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Piedra River Trail #596

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 4.4 (10)
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11.3

Miles

18.2

KM

Point to Point

7,780' 2,371 m

High

7,120' 2,170 m

Low

1,274' 388 m

Up

1,856' 566 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Commonly Backpacked · Fishing · Hot Spring · River/Creek

Family Friendly The first few miles are fairly flat but beautiful.

Description

This is an excellent trail any time of the year offering something for every type of outdoor enthusiast. The trail journeys through a great mix of river canyon, meadows, and forest. Wildlife viewing, whitewater rafting, fishing, backpacking, bird watching, wildflower admiring and ample photography opportunities are to be found along this 11.2 mile long trail. The first couple of miles from each trailhead are relatively busy. However, if you venture into the inner stretches of this trail it is possible to find great solitude. In the winter months this is one of the only easily accessible trailheads. The first few miles provide a great snow shoeing or winter hiking excursion in a relatively friendly environment. If you continue on however, this trail becomes a serious undertaking in the winter months. The trail ends at the end of First Fork Road (FDR 662) at the First Fork Trailhead; this trailhead is not accessible in the winter months.

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Shared By:

Jeanelle Wychesit

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  4.4 from 10 votes

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Jul 1, 2022
Jeanelle Wychesit
2.5mi — 1h 00m
Jun 5, 2022
Mark Evans
I started at the bottom. Only saw two people the whole time. Trail was mostly not near the river and the forest canopy was thin. 2mi — 5h 00m
Oct 27, 2021
Ashleigh Shunk
May 25, 2021
Tyler Gibson
Most of the trail done was very exposed with little tree coverage after the canyon portion. It might be good to do this hike early or later if the… 3.5mi — 1h 00m
Feb 27, 2021
Lori Wagner
Snow packed and icy most of the way. Traction recommended. It was 0 degrees when we started and 32 degrees when we finished. Gorgeous trail. 4.6mi
Jun 28, 2020
Sam W