The North Fork Trail is open all year but can be hard to get to in the winter.
It is open to hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Dogs are welcome on the trails.
There are no parking or day use fees at either trailhead. But there are fees to use the North Fork Campground.
The North Fork Trail is 4.4 miles long and moderate.
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The North Fork Trail is about 4.5 miles long. It follows the North Fork of the Little Laramie River between Sand Lake Road and Brooklyn Lake Road.
If you begin in the east you will quickly reach the river at its lowest point along the trail. From there the trail will work its way up through the forest, crossing the river a few times along the way.
The trail will hug a steep side hill for a short section as the river forms a narrow canyon. From there the trail will open up into a very wide marshy meadow with the high peaks of the Snowy Range in the background.
The trail continues from here to the Western Trailhead along Brooklyn Lake Road.
For a second opinion you can read what our friend Roger Ludwig has written about the North Fork Trail on his website Away From The Grind.
If you are looking for a guide to take with you on the North Fork Trail:
- You can view, download, and print a PDF version of our free trail guide.
- You can find these trails in our Snowy Range and Pole Mountain Trail Deck sold through our partner, Laramie’s Basecamp.
- The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest has information about the North Fork Campground and they publish the Medicine Bow National Forest Map – Waterproof.
- These trails are also part of the Hiking Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest – Third Edition book by Marc Smith.
The trail ranges in elevation from 9,240 feet at the Campground Trailhead to 10,540 feet near the Western Trailhead.
Travel west from Centennial on Wyoming Highway 130 for a little over 3.5 miles. Turn right on Sand Lake Road for about 2 miles. You can find a trailhead in the North Fork campground or continue to the North Fork East Trailhead along Sand Lake Road. Or continue on Highway 130 past Sand Lake Road for a little over 4 miles and turn right on Brooklyn Lake Road. Follow Brooklyn Lake Road for a little over 1 mile to the North Fork West Trailhead.
Select the Google Map tab next to the Just Trails Map tab at the top of the page to see a directions map.
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