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Purgatoire North Fork Trail #1309 is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chama, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 925 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Bird watching Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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Frank Hudson
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Walk in the park.

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Robbie Breaux
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Backpacking

Backpacked to Blue Lake via 1309. Great hike, but can be strenuous with backpacks. Beautiful views the whole way.

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Robyn Nussbaum
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HikingFeeGreat!

Gorgeous walk in the woods on Labor Day Weekend! This is a very nice trail through the woods that will refresh your soul. Nothing too technical, but it did get my heart rate up in spots. I would recommend waterproof hiking boots since you will need to cross a few streams. We went a little bit past where the trail ends on All Trails and climbed up the hill to the right. From there you are awarded with a stunning view of the peaks above. We sat there and had lunch while we enjoyed the view. Trail was well defined and not too busy on the holiday weekend. Pit toilet was very clean. I would like to return next year and camp.

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Joy Wattawa
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Pretty, rolling trail with a bit of uphill as your approach the ATV trail intersection. No major "view" payoffs, but I very pleasant hike.

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Peter Druschke
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Peaceful with lots of forest, meadows, streams. Views of mountain peaks are fleeting, usually obscured by trees. Route continues past what is shown in Alltrails, can be made into longer, more challenging hike, even overnight backpack.

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Brad Bishop
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Hiking

Great hike! Lots of fun water crossings.

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Gregg Goebel
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Beautiful trail follows creek . Highly recommend combining with upper Purgatoire trail with loop to top of steep hill at ~11700 foot elevation with stunning views. Saw bear near creek . Has some nice meadows also.

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Brian Montrose
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Hiked up this trail to the intersection with the Trinchera Peak OHV road. It was about 8 miles round trip, and the last 1.5-2 were pretty steep. If you just go a few miles in, it's a wonderful stroll along a creek with wildflowers, aspen groves, and some gorgeous meadows. There is a seemingly random sign for the North Fork Trail about halfway along and is a good turn-back spot if you don't want to cimb up several hundred feet in a relatively short distance. The two crossings were pretty easy; as noted, the second one has a log bridge a little upstream from the trail itself.

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Liddy Romero
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great hike, cool. several rivers to cross.

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Seth Kravig
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Hiking

This is from the Purgatoire Campground trailhead to the 2nd river crossing. It’s 1.9-2.0 miles in. The 2nd river requires either walking through water with your shoes or taking your shoes off and walking through water. I felt like neither today. Beautiful hike. Recommend early morning to avoid the rain and lighting in the afternoon.

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Natalie Gowen
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HikingMuddyOver grownSnow

Beautiful. But not fully accessible in late spring without snowshoes. We hiked this the last week of April, made it 1.5 miles in and stopped in a gorgeous clearing. But we tromped through so much snow we and were soaked. Further up the trail was at least 50 yards of snow, so we turned around.

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Frederick Aldal
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early in the season, a little slick, but otherwise quiet, cool, and nice

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Mia Meezy
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Saw a huge black bear in area 1/2 mile before trail on forest road today 9/16/19 in camping area, fyi for campers and hikers, beautiful area, great hiking... This trail is Moderate in some areas.

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Stephanie Miksch
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Parts of this hike are easy, but I would rate this as moderate. There are a couple of larger river crossings (one you can cross using a downed tree and one you can go off route to get to a downed tree, or just get wet) and some steep talus fields before reaching the top. I would recommend taking poles for the talus field sections (I think there were 4-5). The views on this hike are pretty amazing. I did the hike in August and was rewarded with views of wildflowers throughout the hike. Definitely worth the effort. Also, this isn't really a loop but an out an back.

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Kenny Munsell
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Excellent hike. Wildflowers were abundant and fabulous. Great views of the river for much of the trail. Grade is not too steep and is a pretty easy hike. We went to a river crossing and turned around. Caught several Brook Trout on dry flies near the crossing.

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Robyn Nussbaum
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courtney oldenburg
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Daniel Mahan
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Claire P
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Larry Yarak
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Stephanie Serenil
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Peter Druschke
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Amy Hutson
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Timothy Hill
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John Rettig
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