Middle Fork Cimarron River

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4/5 (9 reviews)
Ridgway, Colorado (Gunnison County)
Last Updated: 10/31/2023

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The middle fork of the Cimarron River is an amazing place to climb up into the canyon between Turret Ridge and Pinnacle Ridge. Starting at the confluence of the East and Middle Forks of the Cimarron River, the ascent through thick fir, spruce, and aspen forests provides an astounding array of scents, views, and peaceful wildlife sounds as you climb over 1,500 feet on a smooth dirt road. There are numerous excellent camping spots along the road. The incredible views of the mountains never end. A picturesque river calls out to anglers or those just wanting cool off in the clear water. At the end of the trail, is a parking area for staging and accessing the backcountry wilderness with a short (< 50 yard) walk down to the water at the boundary. Camping is not allowed at this spot, which is almost a pity because it's so picturesque here. While certainly not the toughest trail you will ever drive, it certainly ranks as one of the most scenic.
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