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Middle Frisco Trail is a 12 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Del Norte, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 12.0 mi Elevation gain 2,604 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Running

Forest

Lake

River

Views

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Getting There

Another option; you can take the West Frisco ATV trail up (a slightly easier climb), and the singletrack Middle Frisco trail back down. The two combined form a nice loop trail.

US Forest Service Rio Grande National Forest 1803 W. Highway 160 Monte Vista, CO 81144 Phone: 719-852-5941

To get to Middle Frisco Trail from South Fork, take highway 160 east approx 14 miles to Del Norte. Drive through town until you see the car wash on the right or South side of the road. Just after the car wash take a right on French Street or County Road 13. This road starts out paved and turns into a well maintained dirt road accessible by a low clearance 2WD vehicle. Continue on this road for about 9 miles where you will come across the signed trail head.

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Kay-Anna Hodges
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HikingGreat!

Super awesome trail with fairly easy elevation gain! The trail overall is 12.8 miles out and back. It's helpful to have the map downloaded as there are a few spots where horse trails go off to the sides that you may accidentally take instead of the actual trail itself. Overall very beautiful and would definitely do it again!

Christopher Jones
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Hiking

Very nice but long hike from the trailhead to the lake. We took our time going up - it took about 3 hour 45 minutes. Hiking out was quicker at about 3 hours. Nice views with lots of Aspen and Pine trees.

Jacqui Poe
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Horseback ridingRocky

Beautiful trail ascending the whole way. Some narrow trails with steep drop offs. That being said, I wouldn’t do it in anything but my seasoned horses.

Kevin Daniel
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Mitchell Gilbert
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Hiking

trail is in good condition with just a few trees over the trail. Trail is beautiful and has minimal usage. signage is sparce. Views at aipine region are epic. At one of the San Francisco lake you can see native Rio Grande cutthroat trout over 5 pounds swimming in mass! Overall fantastic hike around 13 miles. You can climb Bennett peak with a side trip from the lake. Route is to the right of the lake.

Sean Hanlon
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Hiking

Great trail. It is pretty long for a round trip. It was about 6.6 one way by gps. The best views of the valley are above the reservoir at the end. Recommend going to ~12000 feet to see the valley. It is breathtaking. Also, Mount Bennett is at the end. It is after the trail ends. It would have been nice to summit, but I was spent today. Also, the snow was rolling in, so the combination really made me shy away. Overall, worth doing. Especially if you want to use it to train.

Get Outside
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Numerous two tracks and single tracks throughout a high desert on BLM

James Oliver
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Hiking

This is an enjoyable, gently inclined but sustained, fairly long, non-technical hike with a lot of possible elevation gain, good for getting into shape for the 14ers or just to do for its own sake. If the weather looks favorable, go all the way to Bennett's summit!

Chris Hayward
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Hiking

Great trail. I was fortunate enough to see a mountain lion cross the road, close to the trail head. It contains beautiful shaded areas that open into lush fields. The constant sound of moving water is very relaxing. Definitely recommend!

Kyle Sweet
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Hiking

I’ve hiked this many different times since my cabin is just a few miles away. Beautiful hike. Great gradual elevation changes and heavily shaded by dark timber. Can’t take any ATV larger than a quad. It is along Frisco Creek so the sounds of running water and great.

Zachary Holloway
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Running
First to Review

Dope. Sweet climb that isnt crazy technical and has some fun views

Eleanor H
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Katherine Crowley
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Robert Millot
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N N.
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linda treibly
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Katie Harding
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Pierre Verbecken
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Pierre Verbecken
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Kathaleen Sawyer
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Sabine Meyer Hill
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Kristin Ferris
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Geri Newton
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William Harris
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Cindy Bradley
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Brian Kysia
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Kathaleen Sawyer
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Scott Ballard
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Cindy Bradley
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