This trail accesses some of the finest deer and elk habitat in the country. It also provides scenic views of the Fryingpan Valley and Rocky Fork Creek. The first part of the trail is steep but flattens out on top with a short downhill to Rocky Fork Creek.
From Basalt to the Trailhead: Follow the Fryingpan River Road to the inlet of Ruedi Reservoir (about 23 miles). Turn right onto the dirt road just after the bridge that crosses the river. Drive past the campground entrance, and take the first dirt road to the left. Drive past the house, take the right fork, and follow the road to the gate. Park here. (Please don’t block the road or gate.) This trail is restricted to non-motorized traffic only. The first part of this trail crosses private property; please respect their rights.