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North & Middle Fork Swan River

Climb the gulch formed by the Middle Fork of the Swan River.

Total Miles

13

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Elevation
12,600'
Duration
3 to 4 Hours
Technical Rating
6 / 10
Best Time
Summer - Fall

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
North & Middle Fork Swan River
There are some cool ghost town ruins to see along this trail that ends up at the top of Wise Mountain. Once you clear the timberline, you'll be treated to some simply amazing views. The trail is open to unlicensed vehicles and is open from May 21 to November 22.
History
The piles of rock seen along Tiger Road are from dredge mining that took place between 1898 and 1942. Large barges created their own deep ponds as they sucked silt and rock from the bottom of the Swan and Blue Rivers. Parts of an old dredge barge can be seen in a pond along Tiger Road 2.5 miles east of Highway 9. Swandyke was an active mining town between 1898 and 1910 with a population near 500. The town was a stage stop for passengers coming over Georgia Pass. Businesses included a saloon, barber shop, butcher shop and blacksmith shop.
Getting There
From Highway 9 about 3 miles north of Breckenridge, head east on well-marked Tiger Road. Follow sign for golf course. Continue east after the pavement ends on a well-graded gravel road. Watch for staging area on right after about 4.8 miles. Continue another mile to start of North Fork route on left just before heavy wooden bridge.
Contact for Current Conditions
White River N.F.
Dillon R.D.
(970) 468- 5400