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Summit County Bike Trails: Breckenridge’s Burro Trail

Daily News staff report
The Burro Trail is accessible from the Peak 9 base area as well as the Spruce Creek trailhead.
File Photo Mark Fox |

Starting from Breckenridge’s Peak 9 base area, the Burro Trail includes gradual but often rocky climbs along creeks and through dense forest to the Spruce Creek drainage. For a longer ride it can be combined with trails around Spruce Creek. Riders interested in just the downhill portion can run a shuttle from the Spruce Creek Trailhead.

Know Before You Go: This trail can be crowded with hikers and cyclists, especially on weekends. Expect people at blind corners and be prepared to ride slowly and yield frequently. Although it may look dry at the beginning, this shaded trail takes a while to lose winter snow and should be avoided in early summer. It is also best to wait a day after heavy rains. Although elevation gains are moderate, several very rocky sections require some technical riding ability.

Parking: From I-70 drive south to Breckenridge on Highway 9. Turn right at the stoplight on the north end of town onto North Park. Drive by the City Market store and park in one of the large lots located on the left side of Park Avenue.

Description: Follow Park Avenue south, turn right onto Village Road and climb a short distance. Turn left into and ride through the paved lot below Beaver Run Resort. Turn right onto the dirt ski area access road and climb under a chairlift. Almost immediately, turn left onto the Burro Trail (marked by a sign). Cross a stream and climb along the left side of it, following the main trail. Side trails forking left and right make navigation a bit confusing, but the main route remains fairly obvious. The trail eventually veers away from the stream, meanders through the forest, then climbs to and connects with an old road at about 2 miles. Turn left onto the road, ride over an extremely rocky section and ascend gradually along a hillside. Cross the Crystal Lakes 4×4 road (see the Spruce Creek Loop ride) at about 3 miles. Continue a short distance farther on the trail until merging with Spruce Creek Road. Return as you came or follow the directions for the Spruce Creek Loop ride to explore the Spruce Creek drainage.


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