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French Pass to Georgia Pass Loop

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Great loop to hit both passes, short section on OHV use trails.


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19.4

Miles

31.1

KM

80%

Singletrack

12,016' 3,663 m

High

10,525' 3,208 m

Low

3,110' 948 m

Up

3,120' 951 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

40%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

French Pass Trail takes you up an amazing valley and down the other side and connects to a gravel road. Parts of the climb are steep but the views are worth it.

Climbing up Little French, you pass an old mining area and several abandoned cabins. On the north side of the flume, you cruise on some beautiful loam through the trees. Headed southeast on the Great Flume trail it transitions between scree and loam on a relatively mellow trail that has views of the surrounding mountains.

Once that is done, getting up to Georgia Pass can be difficult and you have to watch for off-highway vehicles. Coming down to the French Pass Trail on County Road 54 lets you build up some speed, watch for bigger rocks and cars on the weekends.

Need to Know

This trail is not recommended for winter use due to avalanche potential.

Description

Park at the French Pass Trailhead which also has some dispersed camping available. The climb up the doubletrack has some small technical sections, but is very doable. Just before crossing the creek, it transitions to singletrack and the climb gets steeper. Keep in mind you are approaching 12,000 feet of elevation at the pass, there is snow/ice year-round.

At the top of French Pass, you continue down and cross several small streams, previous avalanches have hit this area so there are a lot of fallen trees towards the start of the road, however, the trail is still clear. Continue down the gravel road and be sure to watch for the right turn for Little French trail which is not well marked. If you ride past it, you'll see a lot of equipment on either side of the road, turn around. Climb up the doubletrack for about one mile and then turn left to cross the stream, the trail to the right continues to an old mine.

At the end of Little French, go right on American Gulch Road and take a right at the first hairpin turn to pick up Great Flume. Once you reach the end of this section, you'll be on South Fork Swan Road which is the OHV use road. Turn right and start the climb, this ends at Georgia Pass. Ride through the open space at the top and take a right onto the improved dirt road that starts to descend fairly quickly. This road will take you all the way back down to the French Pass Trailhead.

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Shared By:

Lucas Mielke

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  5.0 from 2 votes

#5

in Park County

#952

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#5

in Park County

#188

in Colorado

#952

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Photos

Great Flume talus field
Sep 28, 2014 near Brecken…, CO
Timber flume support structure
Aug 12, 2014 near Brecken…, CO
Little French Flume - singletrack goodness
Aug 12, 2014 near Brecken…, CO
Great Flume trail passes through several rocky, technical sections
Sep 28, 2014 near Brecken…, CO
Glimpses of Mt. Guyot from the Great Flume
Sep 28, 2014 near Brecken…, CO
Sweet singletrack - Great Flume Trail
Sep 28, 2014 near Brecken…, CO

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Sep 13, 2020
Gary Davis
Aug 1, 2020
Lucas Mielke
18.9mi — 3h 23m