North & Middle Fork of the Swan River

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Location Breckenridge, CO
Rating Moderate,
Length 13.3mi
Time 4hrs

Vehicle Types

Overview

Amazing views and habitable cabin at the top of Wise Mountain.

Several well-preserved cabins along route, including a habitable cabin with functioning stove at top of Wise Mountain. Breathtaking views above timberline. Entire trail is open to unlicensed vehicles including dirt portion of Tiger Road.

Rating

Moderate
Trail Ratings Defined

The upper section of the Middle Fork is very narrow, rough and steep in places. Early season conditions, when snow lingers on the trail, can create difficult and potentially dangerous situations. When dry, trail is usually suitable for aggressive stock SUVs with high ground clearance and lowrange gearing, but use careful judgment if conditions deteriorate. An optional side trip up “Number 10” Hill is very difficult (see map).

Stats

Length

13.3mi

Time

4hrs

High Point

12,600ft

Best Time To Go

July-Sept

Current Conditions

(970) 468-5400White River N.F., Dillon R.D.

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Trail Updates

7/11/2018
Submitted by Charles Wells
I drove this trail on July 1, 2018 and would now rate it “Difficult.” The upper half is extremely narrow in places with larger exposed boulders. Also, the route number has been changed from 221 to 354. The upper half, that starts with a right turn at Waypoint 03 in the book, is numbered 356. In addition, you can no longer camp overnight on the right at the end of Tiger Road. A large parking lot has been built that is for day-use only. The cabin at the top of Wise Mountain is no longer habitable.

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