Frenchmans Track

Frenchmans Track is one of the most famous 4WD tracks in Cape York.

Properly called Frenchman's Road, it is one of them "roads", that really should be called a track - not only because it's narrow as a track, but also because it does have its challenges.

And it surprises one then when a lot of the time this track is actually not too challenging - except its two river crossings, and one of them is likely your deepest one on the peninsula

frenchmans track start

The start of the Frenchmans Track has some patches of bog holes until you get to Wenlock River crossing.
   frenchmans track road

The western river bank is steep, (steeper than you can see in the below photo).

frenchmans track wenlock river bank

... but once down, the river crossing itself is easy if you are doing it well enough into the Dry season.

frenchmans road wenlock river

Continuing east the Frenchmans Track has a sandy climb,
   frenchmans road wenlock river bank

... a few wet patches,
   frenchmans road track 
.. as well as level but sometimes even a little corrugated parts...
   frenchmans track conditions

.. and some more uneven parts..
   frenchmans road condition

The main excitement of the Frenchmans Track is Pascoe River, which often is one of the deepest river crossings on the peninsula (how deep really depends on recent, local rains).

frenchmans road pascoe river bank

Once you get to Pascoe, it is a steep track down along the western river bank.

frenchmans road pascoe river

The river itself is reasonably deep and that in the combination with quite a strong current makes this crossing challenging.

And that said how challenging is the Pascoe River Crossing depends on a lot of things including the time of the year and recent weather.

frenchmans road pascoe river crossing

The eastern bank is not as steep as the western one, but is still a fair climb up.

frenchmans road views

The rest of the road is cruisy with no big dramas...

frenchmans road gorge

.. and some great views over some rocky country...

frenchmans road landscape

.. and the surrounding landscape,
   frenchmans road end

.. until the track comes to its eastern end at the main road into Iron Range National Park, Lockhart River and Portland Roads.

Pascoe River Crossing

Pascoe River crossing is great fun!

Like most other rivers, Pascoe has of course different crossings on the peninsula.

Not quite as many as some other rivers do, since Pascoe is one of the shorter ones.

Unlike Wenlock, Archer and some other rivers it does not cross the peninsula, both starting (near Mount Tozer south of Lockhart River) and ending (in Weymouth Bay north of Portland Roads and Iron Range National Park) on the eastern side.

Its most used crossings are those on Frenchmans Track, and the so called Pascoe Track south of it.
   pascoe river

And the most serious of the two is the one of the Frenschmans Track.
   pascoe river crossing

Sometimes this Pascoe River crossing is not hugely deep, other times it is.
   pascoe river crossing cape york

Being a river it also has a fair current,
and consequently, according to a lot of people, including experienced four wheel drivers, I often hear that it is the most serious crossing they encountered on their Cape York trip.
   pascoe river crossing frenchmans track

It sure is on every traveller's photos and videos, who have done the Frenchmans Track.
   pascoe river crossing frenchmans track cape york

Its entry and exit are rocky and slow,

... and the crossing itself is everyone's favourite!


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