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Frenchman Creek is a 15 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Buena Vista, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 15.0 miles Elevation Gain: 4,511 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


rock climbing


bird watching

ohv / off road driving


wild flowers


over grown



Wed Dec 05 2018

Starting Dec 1 the lower gate on CR386 near US24 is closed. I hiked and snowshoed from there 3.3 miles to the end of the 4wd road at the wilderness boundary. Starting at 8500 feet you can walk the first mile with just boots. After that there is now a trench to the end of the road at 10,400 feet, with snowshoes highly recommended.

Sat Aug 18 2018

Decent trail IF you have high clearance off road vehicle. The hike from the lower trailhead is a washed out jeep trail with gigantic, feet killing rocks. Consider adamantium shanks for you boots. I went to the high trail in my Jeep. The rest of the trail has tons of dead ends and washouts. We spent 1/2 the hike bushwacking or bouldering. The approach to Harvard is less than great. Tons of false ridges, and we found too late you have to cross over for a north face summit. We were cliffed out around 14,220. Only plus side is we didn't see a single person on the trail over 2 days. There's probably a reason for that!

Sun Sep 10 2017

Not a hiking trail. Jeeping? Sure, but not hiking. We went up, emphasis on *up*, for 2.5 miles. Stupid steep. It was just a rutted, steep road. Kinda pretty back in there but nothing we'd recommend for hikers. Even on the descent, we questioned how we got up this hill.

9 months ago

Wed Aug 08 2012