Elevation: 9,097 ft - 9, 932 ft
Elevation Gain: 835 ft
North Ten-mile Creek is a trail right at the second Frisco exit (coming from Denver) so it is an easy choice if you are in Summit County and don't want to drive too far. It is not high on views but the sojourner at least has a sense that mountains are nearby with occasional meadow crossing and open areas.
I was going to title this post North Ten-Mile at Ten Below because that is how cold it was and that did not include the wind chill. Even with long underwear under my ski pants, my legs became quite chilled. It seems I need to calibrate my gear every season, forgetting how warm or nor-so warm particular choices are. Long underware comes in various grades. I could have worn a warmer set for sure.
The route starts up a road towards some obvious green water tanks and then veers off trail at a nice sign that points uphill. From this point on the route steadily gains elevation and winds in and out of coniferous trees.
It being far too cold to lounge, we quickly sipped some hot chocolate out of a thermos and headed back to the trailhead. On a warmer day we might have continued. I have never done this trail in the summer but may have to put it on my list.