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Middle Frisco Trail #879

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12.6 Miles 20.3 Kilometers



2,484' 757 m


-2,483' -757 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (8°)

11,983' 3,652 m


9,498' 2,895 m


Shared By Raleigh Burt


All Clear 93 days ago
Mostly Dry, Some Mud History

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

Raleigh Burt

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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.


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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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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Such a beautiful trail in Del Norte. The climb up is a great cardio workout - some steep spots, some technical spots and some switchbacks.The ride down is a blast. The views up top with the water are badass. One of my favorites in Colorado. If you go during hunting season, you will probably run into some horses and hunters, so throw some orange on grind it out. Apr 15, 2017

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