French Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 71' 22 m
Descent: -1,522' -464 m
High: 10,313' 3,143 m
Low: 8,862' 2,701 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)
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“Excellent singletrack that is a popular multi-use trail.”— John Marno
This run starts at over 10,000 feet, so saying it is seasonal is an understatement. Don't plan on running it until mid-June depending on how the past winter's snowpack was.
French Creek Canyon is very scenic, with several waterfalls worth a stop and look. Sunshine Falls is marked with signage.
One of the most fun characteristics is that most small stream crossings have large cobblestones for crossings.
The only cautions on the FCT proper are:
- There are several old school water bars where some very sharp rocks were used as reinforcement.
- Expect a few trees to be down because the remoteness and ruggedness mean that people rarely do chainsaw involved trail maintenance.
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Land Manager: USFS - Medicine Bow & Routt National Forest Office