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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Leadville Ranger District

Quick Facts

Frenchman Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,400 Feet (3241.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 8,600 Feet (2680.8 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 1,900 Feet (592.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,300 Feet (3834.2 Meters)
Length, One-way: 3.5 Miles (5.83 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 129 Buena Vista, Collegiate Peaks
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 1457

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General Description

Frenchman Creek Trail (#1457) extends from Frenchman Creek Road (Forest Road 386) in the southern section of the Leadville Ranger District. The road ends at the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary. Frenchman Creek Trail is approximately 3.5 miles one way. It intersects with the Colorado Trail at about mile 1, and connects with the South Pine Creek Trail at about mile 2.5. Frenchman Creek Trail climbs almost 2,000' in 3.5 miles.

Directions from Buena Vista: From Buena Vista drive 6 miles north on Highway 24. Look for State Road 386 on the left side of the road. This is Frenchman Creek Road turn left. Drive approximately 1.5 miles to a fork in the road. Take the left fork, which is Frenchman Creek Road now Forest Road 386. A high-clearance 4WD vehicle is recommended for this road. Continue on this road for 2.5 miles to the road closure and the Collegiate Wilderness boundary. The trail begins at the road closure.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Late May through September (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail during the Early Summer and Late Fall months.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Frenchman Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Frenchman Creek Trail

Related Activities
Pine Creek Trailhead - Pine Creek Trailhead provides access to Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, Colorado Trail (1776), Pine Creek Trails (1467), South Pine Creek Trail (1458), Frenchman Creek Trail (1457) and Missouri Gulch Trail (1469).

More Information

Visitor Information:

Leadville Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 2015 North Poplar , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-0749, Fax: 719-486-0928


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