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French Pass Trail

  • Sep 7, 2013 · 9:30 AM

French Pass Trail

Distance : Approx 8 miles

Elevation Gain     1500 feet   

High Point     12,046 feet

Trailhead Elevation   10,600 ft


Many Frenchmen from Canada were involved in fur trade in Colorado. One early trapper, "French Pete" used the path that crossed the Continental Divide between South Park and the valley of the Blue River to travel between two of his preferred trapping areas. As a result, this trail bears the non-specific name of this trapper.   

This trail follows a mining road for half its distance of then gradually ascends through an old logged area of mixed lodgepole, fir and spruce. Then beautiful alpine hiking begins through steep meadows of grasses and willows, over a small snowfield, to the summit of French Pass. There are marvelous views of Boreas Mountain, Volz Mountain, French Gulch and Mount Guyot.    


From Denver go south US Highway 285 over Kenosha Pass, take County Road 35 north from Jefferson to County Road 54 (Michigan Creek Road) and continue toward Georgia Pass.  Drive just over two miles past Michigan Creek Campground to a point where the road crosses French Creek.  Park in a flat area just before reaching this crossing.

Car Pool

For those interested in Car pooling lets meet up at the Fort Restaurant(19192 Colorado 8, Morrison if you are not familiar where this is please Google the directions) we will leave here at 8 am

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  • Linda

    A great new trail I haven't been on, and not very difficult. Great scenery and great friends! Thanks for organizing this Brent!

    September 9, 2013

  • Vicki

    This was my first hike with Meetup and it was everything I'd hope it would be. Great people and fantastic scenery.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Janet

    Loved, loved, loved this trail! Thank you Brent and everyone for an amazing day.

    September 7, 2013

  • Jerry

    Great hike! Beautiful day.

    September 7, 2013

  • Lisa F.

    Super trail. Streams, meadows, flowers, elevation and oh the views. What more? Oh ya...the awesome group of hikers! Thanks Brent

    September 7, 2013

  • Margaret J.

    I had a great time--the weather was perfect, fun hiking partners, and, as usual, Brent chose a great place to hike.

    September 7, 2013

  • Tom W.

    Thanks everyone. Lots of fun. Brent, once again great job.

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Spectacular views all the way up to the top of the pass, and looking over to the other side - one of my favorite hikes. Thanks Brent!

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Myra

    I just got this notice I live in Longmont won't get there on time.

    September 7, 2013

  • Adam

    I didn't trust my GPS's drive time estimate.. At carpool location a bit early. White car, white hat

    September 7, 2013

  • Cindy

    My first hike with the group as well. I will be at the Fort to car pool.

    September 6, 2013

  • Margaret J.

    Brent, I plan to drive myself, rather than meeting at the carpool. Can a small front-wheel drive sedan (Hyandai Elantra) get clear up to the meeting point without any problem?

    August 31, 2013

    • brent k.

      you should be able to

      September 1, 2013

  • Vicki

    I'm new to the area and am existed about joining a group for hiking! Looking forward to my first adventure.

    1 · August 31, 2013

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