Three Forks Trail

EASY 8 reviews
#144 of 193 trails in

Three Forks Trail is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rifle, Colorado that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

10.4 miles
1,863 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


mountain biking

trail running


Since this is a very remote and seldom used trail, wildlife and signs of wildlife are abundant. Mule deer, elk, black bear, and beavers are all present. The trail parallels the mellow Three Forks Creek - though that's not to say these waters haven't seen their fare share of activity. There are over 30 beaver dams constructed along the creek. Enjoy excellent fishing, with brook trout averaging nine to 11 inches. Rainbow and brown trout can also be found. On your ride, you'll see aspen, sub-alpine fir, spruce, oak brush, serviceberry, and willows along the banks of the creek. The trail rolls over hilly terrain, through dense conifer and aspen forests, and past many beaver ponds. The trail is remote and sees little traffic, owing primarily to its severely overgrown segments. With a variety of creeks in the area, there are a few muddy sections.

1 month ago

Nice easy trail. Saw a bull moose about 2 miles in!!! Steep ravine and creek separated us, when we crossed the creek to his side we turned back. Respect the power of the moose!

3 months ago

Jun 16, 2017 Started from the lower trailhead just past the Rifle Mountain Park. Trail is well used the first mile or so, but then becomes more overgrown. Watch for trail markers to stay on the trail. Dogs are allowed off leash (under voice control). First half mile is pretty flat, and then is a steady climb after that. Trail was free of snow, but had a few muddy spots. We didn't hike all the way to the end because of threatening weather and the scenery is really average. We enjoyed the first part of the trail more than the later part. Hiked about a total of 10 miles. We were the first ones at the trail head when we arrived at 10am and only saw one other hiker and his dog. Two other cars at the trailhead as we were leaving.

8 months ago

Love this trail. Never busy and great views. The trail is kind of hard to get to, but once you get through Rifle Mountain Park, just keep going until you see the sign for it.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

a great moderate mountain bike trail

Saturday, June 17, 2017

If you go really early (7am), or before it gets busy by 10, this is a pleasant, easy trail. It's great for dogs because there are a few river crossings. I recommend wearing longer pants or leggings due to how narrow the trail is, and there's hog weed in the area.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Beautiful views! A couple of stream crossings and a few trees across the trail.

2 months ago

Sunday, April 30, 2017