“A moderately steep trail ascending from Pine River CG to Weminuche Pass.”
— Tom Robson
Water can be found off the trail in most of the tributaries, but due to Giardia it should be filtered. As with all high altitude areas, storms can move in rapidly, bringing severe wind, lightning, rain, snow, or hail—any time of the year. Plan accordingly.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Swimming — Wildflowers
The Pine River Trail begins through a private gate next to Granite Peaks Ranch. Please stay on the trail, and camping is prohibited until you reach the Wilderness boundary. The boundary of the Weminuche Wilderness is 2.7 miles up the trail.
The Lake Fork Trail turns off to the north at mile 6.3. The Pine River continues to ascend, sometimes gradually, sometimes moderately, and occasionally steeply, to Weminuche Pass. The alpine meadows are full of blooming wildflowers in late July and in August. Enjoy the excellent views and photographic possibilities.
Flora & Fauna
Aspens, ponderosa pines, and conifers are in abundance along the trail as you follow the Pine (or Piños) River north.