Second Fork Rock Creek Trail #236
ElevationAscent: 1,942' 592 m
Descent: -23' -7 m
High: 7,375' 2,248 m
Low: 5,455' 1,663 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“A steady climb through an impressive canyon, along a trail that follows a nice, aspen-lined creek.”— Keaton Reed
The trail is well-maintained, though some sections are a little rocky. After another 1.5 miles, the trail forks again, but the Second Fork Trail is again clearly marked with a "236" sign. After this point, the trail crosses the creek several times, but fortunately they are all easy crossings. There are a few muddy sections, even in the late summer and fall, so I imagine this trail is particularly muddy in the spring.
The upper portion of the canyon is especially scenic, with plenty of pines and aspens to provide nice shade. The trail ends when it connects with ATV trail labeled "171B." From here, you can possibly extend your trip by taking one of the connectors over to First Fork and make a loop, or exploring the highlands of the South Hills. The scenery is nice in the high elevations with large groves of aspens and pine stands that stand in stark contrast with the golden hills and blue skies.
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