A short, technical tour of the aspen groves above the south end of Frisco, with a bone-jarring finish.
The short loop climbs the Peaks Trail
to Masontown Trail
(No. 9077), then connects to the Mount Royal Trail
From the Peaks Trail
trailhead at the south end of 2nd Avenue in Frisco, climb the Peaks Trail
to Rainbow Lake. The Masontown Trail
(No. 9077) begins on the west side of the lake. The intersection is marked. Turn right and follow the marker post for Masontown Trail
No. (9077) passing Bill's Ranch Trail (No. 9000).
The trail contours through several creek crossing and a particularly wide, boggy section of trail. Hopefully, the Forest Service will restore this area. There is a bypassing trail above the bog on the left, although it is quite rooty, and slippery.
Shortly after this bog, Hattie's Trail (No. 9078) forks to the right. There is only a through post (with arrows in both directions) for the Masontown Trail
at this y-intersection.
The trail begins to climb quite steeply along a creek. After a short distance, there is another fork in the trail. Take the right fork (the left climbs more steeply, and slightly higher up to Mount Royal Trail
). In a few hundred feet, intersect Mount Royal Trail
Turn right and descend a very technical mile back to the Temple Trail
recpath. Just before the pavement, the Temple Trail
social singletrack connects back to the Peaks Trail