Nestled in the Colorado highlands, Middle Frisco Creek Trail is an alpine biking gem that promises an enticing blend of challenge and natural grandeur. Starting from the trailhead at Co. Rd. 13 at an elevation of 9,500 ft., the trail escorts you through a lush tapestry of aspens and pines all the way up to Frisco Lake, at a breathtaking 12,000 ft. This 14-mile out-and-back route is primarily aimed at intermediate riders, offering a satisfying balance of technical elements and scenic reprieves.
Riders embarking on this adventure will find that the first half of the trail is a smoother affair. It gently flows through aspens and pines, offering some casual challenges in the form of stationary rocks and tree roots. However, as one moves closer to Frisco Lake, the trail changes its demeanor. Expect to encounter:
Once you crest the final rise and find yourself above the tree line, the reward is an unobstructed view of the high alpine scenery. It's not just a visual treat; the descent back offers a smooth and exhilarating ride down, covering 2,500 vertical feet of pure joy.
Riders unanimously agree that Middle Frisco Creek Trail is a workout worth the sweat. While the trail's ascent is dubbed as "a climb that seems to last forever," the euphoria on the way down is beyond words. Those looking for technical elements won't be disappointed either, but the real winners are the lovers of panoramic vistas. From riders' accounts:
To access the trailhead, proceed south on French St./Co. Rd. 13 from Del Norte. After covering nine miles, the trailhead appears on the left, just past an animal rehab center.
It's not often that a trail offers so much variety packed into a single ride. From the engaging climbs to the serene landscapes and the adrenaline-pumping descent, Middle Frisco Creek Trail has all the elements to satisfy the mountain biking purist. So gear up and head to Del Norte; this trail is waiting to impress you with its alpine splendor.