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Pine River Trail #523

Easy/Intermediate
 4.5 (6)

A moderately steep trail ascending from Pine River CG to Weminuche Pass.


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Map Key

23.2

Miles

37.3

KM

Point to Point

10,662' 3,250 m

High

7,892' 2,406 m

Low

2,994' 912 m

Up

256' 78 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Wildflowers

Family Friendly A great trail for backpacking or day-hiking with kids.

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.

Description

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.

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Shared By:

Tom Robson

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  4.5 from 6 votes

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Photos

Waterfall on Pine River near Snowslide Trail
Aug 14, 2019 near Lake City, CO
View of Pine River
Aug 14, 2019 near Silverton, CO

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