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A steep, loose, and rocky jeep road climb that leads to the majestic Crystal Basin and Lower Crystal Lake.


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Map Key

2.2

Miles

3.5

KM

Doubletrack

11,984' 3,653 m

High

10,504' 3,202 m

Low

1,480' 451 m

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0' 0 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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Need to Know

Francie's Cabin is not open for day use. Reservations only.

Description

When below tree line, this is a steep, loose, and rocky jeep road. It is a shorter and steeper alternative to the Spruce Creek Road.

You reach this road by starting on the Spruce Creek Road and then turning right (north) at the first fork. This leads you along Crystal Creek.

About 1.0 miles, you break from the trees and are met with a fork in the road. Stay straight. Right leads you to Francie's Cabin and left leads you back down towards Spruce Creek Road. About 0.1 miles later, you reach the intersection with the Wheeler Trail. Stay straight and begin to soak in the vast beauty of this basin. There may be some hike-a-bike sections—if not from the loose and steep road then from the fact that you are approaching 12,000 feet.

Arrive at Lower Crystal Lake and take in the views! If you somehow still have energy, head south on the road/path towards Father Dyer Basin, or on the Crystal Lake Trail that meanders even higher to Upper Crystal Lake.

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Will Stingley

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  2.5 from 2 votes

#103

in Breckenridge

#35049

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in Breckenridge

#3,237

in Colorado

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Great flowers and views continue to improve as you climb Wheeler Trail.
Aug 17, 2014 near Brecken…, CO
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Jul 5, 2021 near Brecken…, CO

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