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High County Biking Tips

Due to Summit County’s high alpine location, careful planning is necessary for any bicycle ride. Know your limitations and be prepared to handle any situation. Keep in mind your physical condition and ability to adapt to high altitudes. Mountain weather can change rapidly. A warm, sunny morning can quickly turn into a torrential thunderstorm. Always carry adequate clothing for changing conditions and start early, especially when riding above timberline. Bring along plenty of water (mountain water is unsafe to drink), snacks and sunscreen. Wear a helmet. Backcountry mountain bikers need to also carry, at the very least, a spare tube, tire irons and a patch kit.

Because of the multitude of riding options and lack of trail signs, it is recommended that backcountry cyclists carry a map. Trails Illustrated maps, available locally, cover the entire county, and are fairly accurate.

Protect yourself during hunting season. If you’re riding backcountry trails from mid-September through October, wear bright colors and stick with popular trails that travel through open areas.



A word of caution when riding around Summit County’s mining regions: Do not explore the many open mine shafts, pits and unstable structures that dot the landscape. Not only are you probably trespassing, but you are also putting yourself in potentially dangerous situations.


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