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

Quick Facts

French Pass Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,580 Feet (3298.0 Meters) County Road 54
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,525 Feet (475.4 Meters) to French Pass
Ending Elevation: 12,000 Feet (3740.6 Meters)
Length, One-way: 4.5 Miles (7.5 Kilometers) 7K
Other Maps: Pike National Forest, Trails Illustrated 109
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 651
Usage: Moderate
USGS Map: Boreas Pass




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General Description

The French Pass Trail provides access to the Continental Divide and a variety of recreation opportunities. The trail is not always well defined or signed. From the southern trailhead it leads up the French Creek drainage, beginning at approximately 10,520'. Within 4.5 miles users reach French Pass, elevation 12,045'. The trail continues into the Arapaho National Forest eventually meeting French Gulch Road.

French Pass is the Continental Divide crossing between Bald Mountain and Mt. Guyot. The view to the south walking toward the trailhead from the pass is of South Park and the Tarryall Mountains. This trail is not recommended for winter use due to avalanche potential. Water is available at Michigan Creek Campground and in the backcountry from French Creek.

Directions from Fairplay: Michigan Creek Campground is located approximately 23 miles northeast of the town of Fairplay, Colorado. Visitors may reach this campground by taking State Highway 285 north from Fairplay 17 miles to the town of Jefferson. Then drive west on County Road 35 for approximately 3 miles to County road 54. Travel northwest on County Road 54 for approximately 3 miles to the campground. To reach the French Pass Trailhead continue traveling on County Road 54 for approximately 2.5 miles.

Directions from Jefferson: Travel northwest on County Road 35 to County Road 54, continue northwest to campground entrance. To reach the French Pass Trailhead continue traveling on County Road 54 for approximately 2.5 miles.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through October .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking French Pass Trail
Yes
ICON Dispersed Camping French Pass Trail
Yes
ICON Family Camping French Pass Trail - Michigan Creek Campground
No
ICON Hiking & Walking French Pass Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding French Pass Trail
Yes
ICON Animal Identification French Pass Trail
Yes
ICON Bird Identification French Pass Trail
Yes
ICON Mushroom Identification French Pass Trail
Yes
ICON Plant Identification French Pass Trail
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification French Pass Trail
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking French Pass Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery French Pass Trail
Yes



Related Activities
Michigan Creek Campground - The campground consists of 13 individual family units, each includes a table, fire grate and parking spur. This site provides recreation opportunities for bicyclists, hikers and anglers.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Park County Tourism Office, P.O. Box 220 , Fairplay, CO, 80440, Phone: 719-836-4279

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