Little French Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,659' 506 m
Descent: -1,659' -506 m
High: 11,204' 3,415 m
Low: 9,948' 3,032 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“An expert loop to the Little French Flume Trail including a descent on Side Door.”— D L
With the completion of Wirepatch this loop is excellent ridden clockwise. Climb Lincoln Park Road in lieu of Governor King Trail.
Trail markings are improving in the Golden Horseshoe; however the area is still incredibly confusing. Be prepared to test wayfinding skills on any ride in the area. Use the MTB Project mobile app/
Turn left (west) on French Gulch Road towards the trailhead. Take the first road on the right, Humbug Hill (GH 61). Climb a few hundred feet and take the Wirepatch trail on the right side of the road at a marker post. Climb this east back to French Gulch Road. Go left, up valley passing a garage on the right. Little French begins on the north side of the road about 200' beyond this garage at a marker post.
Climb a loose, steep (average 12% grade) mile up Little French to a singletrack flume trail on the left. Cross a creek and begin contouring back to the west along the flume bench. Ride a mile to a saddle and a trail intersection where the main trail climbs, and the flume continues on the left (it is a little more faint). Continue along the flume bench until intersecting a 4x4 road. Descend left (west) on the road to a saddle and trail intersection at the top of Humbug Hill. This 5-way junction of trails includes Humbug Hill (GH 61), Forest Queen Road (GH 79), Lincoln Park Road (GH 66), American Gulch Road (GH 93) and Little French Flume/4x4 Road.
Head west and descend on Lincoln Park Road (GH 66) for 0.6 miles to Governor King Trail (GH 67) on the left side of the road at a small, yellow, backwards, Forest Service boundary marker. The brown GH 67 trail marker is 100' down the trail and not visible from Lincoln Park Road.
If you ride through a saddle with a major trail intersection to the right and the remains of a mining cabin, you've missed this junction. You can either stay on Lincoln Park Road to Lincoln Meadow, or turn around and look for the intersection.
Descend Governor King Trail through a number of switchbacks to Forest Queen Road, bearing right at a junction with Yellow Brick Road. The singletrack continues on the left side of the road at a GH 67 marker. Ride out to Lincoln Park Road.
Take a left on Lincoln Park Road, descend through a dip in the road and bear right at the next junction with Rich Gulch (GH 62), climbing west on Prospect Hill Road (GH 38).
Climb 0.7 miles up Prospect Hill Road, passing Golden Gate Loop (GH 39) and "The One Step Over" mining cabin and moto singletrack (both on the right), as well as a of number marked and unmarked moto trails on the left, to Side Door.
Side Door begins on the left side of the road just after it tops out. There is a wooden barrier and post marking the beginning of the trail. Descend Side Door to a two-way junction. Turn left (east) to Minnie Mine Trail. Take an uphill left on Minnie Mine and continue to X10U8. Turn right and descend X10U8 back to French Gulch Road. Cross the road back to the trailhead.
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