New Fork Trail

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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6-8.5h
Distance
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25.9 km
Elevation
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570 m
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New Fork Trail

The New Fork Trail explores a gorgeous swathe of wilderness abundant with a diversity of flora, and a meandering creek adorned with idyllic swimming holes. Those who desire a secluded adventure in the Wind River Range will likely enjoy this enchanting adventure.

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Route Description

The New Fork Trail boasts breathtaking scenery. Explore lakeshores, canyons, creeks, and meadowlands, then take a swim in refreshing swimming holes on this trek. While this route offers wonderful scenery, it is worth noting that the hike does not provide the best views of the mountains, though the craggy-bound corridor is quite picturesque. Note the trail is overgrown and rocky in sections, as well as it demands creek crossings, so come prepared to do some scrambling. As with all sorts of exploration in the area, we encourage hikers to bring bear spray in the unlikely case of an encounter.

Embark on your adventure along the New Fork Trail from the trailhead off the New Fork Lake Road. Setting out from here, the New Fork Trail traces the shoreline of New Fork Lake, a shimmering, picture-perfect pool. Following the New Fork Trail, the path will eventually divert away from the lakeshore and along the meandering creek. Traveling through abundant wildflower meadows and sparse tree stands, the path’s incline will increase in intensity, warranting a bit of a sweat. Climbing through the canyon, you will notice Dome Peak looming above the valley on the left and Doubletop Mountain on your right-hand side.

The grandeur of the bounding granite walls will render you speechless. You will ultimately reach the trail’s end at the intersection with Dodge Creek. Marvel at the beauty of the encompassing landscape, then retrace your steps along the path back to the trailhead.

Getting There

The New Fork Trail departs from the trailhead off the New Fork Lake Road.

Route Details

  • Backcountry Campground

    Backcountry Camping

  • When to do

    May-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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