North Fork French Creek Loop via Heizer Trail

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Pike National Forest

North Fork French Creek Loop via Heizer Trail is a 13.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cascade, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.4 miles Elevation Gain: 3,923 feet Route Type: Loop

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17 days ago

I hiked the entire loop clockwise (left at fork). If you are doing the whole loop, I strongly recommend going this direction, as the intersection with bar trail is not marked at this left part of the loop (so it’d be easy to miss when coming down bar trail) whereas the other intersection connecting to the second half of the loop is marked. Heizer trail is okay....you can both see and hear the road, but once you get further in it’s not a problem. I recommend this trail if you’re ready for a hike...it seems to me to be closer to 15 miles than 13. The trail is generally good, although it does need some more hikers so it’s clearer where the path is on some parts. Overall, not too bad in terms of following the trail, especially if you check AllTrails at any junction. I recommend this hike as it’s nice and quiet in the loop, but only if you’re ready for the length and pretty constant (mostly gentle) uphill at times.

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8 months ago

Hiked 9/6/19. It was just OK. The initial climb is a good workout but doesn't offer that great of views. Around 4.5 miles in, shortly after crossing North Fork French Creek to head south, the actual trail takes you up the gully immediately to the west of Mount Manitou. The loop is peaceful in the forest next to creeks but there are only sporadic views of Pikes Peak, and you can't actually go to or even see the reservoir because there are no trespassing signs all around it. Good training hike, that's about it.

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10 months ago

First - You can not park where this sends you too, there are no parking signs posted. Instead you can park down the road about .15 miles by a small park. Did this trail today (sorta). The initial climb is hard but it isn't terrible, although it seemed much worse to me on the return descent. The trail was easy to follow out to the 3 mile mark where you go left to begin the loop. After that point the trail isn't hard to follow but it is getting overgrown, but the sounds of the running water is incredible. Somewhere around the 4.4 mile mark is where I differed, although I never left the trail. I ended up going southeast and hitting the black trails at the three way intersection. I then followed that to the Barr trail, headed west up the Barr trail to the small blue trail intersection to the north and back to the loop which I continued clockwise. This change added about 2.5 miles and a lot of elevation. But the trail as a whole was super impressive, lots of great views, shade, flowers, trees, rock formations, and that wonderful creek.

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10 months ago

Very steep cross backs in the first section. Would’ve appreciated having walking sticks/poles. Also, lots of traffic noise from 24 during that whole section :/ but once you reach the top, the scenery is amazing and peaceful. The trail flattens nicely with gentle hills. Didn’t make it all the way around due to weather. Saw only one couple on my way back down so a good option if you’re looking for solitude (did do this on a weekday afternoon).

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