Gold Run Road
DISTANCE: 10.5 miles
TIME: 2-3 hours
ELEVATION: 9,240-10,200 ft.
TYPE: Loop, dirt road, paved path
SEASON: June to mid-October
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.
Parking: From I-70, follow Highway 9 south to Breckenridge. Turn right at the stoplight on the north edge of town onto North Park. Drive by the City Market and park in one of the large lots located on the left side of Park Avenue.
Description: Get onto the paved bike path starting at Watson and bordering the west side of the river. Descend on it toward Frisco for almost 3 miles. Cross the highway at the traffic light onto Tiger Road. Ride almost a mile alongside the Breckenridge Golf Course and turn right onto Gold Run Road, (see the Tiger Road/Three Forks of the Swan ride to continue up the main road) which winds along the left side of the course (watch for golf balls). Expansion of the golf course will result in a detour at this route. The detour will continue farther up Tiger Road before turning right onto a dirt road, which will circle around new golf course addition before rejoining Gold Run road. Climb beyond the golf course and eventually ford a creek, which can be a challenging crossing in early summer. Pass the historic Jessie stamp mill and continue climbing, switchbacking right past a spur road on the left. Curve left just past remains of the Extension mine and continue straight at a 4-way intersection near collapsed structures marking the Preston townsite. Climb more steeply, passing a couple of side roads on the left and right before reaching the high point on Gibson Hill at about 7.2 miles. Stay on the main road, contouring along a forested slope. Continue straight at a major 4-way intersection and descend for about a mile along an aspen-covered hillside. Eventually you’ll switchback right and merge with the well traveled French Gulch Road (see the French Gulch and Pass ride). Turn right and descend to a junction. Turn left onto paved Wellington Road and follow it back to Breckenridge. Turn right on Main Street, take the first left onto Watson and ride back to your vehicle.
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