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French Pass Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Jefferson, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.3 mi Elevation gain 1,653 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

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Getting There

From US Highway 285, 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.

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Mia Askins
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Zachary Crimmins
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One of, if not my favorite hike so far in my life. Plenty of room at the trailhead on a Saturday morning at 7:45. Still a bit of snow at the top just before you reach the end. Absolutely gorgeous views.

Alex Segall
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John Rogers
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Got to trailhead at 7 AM. didn't see anyone on the way up. ran into 6 or 7 groups on our way down. couple packs of mountain bikers as well. the trail was very nice but had a little more sun exposure than I was expecting. the views from the saddle were really great.

Mary P
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HikingBugsMuddy

Good trail - I only encountered one other group on my hike. You do need waterproof shoes to get to the top as there is a steam with no bridge that you will have to get wet shoes to cross. Otherwise highly recommend if you want nice views without the crowds.

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Natalie Gowen
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Hiking

Hiked on the 4th of July with 4 kids (16, 14, 9, 8) who voted this trail “best hike ever”. Very gentle start for the first 2+ miles. Last mile had steep but doable ascent to the top. We played around at the summit, climbing other small ridges until the gathering clouds drove us down the mountain. Absolutely beautiful the whole way.

John McNitt
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Hiking

Started late at 11. Still parking available. A very nice uncrowded hike. Not as many wildflowers as expected, but still enough attention getters. Only went 6 miles RT due to late start. Had late lunch at mile 3 with amazing vistas. Would do again with earlier start and finish next time.

Brenna Eaton
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HikingMuddySnow

Hiked 6/14: Great trail. Didn’t have any trouble finding it, even amidst the snow. There were about 4 snow fields, but all were manageable with regular footwear, just a lot of mud. VERY windy approaching the top of the pass. There is a bigger stream crossing that isn’t difficult, but could be intimidating for children or those that aren’t used to them.

Tyrel Ebele
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Michael W
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HikingMuddySnow

Hiked this on June 12th. There are still large snow fields around 2.5 miles in, but they are easy enough to navigate. Muddy for much of the hike prior to the snow as well. We carefully hiked up the snowy incline to reach the summit and it was well worth it for the views. Saw only two other people during our entire time hiking.

Alex Segall
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Saw no one on the trailhead today. At mile 2 1/2 you'll be in a few feet of snow as you near the end. The views are beautiful the entire route up. Lots of flowing streams to avoid and definitely muddy. I had to turn around 1/2 mile near the end due to snow. My route got creative on the trek back.

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Michael Logoyda
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HikingMuddySnow

No snow to trailhead. Moderate amount of snow on hike, as we were the first (and only people that day) to hike after a snow. Crucially, there's snow covering several turns/intersections that we ended up missing, so pathfinding was a pain on the way up. Descent was much easier. View up the valley is much better than from the pass itself.

Hannah Felder
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HikingIcySnow

The road to the trail head is still under deep snow about 2.7 miles out! I’d check back in a month or so.

David Canales
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Hiking

The road to the trail head is under deep snow. Other then my Jeep, tractors and snowmobiles were the only ones to the TH. Plenty of moose tracks. Please be safe.

Justin Tran
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Hiking

Great trail to take the dogs on with amazing views. Plenty of places to stop for the dogs to drink water out of. Recommend this place for a low trafficked hike.

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Robbie Colwell
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Hiking

Beautiful hike!!!

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Nate Snorteland
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Hiking

This is a beautiful hike with little to no traffic. we really enjoyed it.

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Shelly C
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HikingSnow

A moderate, forested trail that leads to a pass with great views in all directions. There is a snowfield just below the pass but you can easily go around it or just climb up through the snow. I opted for the latter and didn't have a difficult time at all. Microspikes would've made it easier, but it can be done in regular hiking shoes. Very windy at the pass so bring a jacket.

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