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The North Fork Cutoff Trail connects the Geneva Lake Trail to the North Fork Fravert Basin Trail. It has a nice view of the north fork of the Crystal River Valley and Lead King Basin.

The North Fork Cutoff Trail connects the Geneva Lake Trail to the North Fork Fravert Basin Trail. It has a nice view of the north fork of the Crystal River Valley and Lead King Basin. It is a short cut for travelers going to Snowmass Lake, but it is very steep. The trail is heavily used by horses and backpackers. Please give horses the right-of-way to prevent erosion near the trails.

Directions: From Carbondale, From Carbondale travel south on Hwy. 133 for 25 miles to the Marble turnoff. Turn left onto County Road 3 to the town of Marble, and past Beaver Lake. One half mile past Beaver Lake the road becomes 4WD and heads uphill and across shale rock. After another 1/2 mile, take the right fork, or Road #314. This road heads immediately downhill. It is about 5 1/2 miles to Crystal. Pass through Crystal, uphill approximately 1/2 mile and take the sharp left turn towards Lead King Basin. This is a fairly difficult 4WD road with some steep drop offs. Park at the Geneva Lake trailhead in Lead King Basin. Hike 1/4 mile, taking the right fork towards the North Fork trail. Hike for approximately 2 miles. Take the left fork at the sign to get on the North Fork Cutoff.

Elevation: 10.400 feet

Ending Elevation: 11,300 feet

Elevation Gain: 90 feet

Distance: 1.1 miles

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Strenuous

 
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