to the right (the trail to the left leads you to a campground). I would suggest not doing this trail with snow/ice on it because there are some scree areas between 3-5 mile mark that could be dangerous. Dec 12, 2017

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