The French Creek Canyon Trail is open all year but is difficult to get to when Wyoming Highway 130 (Snowy Range Road) is closed in the winter.
It is open to hiking and mountain biking. Dogs are welcome.
There are no parking or day use fees at any of the trailheads which access French Creek Canyon Trail.
The French Creek Canyon Trail is 5.2 miles long and of moderate difficulty.
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The French Creek Canyon Trail follows South French Creek for 5.2 miles. It begins in the North off of Tipple Trail near where Tipple Trail crosses South French Creek.
One mile into the trail it will open up into a wide valley which the trail will cross. From there the trail will continue south as the valley closes and the canyon begins.
2.3 miles into the trail you will get to Sunshine Falls. This waterfall is tucked away into the canyon and it is worth coming at least this far to see.
The biggest drawback on this hike is that it’s all uphill on the way out so keep that in mind when planning when you need to turn around.
If you are looking for a guide to take with you on the French Creek Canyon Trail:
- You can view, download, and print a PDF version of our free trail guide.
- You can find these trails in our Snowy Range and Pole Mountain Trail Deck sold through our partner, Laramie’s Basecamp.
- The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest provides a status and description. They also publish the Medicine Bow National Forest Map – Waterproof.
- These trails are also part of the Hiking Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest – Third Edition book by Marc Smith.
French Creek Canyon Trail ranges in elevation from 8,941 feet at the French Canyon Trailhead to 10,300 feet at the intersection with Tipple Trail.
The easiest way to get to the French Creek Canyon Trail is to start on Tipple Trail from either the Lake Marie Trailhead or the Tipple Trailhead. These can be reached by traveling West from Centennial on Wyoming Highway 130 for about 16 miles. There is an additional trailhead at the southwestern end of the trail off of Forest Road 236. We don’t recommend trying to get to this trailhead though unless you are familiar with the area and have a high clearance four wheel drive vehicle.
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