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Level: Intermediate
Length: 14 mi (22.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +923/ -916 ft
Total: 22 riders

Mountain Biking Middle Frisco Creek

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#70 of 1,362 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#495 in the world

Starting from the Co. Rd. 13 trail head(9,500ft) follow the trail as is parallels
Middle Frisco Creek all the way to Frisco Lake(12,000ft). The trail starts easy
and becomes more technical and steep as the trail ascends to Frisco Lake. The
climb is well rewarded with stunning views as your break tree line at the top
and a fast and flowy descent back to the trail head.

Description from southforkmtbkr:

A beautiful single track that climbs deep into the high alpine terrain of Colorado. 7 miles one way, 14 miles out and back.

This ride begins at the confluence of west and middle Frisco Creek. From here the single track parallels Middle Frisco Creek all the way up to Frisco Lake. Or you can take the West Frisco ATV trail up (a slightly easier climb), and the singletrack Middle Frisco trail back down. The trail begins at 9,500 ft and climbs up to 12,000 ft at the lake.

The first half of the trail has a smooth flow though the aspens and pines as it meanders up, down and around while maintaining an overall steady climb. Riders can expect to negotiate a few stationary rocks and tree roots. As Frisco Creek valley gets steeper, the trail has a series of switch backs that are a little loose and rocky but all rideable. The trail here is more technical because it is looser, rockier and more exposed than the lower part. As you near the lake, you will emerge above the tree line and behold some amazing Colorado views. Once reaching the lake, you are ready to reverse your tracks and begin 2,500 vertical feet of pure downhill fun!

First added by thatonekid2112 on Jun 8, 2012. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Del Norte, take French St./Co. Rd. 13 south out of town. Nine miles down
the road the trail head is on the left just past the animal rehab center.
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  • Steve Harper

    Mostly a horse trail that climbs until you can't breath any more . Starts off double track then to single track . Follows Creek to above timber line not to technical small rock gardens gets steep towards 5 miles in switch back but very beautiful. Passed few hikers and fresh horse poopy. Be prepared for a climb starts flowy but climbes forever.

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  • Fool Man Chew

    This trail will give you that workout you've been after, satisfy your senses with overabundant wildflowers, provide you with a creek and 2 lakes, and give you overnight flashbacks of the gnarly decent!!

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    An absolutely sublime mountain bike ride! Yes, the climb to the top is strenuous, but the beautiful views all the way up and the absolutely BOMBER descent when you turn around make all that effort oh-so-worth it!

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  • uber_franz

    Not too technical, nice climb and easy descent

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  • mtbcolorado

    This trail has amazing senery, when you get to the lakes you are under a 13000 foot mountain. It had fun switchbacks to ride down.

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