Middle Frisco Trail #879

Area Status: Open


The Middle Frisco Trail (#879) is 6.3 miles long. It begins at the Middle Frisco Trailhead off of County Road 13 and ends at the San Francisco Lakes.  The trail begins at 9,500 ft, ending at 12,000 ft.  The trail gains elevation steadily for the first half, before reaching switchbacks where elevation is gained more rapidly before reaching the lakes.

The trail starts in a mixed conifer/aspen stand and continues south along the Middle Frisco Creek until you reach San Francisco Lakes. The lakes are located at an open sub alpine meadow below a ridge running east and west between Pintada Mountain and Bennett Mountain.  Travelers will have a picturesque view from beneath Bennett Mountain, which presides over the lakes at 13,203 ft.

Travelers wishing to summit Bennett Mountain or to connect with other trails in the area  can continue on a short connector trail (#879.1) which ends at a junction with West Frisco Trail (#850).

Middle Frisco Trail is non-motorized, permitted uses include: Foot Travel, Horse Travel, Mountain Biking.


At a Glance

Usage: Light
Best Season: May - October
Restrictions: No Motorized Vehicles
Closest Towns: Del Norte, CO
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From the town of Del Norte, Take County Road 13 to the south 10 miles until it dead ends at the dual trailheads. The Middle Frisco Trailhead is at the first parking lot just as you cross the cattleguard

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Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Difficult


Difficulty Level: Moderate

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
6.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
9000 - 11500