French Gulch Trail #2


Gold was discovered in French Gulch in 1860 by French Pete. This valley proved to be wildly rich in gold, silver, lead and zinc. You will see the remains of many mines in this area, as well as the rounded rock piles left by dredge boats. The trail initially follows the road and continues past a gate where eventually you will have wonderful views of Mt. Guyot and Bald Mountain. Once you have reached French Pass, you may continue downhill toward Michigan Creek located in the Pike/San Isabel National Forest in Park County.

At a Glance

Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Closed to motor vehicles.  Open to Hike, Horse and Mountain Bike. 
Closest Towns: Breckenridge, CO
Information Center: Dillon Ranger District; 680 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO


General Information

Directions: From I-70 take Exit 203, Frisco/Breckenridge, and travel south on HWY 9 through Frisco and travel to Breckenridge. Turn left at the 7-11 store at the intersection of French Gulch Road (County Road 450) and HWY 9. After approximately 0.4 miles the road forks, take the right fork into the subdivision. The road turns into County Road 2. Travel through the subdivision and then straight along the road. In approximately 4 miles there is a trailhead parking area on your right. Beyond this point there is no public parking so please park here.



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  Area/Length : 
4.1 miles one-way

  Elevation : 
10,315 ft. - 12,055 ft.