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Excellent singletrack that is a popular multi-use trail.


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5.4

Miles

8.7

KM

Point to Point

10,313' 3,143 m

High

8,862' 2,701 m

Low

71' 22 m

Up

1,522' 464 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

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A great hike. This trail can be linked with other trail and roads to make a nice loop, or can be hikeed as an out-and-back. As mapped the trail starts at the junction with Tipple Trail. The actual trailhead is off of Hwy-130. Take the Tipple Trail east and then turn right onto French Creek Trail.

This hike starts at over 10,000 feet, so saying it is seasonal is an understatement. Don't plan on hiking it until mid-June depending on how the past winter's snowpack was.

French Creek Canyon is very scenic, with several waterfalls worth a stop and look. Sunshine Falls is marked with signage.

One of the most fun characteristics is that most small stream crossings have large cobblestones for crossings.

The only cautions on the FCT proper are:
  • There are several old school water bars where some very sharp rocks were used as reinforcement.
  • Expect a few trees to be down because the remoteness and ruggedness mean that people rarely do chainsaw involved trail maintenance.

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John Marno

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  4.3 from 3 votes

#7

in Snowy Range

#10229

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#7

in Snowy Range

#211

in Wyoming

#10,229

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Trail eventually opens up into a beautiful flat meadow with small creek crossings.
Aug 17, 2023 near Centennial, WY
Quite a few waterfalls to view.
Aug 17, 2023 near Centennial, WY
Lots of scenic and peaceful creek crossing.
Aug 17, 2023 near Centennial, WY
A young Mule deer in velvet about 30 yards off the trail.  August 18, 2019
Aug 19, 2019 near Centennial, WY

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Aug 17, 2023
Fattgarrett Hawkins
This hike was perfect
Aug 7, 2018
Caleb S
7.1mi
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