Summit County Bike Trails: Frisco to Vail Pass
June 20, 2014
The ride is a steady climb with steep grades and switchbacks approaching the top of the pass.
Know Before You Go: This trail is very busy especially during the summer weekends and holidays. Anticipate a large number of other bikers, inline skaters, and hikers on this popular trail. Expect to encounter people stopped along the trail. Do not ride at excessive speeds especially in Tenmile Canyon where sight distances are reduced. Check weather forecasts before starting your ride. Weather conditions change quickly within Tenmile Canyon and on Vail Pass.
Parking: From I-70 take the west Frisco exit 201 to Main Street; the bicycle park and ride is on the right hand side of Main Street immediately east of I-70. Parking is also available at the Vail Pass Rest Stop located near the summit of the pass on the south side of I-70 and at the Wheeler Flats Trailhead by Copper Mountain.
Description: Follow the paved recpath from Frisco, along the historic Denver, South Park and Pacific narrow gauge railroad grade through Tenmile Canyon to Copper Mountain Resort. The bike route continues along the paved bike lane on Copper Road. Expect construction traffic detours and dismount zones on the west end of the resort, through Copper Mountain to the Union Creek Trailhead. The paved recpath resumes adjacent to I-70 to the summit of Vail Pass.