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June 21, 2014
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Summit County Bike Trails: Illinois Creek area

Throughout the summer the Summit Daily will be running weekly mountain bike and recpath trail guides from our annual Explore Summit County Bike Guide every Friday and Saturday. The rides will be a mix of dirt trails, singletrack and paved roads from across Summit County.

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.

Parking: Parking for the Illinois Creek Trail system is available at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena on Boreas Pass Road.

Description: The Illinois Creek Trail System provides a low-level ADA loop around the ice rink along the river bank, which now serves as an interpretive loop and historic park associated with the Rotary snowplow. Although the Illinois Creek Trail System is relatively short, numerous loop opportunities are available throughout it. To add mileage the main loop can link to the Blue River Trail.

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The Summit Daily Updated Sep 12, 2014 01:16AM Published Sep 4, 2014 11:22AM Copyright 2014 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.