Bike Trails Information

Summit County Bike Trails: Colorado Trail

August 29, 2014 — 

Following a beautiful section of the Colorado Trail, this loop explores forested hillsides and open meadows above the Swan River Valley. The West Ridge section of the Colorado Trail includes some of the area’s most popular singletrack.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Shrine Pass and beyond

September 4, 2014 — 

Starting from Vail Pass, this hiking and mountain biking route provides a good exploration of the Shrine Pass area and its peak-filled vistas.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Wheeler Trail

September 4, 2014 — 

This section of the historic Colorado National Recreation Trail contains a challenging ascent and descent over the Tenmile Range on Wheeler Pass. It is a challenging route that includes technical above-tree-line terrain. The Wheeler/Colorado Trail can also be combined with the popular Peaks Trail from Frisco to Breckenridge

Know Before You Go: Much of the Wheeler Trail is above timberline. Get an early start and be prepared for weather changes. When riding within the ski area, stay on routes designated for biking.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Mayflower Gulch

September 4, 2014 — 

Just a few minutes beyond Copper Mountain Resort — following Highway 91 toward Leadville — Mayflower Gulch is a great off-the-beaten-path 4x4 road that’s really not that far off the beaten path, but rarely busy with foot traffic. A relatively well-maintained dirt road accesses an impressive above-tree-line mountain cirque dotted with the remains of old mining cabins, relics from the old Boston Mine camp site. When hit at the right time of year wildflowers dot the above-tree-line meadow. This route also makes for a great short hike. From the trailhead it’s only about 2 miles to reach the large above-tree-line meadow where most of the mining remains are located. While it’s a short hike, the trail does climb substantially to reach tree line.

Know Before You Go: Respect all private property at the beginning and end of this ride. Most historic buildings are private and fragile; please view them from a distance. Some of this ride is above timberline; be prepared for rapidly changing weather. Off-road vehicles occasionally use this road to access the top of the gulch.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Three forks of the Swan River

August 14, 2014 — 

The Swan River Valley, which is accessible from Tiger Road north of Breckenridge and offers multiple ride options, including routes along the three forks of the Swan River.

North Fork: From Highway 9, follow Tiger Road to the three-way junction at 3.2 miles, turn left on the North Fork Road. Ride along the left side of a meadow, through a gate and into the trees. A short distance farther, turn left onto a side road where the main road curves right and crosses the river. Begin climbing more steeply over sometimes rocky terrain. Connect with the main road again after about a mile and continue up the left side of the drainage. Continue straight past a gated spur on the left. The road narrows, climbs several short, steep pitches through dense forest and reaches some dilapidated cabins in a small opening at about 5.5 miles. Continue climbing, now over more challenging terrain. As you near timberline the valley widens, mountains appear and collapsed buildings marking the old Rexford townsite dot the hillside. Climb over rocky terrain into a spectacular high alpine cirque. Turn around at the three-way junction near a stream. Both spurs dead-end shortly beyond this point.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Spruce Creek Loop

August 14, 2014 — 

The Spruce Creek Loop is a short, challenging ride that offers several great options for exploring the Spruce Creek drainage south of Breckenridge.

Know Before You Go: This ride can be lengthened by combining it with the Burro Trail ride, which starts at the base area of Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 9. You can also explore several side roads and trails though the singletrack in the area is steep, technical and often muddy. Offshoot trails may require some portaging. Expect some vehicles on Spruce Creek Road.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Breckenridge's Burro Trail

August 14, 2014 — 

Starting from Breckenridge’s Peak 9 base area, the Burro Trail includes gradual but often rocky climbs along creeks and through dense forest to the Spruce Creek drainage. For a longer ride it can be combined with trails around Spruce Creek. Riders interested in just the downhill portion can run a shuttle from the Spruce Creek Trailhead.

