Middle Frisco Trail #879

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Middle Frisco trail is 6.3 miles long. It begins at County Road 13 and ends at Frisco Lake. This trail is very popular with horsemen during the big game hunting season. 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. The trail continues past the lakes intersecting with FDT#850.

Bennett Mountain stands above 13,000 feet and is referred to as Ole’ Baldy. Long ago, when the Spaniards first came to the San Luis Valley, they had named Ole’ Baldy “Pintada Mountain”. Later, the miners changed the name to Bennett Mountain (Pintada Mountain). You can only see Pintada Mountain from Monte Vista.

The trail is open for the following uses: 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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