North Canyon Trail 656 takes you through ponderosa pine and aspen forests. A scenic overlook of Vallecito Reservoir is available on a side trail along the way. The trail starts on the Forest Service gravel road on the east side of the lake near the entrance to North Canyon campground. There is no signage at the trail sign, but it is heavily used, especially by horseback riders. Mountain biking is also a popular activity.
Directions: From Bayfield, Colorado, Travel 13 miles north on County Road 501 to Vallecito Reservoir. Turn east onto Forest Service Road 603 and cross the dam at the south end of the reservoir. Follow for about 3 1/2 miles on the east side of the reservoir. The trail begins on the right across from the North Canyon Campground entrance.
Elevation: 7,739 feet
Ending Elevation: 8,800 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,061 feet
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