Cycling the Summit: Tiger Road
Tiger Road north of Breckenridge provides a number of trail riding opportunities, starting with the road itself. When there’s still snow and mud at higher elevations, Tiger Road is a great place to start.
The smooth dirt road provides scenic, easy cruising along the lower Swan River Valley. Higher up, the valley splits into three mountain drainages containing rugged Jeep roads that explore remote meadows and remains of historic mining communities.
Summit County’s renowned stretch of the Colorado Trail is also accessible from Tiger Road.
Know Before You Go:
A great early-season spin, Tiger Road is always dry enough to ride by April. This area is easily accessed from Breckenridge by riding the paved recpath north from town. Expect vehicle traffic on Tiger Road and some Jeeps in the upper drainages. Private property (including many fragile mining structures) is common in this area; respect all “No Trespassing” signs and view historic buildings from a distance. Spurs branching off the upper Jeep roads offer hours of additional exploring. To shorten the distances on the forks of the Swan rides, park just beyond the old Tiger Townsite, 2.3 miles farther up the road.
From I-70, drive through Frisco on Highway 9 and continue south toward Breckenridge for about 5 more miles. Turn left onto Tiger Road (by the Breckenridge Golf Course) and drive up 2.6 miles. Park on the left in a small parking area near a pond containing remains of a historic dredge boat (across the road from a log fence).
Begin riding up Tiger Road. A gradual climb over smooth terrain makes it easy to soak in the splendor of the nearby peaks. This area is in transition. There are some new homes, but also several older buildings remaining from when this valley was bustling with mining activity. Pass several side roads accessing private property. The road narrows, and at about 3.2 miles you reach a three-way junction for the North and South/Middle Forks of the Swan. This ride ends here. To continue farther, follow directions for the Three Forks of the Swan ride. Return as you came.
Additional trail information is also available in the free annual Explore Summit County Bike Guide.
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