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Little French Loop

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An expert loop to the Little French Flume Trail including a descent on Side Door.

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12.6

Miles

20.3

KM

90%

Singletrack

11,204' 3,415 m

High

9,948' 3,032 m

Low

1,659' 506 m

Up

1,659' 506 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

This is a loop ride from the B&B trailhead, up Turk's Trail, Wirepatch and Little French, then descending Governor King Trail, Side Door and X10U8.

Need to Know

Do not use Governor King Trail within a week of heavy rains. The intense moto use has created deep ruts that retain a lot of mud. Descend Lincoln Park Road to Lincoln Meadow instead.

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

E-bikes are permissible on roads and multi-use trails in this loop: Lincoln Park Road, Governor King, and Prospect Hill Road are all open to e-bikes.

Description

Park at the B&B trailhead in French Gulch. Climb B&B Trail to Turk's Trail. Climb Turk's to Sallie Barber Road. Go left and descend Sallie Barber Road to French Gulch Road.

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 climb Wirepatch trail east 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 until intersecting a 4x4 road. Descend left (west) on the road to a saddle and trail intersection at the top of Humbug Hill.

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.

Descend Governor King Trail 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.

Go 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 to Side Door. Descend Side Door to a two-way junction and turn left (east) onto Minnie Mine Trail. Continue to X10U8 and descend to French Gulch Road across from the trailhead.

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  3.3 from 6 votes

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This loop is spectacular in the fall!
May 26, 2016 near Brecken…, CO
Trail Perfection found on Turk's
Aug 20, 2018 near Brecken…, CO
Minnie Mine
Jun 10, 2014 near Brecken…, CO
Turk's Trail tallus
Sep 22, 2014 near Brecken…, CO
Minnie Mine fall views.
Sep 19, 2014 near Brecken…, CO
Breck in the background! Diamondback Release 29 3 XT tranny and brakes.
Jun 30, 2020 near Brecken…, CO

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Sep 27, 2019
Arne Hansen
Aspen viewing should be ideal next week.
Aug 24, 2019
Jason Zerbe
Breck trail crew is rerouting lower Side Door. Adds some mileage if you try and cut back to the East as suggested with this loop. 13mi — 3h 00m
Jul 4, 2017
Tobin Follenweider
Sep 19, 2016
Peter Schnarsky