Summit County Bike Trails: Frey Gulch
Easily accessed from Keystone, this loop travels along the lower slopes of Tenderfoot Mountain and up aspen-lined Frey Gulch.
Know Before You Go: This early-season ride is usually dry by June and sometimes even in late May. Expect horse traffic from Keystone Stables. Always pull over and let them pass. Frey Gulch is full of colorful aspens during fall.
Parking: From I-70, follow Hwy 6 east to Keystone. Beyond the stoplight, turn left onto an unnamed road just past and across from Keystone Lodge. Park in the large lot on the left. If this lot is full, drive a mile further up the Hwy and use the skier parking lots off Gondola Road.
Description: Go right onto the Hwy and descend about a mile, passing through the stoplight. Go past the landfill road and turn right on a single track just before the bridge. Climb this trail until you reach the landfill gate. Cross the landfill road and climb the single track that leads back to the landfill road. Turn right onto the road and pedal uphill to another road. (Future expansion of the landfill may result in re-routes in this area.) Go right, passing a trail on the left (see the Oro Grande Trail ride) and then, a power station. Ride by a gate and climb into the trees. Descend, crossing a cattle guard and passing small side roads. At 3.2 miles, just beyond a creek, pass a narrow road on the left, then turn left onto a more main looking road at a 3-way junction. Pedal up aspen-filled Frey Gulch, passing several side roads and veering right at a 4-way junction. The road gets rougher as it travels deeper into the forest and across a creek. Turn right at a junction (the left forks climbs steeply up Tenderfoot Mountain) and climb a short distance. Beyond a creek the road fades out near some cabin remains. Return along the same route and turn left onto the main road at the bottom of the gulch. Climb, curving left through a logged area. Drop to and cross a tiny creek at 6.9 miles. Turn right immediately (the main road eventually splits into several deadend logging roads), ride by a dirt berm and onto a trail. Descend along the edge of a logged area, following the lower (righthand) trail into a forested drainage. Swing left, picking your way through some rocky sections and descend along a hillside. Switchback down to a wider trail and follow it through the trees to Sts. John paved road. Turn left and ride out to the Hwy. Turn right and descend to the parking lot.
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