LIMBER GROVE TRAIL
Hiking through Limber & Bristlecone Pines
This was just simply a fun short hike. We stumbled upon Limber Grove Trail on a visit to Fairplay, CO and taking a drive on County Road 18. We were on our way to catch a look at Mt Sherman Trailhead for a future hike that we are planning for the summer.
We found the Limber Grove Trailhead 2 ½ miles past the Fourmile Campground and parked on the south side of the road.
Seeing the wood planks going across the river, so beautiful, with touches of summer showing, we were quickly out of the car and on our way.
The short hike lead us through a forest of Limber and Bristlecone pine trees.
The twisted shapes of the trunks showed their struggle to survive and created an amazing wonderland. You can feel the winter weather they must endure just by looking at them. I am told some are possibly over a 1,000 yrs old.
Definitely a must see if only for a quick look or short hike.
We found the hike relatively easy with about 400 ft elevation gain. The trail is 3 ½ mile out and back and rated easy to moderate. Altitude starts above 10,500 feet which should be taken into consideration.
Our short hike ended in Horseshoe Campground where another start to the Trailhead is located. You can reverse from here and go back, but we found ourselves walking back to the car on the road instead of reversing back on the trail.
Note: Horseshoe Campground has a camp host and restroom facilities.
LOCATED: We came from the town of Fairplay and took Highway 285 South 1.3 miles to County Road 18. Turn here and go west about 2 miles to the Forest Boundary. Here the road becomes Forest Developed Road 182. Continue another 7 miles to Limber Grove Trailhead.
Worth the effort and time to wander off the main roads and do this short hike, unusual and not well known, a hidden gem.
During the winter we tried to snowshoe back in this area but found that when reaching the forest boundary the road was no longer accessible. Snow removal stops here.
Another unexpected trail that lead us to an historic resort, Inter-Laken, click here, to see more about this hike we stumbled upon.
For more information the Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative www.mrhi.org has produced a free printable brochure to guide you on your hike or visit the Park County Ranger District at the corner of Hwy 285 and Hwy 9 in Fairplay.
Located in the Park County National Heritage Area
Trail best used from June – October
Offers views of Horseshoe Mountain and Mt. Sherman
USGS Map 7: Fairplay West
Trails Illustrated 110, Pike National Forest
Trail Number: 659
Hiking boots highly recommended
Leashed dogs ok