Description: This well marked trail follows the South Fork of the Fryingpan River. The trail is
fairly easy hiking and stays in trees for the majority of the trip. After 3.5 miles you will come to
Deadman Lake. The trail from here gets a little harder to follow. To get to South Fork Pass stay on
the trail and climb approximately 600 feet in your last mile of travel. From the end of the trail it is
possible to continue over to Independence Pass and Hwy 82.
Directions: From Carbondale travel east on Hwy 82 to Basalt. Turn left at the stoplight, and travel
towards Ruedi Dam on the Fryingpan River road. 28 miles past Basalt, turn right onto road #504 at
the Norrie Colony sign. About 3 miles up the road take the left fork. In another mile take the left
fork again and follow it to the end of the road to the trailhead.