Summit County Bike Guide: Illinois Creek trail system
By the numbers
Distance: 0.5 miles and up, depending on connectors
Time: 15 minutes
Elevation: 9,200-9,260 feet (60 feet vertical gain)
Type: Connector, paved rec path
Season: June to October
SUMMIT COUNTY — Great for a quick trail ride from downtown Breckenridge, the Illinois Creek trail system provides a number of short loops, as well as a connection to the Blue River recpath that runs from Breckenridge to the base of Swan Mountain Road on the southern shore of Lake Dillon.
Located behind the Steven C. West Ice Arena, the Illinois Creek trail system is a short ride from Main Street and typically rideable June to October. It barely gains elevation from start to finish, making it a good warm up for anybody new to the area. It’s also a perfect location for riding with the family or young kids.
Know before you go
The Illinois Creek trail system is located on an area of land just behind the Stephen C. West Ice Arena, off Boreas Pass Road, on the east side of Highway 9. Maps of this trail system are available from the town of Breckenridge Open Space and Trails Department (970) 547-3155 located at Breckenridge Town Hall or at area bike shops.
The Illinois Creek Trail system provides a low-level ADA loop around the ice rink along the river bank, which now serves as an interpretive loop and historic park associated with the Rotary snowplow.
Although the Illinois Creek Trail system is relatively short, numerous loop opportunities are available, including links to the southern end of Blue River recpath and the eastern portions of Boreas Pass and Baldy Mountain. The Blue River recpath heads toward Lake Dillon, Frisco and Swan Mountain Road on a mellow downhill grade along the Blue River. Boreas Pass Road is a steep climb on paved road for about 2 miles to the start of an old dirt road, the remnants of an 1880s railroad line. This then connects with several singletrack routes, including Aspen Alley, which takes riders on a roller-coaster ride through aspens and dirt berms to the top of Illinois Creek.
Parking for the Illinois Creek Trail system is available at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena on Boreas Pass Road, found just south of downtown Breckenridge.
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