Florence Pass to Florence Lake
ElevationAscent: 1,929' 588 m
Descent: -1,932' -589 m
High: 10,863' 3,311 m
Low: 8,969' 2,734 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“Florence Canyon offers beautiful views leading up to Florence Lake.”— Anna Zowada
Once at the trailhead, you'll start in a wooded area for about one mile. From there, there will be a beautiful view of the canyon you'll later be running in, along with North Clear Creek nearby.
1.4 miles to 3.4 miles in will again be mostly surrounded by trees (2.4 miles in will have a slight opening and a beautiful view of the canyon again).
Be aware that at 3.4 miles in, you'll have to cross a creek which is not usually too high. If I remember correctly, sometime after this first creek crossing will be a small bridge.
3.7 miles is the second creek crossing. After this is when you'll start to be surrounded more and more of the large granite to the left of you while mostly surrounded by more spread out trees.
About 6.0 miles in, the trail opens up rapidly into a small marshland with a towering mountain of boulders to your left. This was one of my favorite parts of the run because we witnessed two moose running across the clearing below us (thankfully before we got down to the same area).
After the marshland, you come up on a small runoff of water flowing in and out of boulders. A steep run through a patch of sedimentary rocks is next for a good 0.5 miles. This is the toughest part of the trail as you are getting close to summiting to Lake Florence at 11,000 feet. The marshland (6.18-7.25mi) has an overall incline of about 700 feet in this section.
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Land Manager: USFS - Bighorn National Forest Office