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Middle Frisco Trail #879

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Trail

12.6 mile 20.3 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,484' 757 m
Descent: -2,483' -757 m
High: 11,983' 3,652 m
Low: 9,498' 2,895 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)

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Trail shared by Raleigh Burt

Gain over 2,500' of elevation to a high mountain lake... rocky at the top, buff loam below.

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Overview

The premier alpine experience in Del Norte. Ride up to the beautiful Frisco Lakes and enjoy the ripping descent on your way home.

From Del Norte, head SW on the Frisco Creek road. Park at the end of the road and make sure to dive off to left at the TH (West Frisco is a 2-track 4-wheeler trail). Cross the creek and follow the trail to the top - no junctions until you reach the lake. This is a great out-and-back ride for all levels of riders.

Description

The lower 3 miles are incredible aspen/pine forest riding, while the upper half of the trail dances in and out of tree line. This trail is very popular with horsemen during the big game hunting season. The trail starts in a mixed conifer/aspen stand and continues south along the Middle Frisco Creek until you reach San Francisco Lakes.

The lakes are located at an open sub-alpine meadow below a ridge running east and west between Pintada Mountain and Bennett Mountain. The trail continues past the lakes intersecting with FDT#850.

Bennett Mountain stands above 13,000 feet and is referred to as Ole Baldy. Long ago, when the Spaniards first came to the San Luis Valley, they had named Ole Baldy Pintada Mountain. Later, the miners changed the name to Bennett Mountain (Pintada Mountain). You can only see Pintada Mountain from Monte Vista.

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May 16, 2020
Sue U.
A big climb at altitude and super fun downhill. Cool lake at top. 12.6mi
Jun 30, 2019
Dan Hickstein
Oct 21, 2018
Deano Fearless
Suck 14.6mi — 0h 30m
Jul 22, 2018
Carolyn Striker
Sep 13, 2017
Robert Stubbs
Muddy due to rain and hail at the top 3 miles. Awesome ride other than hail. 12mi
Jul 10, 2017
Conner Egbert
The elevation should not be taken lightly. Also, this is bear country, saw a brown bear about a mile into the trail. Pretty awesome but be prepared.
Jun 26, 2017
Jason Bertolacci
Trail is in great shape
May 28, 2017
Brandon C
Fairly relentless uphill, and at around 4 miles in we had to keep walking over snow banks until it just wasnt worth it. the ride down was solid, th... 10mi

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  4.8 from 16 votes

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Photos

Climbing Middle Frisco with a trail buddy.
Jun 26, 2017 near Del Norte, CO
The descent makes a great reward and has every one excited. Descending from San Francisco Lakes.
Jun 26, 2017 near Del Norte, CO
Approaching the tree-line on the Middle Frisco Trail.
Jun 26, 2017 near Del Norte, CO
The way back is more fun
Jun 24, 2018 near Del Norte, CO
Bennet Peak from San Francisco Lakes.
Jun 26, 2017 near Del Norte, CO
The final rocky push to the San Francisco Lakes.
Jun 26, 2017 near Del Norte, CO

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