Middle Frisco Trail

South Fork, Colorado 81154

Middle Frisco Trail

Middle Frisco Trail Professional Guide

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"Middle Frisco Trail follows sparkling, gurgling Middle San Francisco Creek and its tributaries up to San Francisco Lakes. Starting among stands of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir, the trail slowly gains elevation, eventually switchbacking up to a nice spruce-fir forest and subalpine meadows.

Wildflowers are abundant along the trail in July. Keep an eye open for elk and cattle. Near the upper lake, there is an ancient bristlecone pine forest. The lower part of the trail is fantastic when the aspens are golden yellow and orange.The lakes are snuggled in high basins between Bennett Peak and Pintada Mountain."

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Mountain Biking Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Stephen Hlawaty
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"Del Norte is poised to make a name for itself as the next Colorado outdoor recreation town, in part for its Middle Frisco Trail 879. The Middle Frisco Trail 879 delivers roughly 2,500 feet of vertical gain in just over 6 miles and weaves its singletrack alongside the Middle Frisco Creek through mixed conifer forests, aspen groves, and a variety of intermittent streams. The trail climbs roughly from 9,500 feet above sea level to a dizzying 12,000 feet. In between, you travel through montane, subalpine, and alpine life zones to the idyllic waters of the cutthroat trout–filled San Francisco Lakes and before 13,202-foot Bennett Peak near timberline. Although this ride can be done as a loop, climbing up the motorized West Frisco Trail 850 to the west, the route described here is an out-and-back—the singletrack is simply so nice, you’ll want to do it twice." Read more
Best Dog Hikes Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Bob D’Antonio, Maryann Gaug, Stewart Green, Linda B. Mullally, and Tracy Salcedo-Chourré.
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"Middle Frisco Trail follows sparkling, gurgling Middle San Francisco Creek and its tributaries up to San Francisco Lakes. Starting among stands of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir, the trail slowly gains elevation, eventually switchbacking up to a nice spruce-fir forest and subalpine meadows. Wildflowers are abundant along the trail in July. Keep an eye open for elk and cattle. Near the upper lake, there is an ancient bristlecone pine forest. The lower part of the trail is fantastic when the aspen are golden yellow and orange. The lakes are snuggled in high basins between Bennett Peak and Pintada Mountain." Read more

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Trail Information

South Fork
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
12.9
Distance
2,520 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
6 to 8.5 hours
Duration
Best from mid-June to mid-Oct
Season
Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Rio Grande National Forest, Divide Ranger District, Del Norte; 719-657- 3321; www.fs.usda.gov/riogrande
Local Contacts
USGS Jasper and Horseshoe Mountain
Local Maps

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Dec 2018