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South Fork Loop

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Trail

5.2 mile 8.3 kilometer loop
Easy/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 hike through the Idlewild trail system with lots of options for additional mileage and exploring. You'll cross beautiful mountain streams in multiple spots.

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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Sep 1, 2019
Jim Turner
Jul 3, 2019
Woody Curran
South Fork Loop maybe with minor deviations in this amazing web of trails. 5.6mi — 2h 24m
Sep 22, 2018
Ralf Kulik
Aug 11, 2018
Christopher Kennedy
5.2mi — 2h 30m
Jul 29, 2018
Markus T
5.2mi
Jun 10, 2018
Amanda Leon
5mi
Dec 30, 2017
Luke Nelson
5.2mi
Jul 22, 2017
ashley delallo

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  4.4 from 12 votes

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