Francie's Cabin from Spruce Creek Trailhead via Spruce Creek Road/Standard Winter Route

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Route Description

Make sure you take the trail at the END OF THE PARKING LOT (it is hidden by a huge pile of snow in the winter).

Follow FS Road 800 (Spruce Creek Road) as it exits the west side of the parking lot and bear left at the fork. Continue about 1.25 miles until you reach the intersection of Spruce Creek Road and the aqueduct road. Turn right onto the aqueduct road where the sign says Wheeler Trail. Francie’s Cabin is .75 miles from here. Follow the aqueduct road to the creek, cross the cement bridge. After the bridge, turn left onto FS Road 803 (Crystal Creek Road). After about 50 feet, turn right onto the snow-covered driveway to Francie’s Cabin, and follow it for about 600 feet to the cabin.

Locations of Observed or Reported Avalanche Activity: No avalanche activity has been reported along this suggested route.

Trailhead Directions

Drive about 2.5 miles south of Breckenridge on Highway 9 and turn right onto Spruce Creek Road. It’s a sharp right that immediately banks upward. Opposite the turn is a lake. You’ve gone too far if you pass the lake and see residential lots on Highway 9.

Follow Spruce Creek Road through the Crown subdivision, bearing left at major intersections (Golden Nugget and Crown Drive). You should still be on Spruce Creek Road. Continue on Spruce Creek Road until you reach a parking lot at the end of the road.


The Spruce Creek Trailhead parking area is marked with several Forest Service signs, one saying “Spruce Creek Portal.” Please be sure to post the appropriate parking permit on your dashboard or you may be towed. Make extra copies of the parking permit if your group requires more than one vehicle. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle when parked at trailheads. Summit Huts is not responsible for theft or vandalism to vehicles.