Know Before You Go: This trail can be crowded with hikers and cyclists, especially on weekends. Expect people at blind corners and be prepared to ride slowly and yield frequently. Although it may look dry at the beginning, this shaded trail takes a while to lose winter snow and should be avoided in early summer. It is also best to wait a day after heavy rains. Although elevation gains are moderate, several very rocky sections require some technical riding ability.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Keystone Gulch

August 14, 2014 — 

Keystone Gulch Road climbs gradually along a lively stream near the base of Keystone Mountain. This route offers other trail options farther up the drainage, including a challenging climb to North Peak and a loop combining abandoned logging roads and the West Ridge section of the Colorado Trail.

Know Before You Go: When traveling within Keystone Ski Area’s boundary, stay on routes designated for bike travel and expect to encounter vehicles on Keystone Gulch Road.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Frey Gulch

August 14, 2014 — 

Easily accessed from Keystone, the Frey Gulch mountain biking loop travels along the lower slopes of Tenderfoot Mountain — across Highway 6 from the resort — and up aspen-lined Frey Gulch.

Know Before You Go: The trail is usually dry by June and sometimes even by late May. Expect horse traffic from Keystone Stables. Always pull over and let them pass. Frey Gulch is full of aspens, making this a colorful fall ride.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Sallie Barber Mine

August 14, 2014 — 

The French Gulch area provides a number of ride options. This week we’re looking at a scenic loop that explores some of Summit County’s historic sites, including the Sallie Barber Mine, a well-preserved structure perched on a ridge above French Gulch.

Know Before You Go: Expect traffic on lower French Gulch Road, which is surrounded mainly by private land for the first few miles. Please respect all “No Trespassing” signs. Most historic buildings are private and fragile; please view them from a distance. Beautiful stands of aspen in French Gulch make this a spectacular fall ride.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Dyersville

July 23, 2014 — 

Once a busy mining camp, the long-abandoned Dyersville town site languishes near Indiana Creek and can be accessed by a network of dirt roads including the Boreas Pass railroad grade road and a rugged jeep road.

Know Before You Go: When the gate at the beginning of Boreas Pass Road is closed, the road is still snowy and wet and should be avoided until the gate opens. Expect vehicle traffic, which can be heavy on weekends, on Boreas Pass Road.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Barney Ford-Juniata Loop

July 23, 2014 — 

With immediate access from downtown Breckenridge, the Barney Ford-Juniata loop climbs from Carter Park up to Sallie Barber Road then descends on a fun section of singletrack back to town. A number of popular Breckenridge mountain bike races end on this section of trail. It makes a great quick ride out of town.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Bakers Tank Loop

July 23, 2014 — 

Known by locals as a great loop just outside of downtown Breckenridge, Baker’s Tank provides a great ride option all summer long. An easy climb up Boreas Pass Road takes you to a hidden singletrack that descends through a dense pine forest on Baker’s Tank Trail.

Know Before You Go: When the gate on Boreas Pass Road, near the Baker’s Tank Trailhead, is closed, Boreas Pass Road is still snowy and wet. Cyclists should avoid this ride until the gate opens. Expect vehicle traffic (especially on weekends) on the road. Bordered by aspen groves and with nice views of Quandary Peak and the Tenmile Range, Boreas Pass Road alone also makes for a spectacular fall ride. It should be noted that snow lingers on the Baker’s Tank Trail, which should be avoided in early summer and after heavy rains. The trail can be ridden in either direction. Taking Boreas Pass Road to the Baker’s Tank Trail’s upper access point leaves all singletrack for the descent.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Blue River Pennsylvania/Indiana Loop

July 11, 2014 — 

The meandering Blue River Trail is a great option for polishing singletrack skills and can be combined with a rugged jeep road that explores two scenic drainages.

Know Before You Go: The Blue River Trail is entirely on private land; the landowners have kindly allowed access. Do not leave the designated route; you will be trespassing and jeopardizing future access. Expect other users on this popular trail. Less-skilled riders may want to pedal only the Blue River Trail, which can be ridden as an out-and-back or made into a loop by using the highway. Although the trail is usually dry by early June, the upper loop won’t be snow-free until later in the month.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Boreas Pass

July 11, 2014 — 

Boreas Pass Road follows an abandoned narrow-gauge railroad bed to scenic views and historic remains on the Continental Divide, south of Breckenridge. The popular Bakers Tank Trail also can be accessed along this route.

