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Middle Frisco Trail #879

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.8 (21) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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12.6

Miles

20.3

KM

100%

Singletrack

11,983' 3,652 m

High

9,498' 2,895 m

Low

2,484' 757 m

Up

2,483' 757 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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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Shared By:

Raleigh Burt

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  4.8 from 21 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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Aug 7, 2020
Kendall Beggs
Pretty fun trail, climb was pretty dang tough. The lake at the end was pretty nice, and the downhill was fun, overall I'd give it 3.5 out of 5. 12.6mi — 2h 20m
Jun 5, 2020
Scott Wickberg
beautiful morning ride. empty trail finished by 930 12.6mi — 2h 30m
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.