Best of Summit 2005: Outdoors |

Best of Summit 2005: Outdoors

1. Mowhawk Lake

A well-maintained trail, beautiful wildflowers and then … a waterfall. This trail has it all and makes for a perfect day-hike and return.

2. Peaks Trail

3. Colorado Trail

1. Ten Mile (Frisco-Copper)

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It’s not surprising that the bike path from Frisco to Copper Mountain is the most popular biking route. Zipping road cyclists, riders on mountain bikes, tandems or hybrids hauling baby carriages can all enjoy the steady 600-foot winding climb through Ten Mile Canyon.

This six-mile ride is especially pleasant with a tailwind.

2. Peaks Trail

3. Colorado Trail

1. Glenwood Springs

Surprise, surprise. Glenwood tops the list for day travelers. Tram rides are available for tourists to venture deep into area caves. And, as always, there’s the hot springs you can see from the interstate.

2. Buena Vista

3. Denver

1. Carter Park

Not only is Breck’s Carter Park the social hub and frolicking ground of every size and shape of canine in Summit County, but it is also home to the most eclectic mix of outdoor activity in the area. From practicing back-handsprings to throwing around a lacrosse ball or Frisbee to jumping in on a pick-up soccer match or having a wedding reception or picnic, this is the place.

2. Dillon Marina

3. Rainbow Park

1. Frisco Nordic Center

With easy access to groomed trails and beautiful views of Dillon Reservoir already on hand, you’d think it would be OK to settle for being the best. But with plans to work with the town of Frisco on turning the peninsula into more of a world-class Nordic venue, this area will only get better in the years to come.

2. Breckenridge Nordic Center

3. Montezuma

1. Copper Mountain

So, the distinction between taking terrain on one board or two disappears when it comes to the best mountain in Summit. It would seem that skiers and snowboarders are seriously learning to agree.

Copper’s naturally divided difficulty levels allow newbie skiers to take their time on the west side of the resort, intermediate skiers to find a gold mine of possibilities on the middle of the mountain, and advanced skiers to try their sticks on the east side and back bowls of Copper’s sprawling terrain.

2. Breckenridge

3. Arapahoe Basin

1. Copper Mountain

Dropping into the dizzying 18-foot walls of the superpipe or perfecting your next trick off of numerous freeride hits, the all-mountain riding options that always offer some place or other to escape the crowds, that certain stash of untouched powder…

There’s not a single one-plank wonder alive who can’t find something he or she loves about Copper Mountain. Copper is Cloud 9 to anyone wanting the vertical that guarantees avoidance of traverses, powder explosions and open trees in which to improvise one’s own natural slalom courses.

1. Breckenridge Golf Club

It’s tough, but not too long, and the pros are top-knotch. With a world-class practice facility and 27 holes to choose from, it’s a course for the golfer who wants a challenge, or for the golfer who wants a great walk with fantastic views.

2. Raven at Three Peaks Golf Club

3. Keystone River Golf Club

1. Tiki Bar

Kick back with a liver-thumping rum runner and scope the lake for Regatta boats avoiding death rolls while you enjoy the Jimmy Buffet-style ambience of Dillon Marina’s Tiki Bar. The slopes of Keystone and Breckenridge, plus the majesty of both the Tenmile and Gore mountain ranges can be admired from the deck of the friendly, high-energy Tiki Bar.

2. Kenosha Steakhouse

3. Bubba Gump

1. Blue River

From the shallow stream of Breckenridge, the Blue below the Dillon Reservoir opens up to, well, not quite a mighty river, but one that’s sufficiently packed with brown, brook and rainbow trout. Named as Gold Medal water, anglers say that the Blue is just the right size, provides the right amount of challenge, and is, through the expanse of its nearly 40 miles from Silverthorne to Kremmling, almost entirely wadeable.

2. Lower Blue

3. Lake Dillon

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