Plan a Visit to Browns Canyon/Download Maps
For general information about the Wilderness Study Area (WSA) click here.
Currently the only formal trailhead providing access to the WSA is at its northern end, just east of the Ruby Mountain Campground within the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area. Take Chaffee County Road 301 north from US24 at Fishermans Bridge and CR300 east to and ¼ mile beyond the campground to the Ruby Mountain BLM parking area and Northern Trails trailhead. At the south edge of the parking area are two metal framed interpretive panels which provide the most up to date information on the WSA. On the north edge is a large wooden kiosk and map of the Fourmile area and a stock of printed brochures with a map. Remember that as a WSA no motorized or mechanized (i.e. mountain bike) travel is permitted.
To preview the panel describing the Northern Trails system click here. This includes a map and recommended routes and hiking times, useful equipment to carry and regulations concerning pets. You can also download just a smaller Northern Trails map by clicking here. You can print either of these to carry with you but If you would like to have these on your smartphone or other mobile device, one way is to save them to your computer then email them to yourself so that you can open them on your mobile device. Even simpler is to take a digital photo of the map with your regular camera or smartphone.
If you have a smartphone that has a GPS function enabled and would like to have a “georeferenced” map that would allow you to locate yourself while hiking, first click here to download instructions and then here to download a Geopdf version of a map for the Fourmile/WSA area. When properly installed in the recommended application “Avenza pdf maps” you can follow your progress even without an Internet connection.