French Pass Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

French Pass trail provides access to the Continental Divide between Bald Mountain and Mount Guyot.  The trail is not always easy to follow and isn't well signed.  From the southern trailhead it leads up the French Creek drainage, beginning at approximately 10,520 feet in elevation.  Within 4.5 miles hikers reach the summit of French Pass.  The trail continues into the White River National Forest.  This trail is not reccomended for winter use due to avalanche potential. 

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Toilets,Parking
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Jefferson
Water: Michigan Creek campground has water in the summer months.
Restroom: Michigan Creek campground
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: South Park Ranger District 719 836-2031

General Information


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.


This trail is open year round; however, winter conditions could make travel difficult.




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Toilets Michigan Creek Campground
Parking Near the trailhead