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Smith Creek Lakes
Smith Creek Lakes is an ATV-track trail from Francis Peak (above Farmington) to three small glacial cirque lakes. The trail rises over ridges then falls into the cirque basin of each lake. The trail lies at high altitude (over 9000 feet) and has a few semi-stiff climbs with loose rock chunks, so despite its short length it's fairly strenuous and requires intermediate skills. This is a beautiful ride with high WOW factor. The ride is 3.2 miles each way, with total climbing (round trip) of 900 feet. Many riders include a portion of the Francis Peak road as part of the ride. Starting from the fork near Farmington Flats, add 4.5 miles (one way) and 2200 vertical feet. From the trailhead in the foothills (below), add 12.3 miles and 4700 vertical, for a round trip of 31 miles!
Riding Notes, Smith Creek Lakes
0.0   ATV track to right of gate
0.6   Straight (R goes to view)
        N 41 02.184' W 111 10.162' Alt=9300'
1.1   Fork R (L = Great Western)
        N 41 02.493' W 111 50.303'
1.2   Straight (R down to primitive camp)
        N 41 02.615' W 111 50.259'
1.4   Straight and down switchbacks
        "Cheater routes" reconnect
2.0   First lake
3.2   Last lake
        N 41 03.387' W 111 50.483' Alt=8700'
        track continues 0.3 miles to flat for primitive camping

Bonus hillclimb from Farmington (4800 vertical!)
Park on the left 1/2 mile up road (trail information sign)
GPS N 40 59.808' W 111 53.060'
0.5   Keep straight, Bench Road  on R
        N 40 60.000' W 111 52.750'
1.3   Road turns to dirt, parking for optional trailhead on R
5.0   Campground (bathrooms)
7.8   Straight (L) N 40 59.235' W 111 47.986' Alt = 7050'
8.6   Straight past maintenance shed
        Stay on main road
12.3 Francis Peak gate
        N 41 01.650' W 111 50.279' Alt=9250'
        Trail is northbound DT right of gate

Getting there:  Exit I-15 in Farmington. Get to the corner of 600 North and 100 East. (The most direct route there was blocked by construction at the time of my visit 7/03.) Turn north (left if you're going up the hill) on 100 East. Keep right at the fork. Park on the left just past the fork (trail information sign) GPS N 40 59.808' W 111 53.060'. Alternative parking is found at the end of the pavement 1 mile up the canyon. To ride from the upper road fork, drive up the canyon 7 miles and park to left of the fork N 40 59.235' W 111 47.986'.

Copyright 2003 Mad Scientist Software Inc
Trail conditions change. Use this trail guide at your own risk.