French Pass Trail

French Pass Trail, Jefferson: Address, French Pass Trail Reviews: 4/5

French Pass Trail
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Ronald M
Loveland, CO288 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
If you want a 3.5 mile one way hike, this one has great wild flowers during the months of June and July and snow in early June. Good chance to see Mountain Goats in the distance and a Moose ever now and then. The last time I was there, a bull moose was on the trail just behind me. Don’t stop for photos unless he is off in the distance. Safer that way.
Written 27 August 2018
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Colo-Mtn-Hiker
Broomfield, CO497 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
This trail starts out a little out of the way in Park County, just north of Jefferson (13 miles east of Fairplay) on Highway 285. You take a dirt/gravel road (County road 35 and then 54) for 9 miles to come to the French Pass Trail. There is a large bend in the road with parking on either side.

The trail heads west and gently arcs to the north, crossing French Creek at the bend. To this point you have hiked about 1.5 miles and gained 600 feet from the 10,500 ft start. Most of this portion is wooded with occasional small meadows.

Once you break out north, the trail opens up so that you can see the mountains on either side of you. You can also see Black Powder Pass to the west between Boreas Mountain to the south and Bald Mountain to the north.

You continue paralleling French Creek until you get to French Pass and find the snow embankments that are the source of the French Creek headwaters (the snow is there year-round). When you get the pass you are at 12,100 ft, traveled just under 3.5 miles, and have a great view to the north of French Gulch that if you followed it, you would eventually find Breckenridge.

I surprised 2 women on bikes as much as they surprised me out here. Neither of expected to see anyone else. They were doing a large mountain bike loop from Breckenridge and planned to return by going over some pass north of Mt. Guyot.

I gave this an average rating because it is a standard hike in the Colorado Mountains. Given that, it is an enjoyable hike with the trail in very good shape. It is a nice change of pace and, definitely, if I lived on the south side of Denver, this trail and others in Park County would be on my short list for weekend outings.
Written 13 September 2016
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