Summit County Bike Trails: Frisco to Breckenridge
Following along sections of the Blue River between the Town of Breckenridge and Frisco, this paved recreation trail is a popular route for cyclists and inline skaters.
Know Before You Go: There may be construction in areas along this recpath – use caution in these areas. This trail is one of the most heavily used sections of the Summit County Recreational Pathway System, especially during the summer weekends and holidays. Anticipate a large number of other bikers, inline skaters, and hikers on this popular trail. Expect to encounter people stopped along the trail. The trail crosses several roads and driveways that have vehicular and large truck traffic. Use caution when crossing these areas.
Parking: In Breckenridge drive on Watson Street one block west of Main Street. Parking is available on both the north and south side of Watson Street. The trail begins at Watson Street on the west side of the Blue River and continues north. Other parking areas include the Kingdom Park/Breckenridge Recreation Center, Gold Hill Trailhead off Gateway Drive – County Road 950 – and the Dillon Reservoir Blue River Inlet Parking Area.
Description: Start at the Watson Street parking lot in Breckenridge and follow the recpath along the Blue River adjacent to commercial shops, the Summit County Justice Center and Kingdom Park. At French Street and North Park the trail passes through underpasses next to the river (watch out for water and gravel in these areas). Kingdom Park and a scenic reclaimed section of the Blue River are along the route. At the County Road 3 crossing the trail swings to the west and follows along the abandoned Denver, South Park and Pacific narrow guage railroad grade. Near the Snowbridge Rest Stop, the trail swings back closer to Hwy 9 and crosses several roads that have heavy truck traffic on and off the Hwy. Use caution when crossing these gravel roads. The trail then crosses a pedestrian bridge over the river. Please do not stop on the bridge, as it creates congestion on the path. At the base of Gold Hill the trail is constructed on the top of an 1,800’ elevated retaining wall above the Hwy. A fenced horse meadow borders the west side of the trail north of Gold Hill. Watch the horses, but please do not venture out onto the meadow. As the trail approaches Farmer’s Korner it veers to the west behind Summit High School where you will come to an intersection. Continue straight ahead on the Frisco Farmer’s Korner Path. The spur to the right will take you to the intersection with Hwy 9 and Swan Mountain Road. The Frisco Farmer’s Korner Trail climbs a series of small hills, then continues through the Bill’s Ranch area, which is defined by posts located on the path, to the West Frisco Park n’ Ride. There are several connections to the town of Frisco off the recpath in this section, including 7th and 2nd streets. Be aware that motor vehicles are allowed on the recpath through the Bill’s Ranch section, which provides access for residents to their homes along the recpath.
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