Length of Hike: .55 miles (one-way) to the Fraser River
Type of Hike: Constructed hiking-only trail
Day Use Fee: None
Area Attraction: This area provides one of the few public access points along the Fraser River, which is predominately bordered by private land. This hiking trail allows access to approximately .75 miles of the Fraser River which is a popular fishing area in Grand County. Rainbow trout, German brown trout, and brook trout can all be found in the river.
For more information on Colorado Fishing Licenses: http://wildlife.state.co.us/fishing/
Trail Head Location:
6.5 miles west of Winter Park and approximately 1 mile east of Tabernash on Hwy 40, turn east onto County Road 84 towards Devil's Thumb Ranch. At the fork in the road stay left (do not go towards Devil's Thumb Ranch) and continue approximately .8 miles until you see BLM Road 2751 on the left. Turn left here and continue .8 miles until there is another fork in the road, stay left on 2751 (do not go to Hurd Peak). You will see the Fraser River Trail head parking about .6 miles after this fork.
The Fraser River Access Trail decends approximately 220 feet from the trail head parking area to the river. Along the way you will be in mostly coniferous forest, with a small stretch of sagebrush steppe and grassland near the Fraser River. The forest is mostly lodgepole pine, many of which are dead or dying. Riparian vegetation species such as grasses, rushes, sedges and willows can be found along the Fraser River. Some wildlife that might be seen in the area are mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, pine marten, pine squirrels and several species of songbirds and woodpeckers. Moose have also been sighted in the area.