Know Before You Go: Well-maintained and gradual, this road is excellent for novices. When the gate near the trailhead is closed, the road is still snowy and wet. Cyclists should avoid this ride until the gate is opened. Expect vehicle traffic, which can be heavy on weekends. Boreas Pass is above timberline; be prepared for changing weather.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Gold Run Road

July 11, 2014 — 

Gold Run Road is a maintained jeep road that travels through Gold Run Gulch — connecting Tiger Road and French Gulch Road northwest of downtown Breckenridge. The road passes the historic Preston ghost town site and over Gibson Hill for a close-up glimpse of a number of well-preserved mining remains. The road also accesses a number of trails in the Golden Horseshoe area.

Know Before You Go: This area is usually the first to lose snow around Breckenridge and is often rideable by June. Large aspen groves also make this an excellent fall ride. Numerous side roads may make route finding a challenge and also provide some additional exploring. However, much of the land is private. To avoid endangering future access in this region, please respect all “No Trespassing” signs. Changes from this description may occur if development and road improvements continue on private lands in this area. Expect occasional jeep traffic. Most historic buildings are private and fragile; please view them from a distance.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Mountain Biking in French Gulch

July 11, 2014 — 

The French Gulch Road trail area offers a number of riding options that branch from a well-maintained dirt road that runs through historic French Gulch just outside of downtown Breckenridge. The primary trail, just beyond Breckenridge’s Wellington neighborhood, passes many old mining remains before becoming a rugged track that climbs steeply to a remote mountain pass. The Golden Horseshoe trail area to the north and a number of other trails to the south are also accessible from French Gulch.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Miner's Creek

July 11, 2014 — 

Providing quick access to a network of singletrack trails near Frisco, Miners Creek Road winds past beaver ponds and a meandering creek as it climbs toward the Tenmile Range. From Miners Creek, riders can access portions of the Peaks, Rainbow Lake and Gold Hill trails. Climbing Miners Creek to access the lower portion of the Peaks Trail’s singletrack makes for a great quick loop from town.

Know Before You Go: The part of the road described in this ride is usually dry enough to ride by early June, though the water might be high at creek crossings. There’s fun to be had exploring the several side roads in this area. Expect occasional jeep traffic. There also are camping sites along the Forest Service road. The ride includes roughly 1,100 feet of elevation gain with a continuous grade.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Frisco to Breckenridge recreation path

June 5, 2014 — 

Geared toward riders of all ages and abilities, the Blue River Recreational Path parallels the Blue River, connecting Breckenridge and Frisco. This paved recpath is a popular route for cyclists all summer long.

Know Before You Go: This trail is one of the most heavily used sections of the Summit County Recreational Pathway System, especially during the summer weekends and holidays. Anticipate a large number of other bikers and hikers on this popular trail. Also expect to encounter a number of people stopped along the way. The trail crosses several roads and driveways that have vehicular and large-truck traffic. Use caution when crossing these areas.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Lake Dillon rec path

May 30, 2014 — 

Following a combination of paved trails and roads, the Lake Dillon scenic bike route runs along shorelines, through towns and past marinas, and takes riders on a challenging trip up Swan Mountain Road. Riders can select any number of options.

Know Before You Go: Swan Mountain Road is a winding mountain road with an elevation gain of 500 feet that does not have paved shoulders. Be aware at times there is heavy vehicle traffic. Use caution when riding along this 6-mile section of the route. The route is not advised for families with small children or bike trailers.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Oro Grande

June 21, 2014 — 

Known as one of the first mountain biking trails dry enough to ride every year, the Oro Grande Trail is a solid early-season riding option. Following an aspen-covered hillside above Dillon Reservoir, this ride offers panoramic views of both Ten Mile and the Gore ranges.

Know Before You Go: The rolling terrain is great for novices and is usually dry by mid-May. Large stands of aspen also make this an excellent fall choice. This ride can be shortened to a 6-mile loop by turning right onto a dirt road at about 2.3 miles, and following it past the cemetery to Highway 6. After crossing the Highway riders can access the paved Lake Dillon recpath, which takes you back to the town of Dillon. Be aware that certain portions of the trail are accessible to ATVs and other motorized vehicles.

