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North Tenmile Creek

Intermediate
 4.4 (15)

This serene valley ramble offers subtle views and the creek for company.


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3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

Point to Point

9,999' 3,048 m

High

9,156' 2,791 m

Low

899' 274 m

Up

56' 17 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

The trailhead is conveniently close to downtown Frisco at the end of Main Street, west of I70.

The North Tenmile Creek path starts off briefly as pavement before ducking right onto a signposted dirt trail in the shadows of Wichita Mountain. The initial open landscape dotted with stunted aspens soon becomes more dense pine forest. Dont become discouraged by a couple of steep, loose rock sections early on. The majority of the trail is smooth packed dirt with easy footing (except for the wetter, very last bit of trail).

The cheerful North Tenmile Creek provides the soundtrack for this trail and there are several places where you can stop to rest and dip your feet. Kids will enjoy scrambling on the huge boulders scattered along the length of this trail. At the wilderness boundary, the trail narrows and becomes more rooty and rocky with numerous side streams to cross.

Being in a valley, this trail does not provide sweeping vistas, but the views up and down-valley improve towards the end of the trail. Otherwise, be content with the flowery meadows and shady, lush wooded sections. For most people, the trail ends at a T intersection with the Gore Range Trail. Beyond the "T" intersection a braided path starts through marshy swamp to the headwaters of the North Tenmile Creek, but this is a wet proposition, even in the driest months.

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Megan W

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  4.4 from 15 votes

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#455

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Wildflowers along the wooden path section
Dec 2, 2014 near Frisco, CO
Views down-valley towards Wichita Mountain
Dec 2, 2014 near Frisco, CO
The appealing creekside tempts hikers
Dec 2, 2014 near Frisco, CO
Rough, steeper section does not last long
Dec 2, 2014 near Frisco, CO
Uneva Peak looms over the valley
Dec 2, 2014 near Frisco, CO
Town of Frisco in the distance
Dec 2, 2014 near Frisco, CO

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Jun 27, 2020
Carl Reinhardt
Jun 14, 2020
Scott Fields
May 23, 2020
John TZen
Feb 16, 2020
Morgan Reynolds
Good snow for snowshoeing! 2.5mi
Aug 3, 2019
Tim Mlack
Jul 29, 2019
John Steger
Jun 30, 2019
Kat Chorman
not much to see. big wide trail. pretty easy. apparently connects to Vail. 4.3mi
Jun 24, 2019
Jennifer Walker
5mi — 2h 42m