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Summit County bike trails: Frisco to Dillon and Keystone

May 30, 2014 — 

While the Lake Dillon rec path goes all the way around the lake, on both paved trails and roadways, the section of the ride between Frisco and Dillon makes for a pleasant, moderate ride on its own. The route provides great views of Dillon Reservoir and a scenic ride along the Snake River to Keystone Resort.

Know Before You Go: The route passes through a portion of Keystone’s River Course. Please stay on the path and respect areas posted as restricted to bikes. Check out the new paved community pathway between The River Course entrance and Summit Cove to access singletrack trails at the golf course.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Frisco to Vail Pass

June 21, 2014 — 

Every year cyclists ring in the start of a new biking season with the opening of Vail Pass recpath. Connecting Frisco to Vail, this portion of trail offers something for everyone. Some area bike shops offer shuttles to the summit of Vail Pass for a strictly downhill ride. Those opting for a shorter loop can go from Frisco to Copper Mountain Resort and back — roughly 6 miles each way — or ride the Summit Stage to Copper and take the trail from there. Those seeking a real High Country challenge can opt for the 1,500-foot vertical gain from Frisco to the top of Vail Pass — approximately 14 miles— or even go all the way to Vail.

The ride is a steady climb with steep grades and switchbacks approaching the top of the pass. The recpath typically opens in late May and is accessible into early October. The section between Officers Gulch and Copper Mountain is susceptible to flooding during peak snowmelt — late May to early June — and can make for a wet ride or an occasional closure.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Illinois Creek area

June 21, 2014 — 

Great for a quick trail ride from downtown Breckenridge, the Illinois Creek Trail system provides a number of short loops as well a connection to the Blue River Trail. Located behind the Steven C. West Ice Arena, the trail system is a short ride from Main Street and typically rideable June to October. It includes minimal elevation gain, making it a good warm up for anybody new to the area or just looking to get a short ride in.

Know Before You Go: The Illinois Creek Trail System is located on an area of land just behind the Stephen C. West Ice Arena, off Boreas Pass Road, on the east side of Hwy 9. Maps of this trail system are available from the town of Breckenridge Open Space and Trails Department (970) 547-3155 located at Breckenridge Town Hall or at area bike shops.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Illinois Creek area

June 21, 2014 — 

Great for a quick trail ride from downtown Breckenridge, the Illinois Creek Trail system provides a number of short loops as well a connection to the Blue River Trail. Located behind the Steven C. West Ice Arena, the trail system is a short ride from Main Street and typically rideable June to October. It includes minimal elevation gain, making it a good warm up for anybody new to the area or just looking to get a short ride in.

Know Before You Go: The Illinois Creek Trail System is located on an area of land just behind the Stephen C. West Ice Arena, off Boreas Pass Road, on the east side of Hwy 9. Maps of this trail system are available from the town of Breckenridge Open Space and Trails Department (970) 547-3155 located at Breckenridge Town Hall or at area bike shops.

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Summit County Bike Trails: Tiger Road is a gateway to a network of singletrack

June 13, 2014 — 

Tiger Road north of Breckenridge provides a number of trail riding opportunities, starting with the road itself. When there’s still snow and mud at higher elevations, Tiger Road is a great place to start.

The smooth dirt road provides scenic, easy cruising along the lower Swan River Valley. Higher up, the valley splits into three mountain drainages containing rugged jeep roads that explore remote meadows and remains of historic mining communities.

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Summit County Bike Trails: The Frisco Peninsula Trail System

June 14, 2014 — 

SUMMIT COUNTY — One of the county's most popular early-season mountain bike trail networks is the Frisco Peninsula.

For many Summit County residents the peninsula trail system is the first place to go when the snow melts in the spring. Typically the first to thaw out, it’s a great place to warm up for the season, get used to the altitude or just enjoy a trail quick trail ride next to Lake Dillon at any time during the summer. The network includes a number of short interconnected trails, so get out there and explore.

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