Summit County Bike Trails: Miner’s Creek
Providing quick access to the backcountry near Frisco, Miner’s Creek Road winds past beaver ponds and a meandering creek as it climbs toward the Tenmile Range.
Know Before You Go: The part of the road described in this ride is usually dry enough to ride by early June, although the creek crossings will have high water. There’s some fun exploring on the several side roads in this area. Expect some jeep traffic.
Parking: From I-70, drive through Frisco on Hwy 9. Just south of town, turn right at the stoplight at Road #1004. Take the first right at the Miner’s Creek Road/recpath/Bill’s Ranch sign. Take an immediate left and drive up a narrow paved road a short distance. Park at the trailhead.
Description: Ride past the gateposts and up the recpath access road. Cross the recpath and get onto Miner’s Creek Road, a dirt road that swings left and climbs. You’ll pass a lot of spurs forking off this route but the main road remains obvious. The road curves to the right where a couple of spurs, blocked by rocks, fork left. Continue climbing on the main road, eventually crossing over Miner’s Creek. Climb briefly, passing a fork to the right. (This fork leads to some short loop opportunities that eventually descend toward Frisco and connect with the paved recpath.) Continue climbing along the main road as it meanders along the creek and through shady pine forest. Pass several campsites and, at about 1.3 miles, splash through a creek. Climb more and cross another creek at almost 2 miles. After another half mile or so of riding, the road curves right and starts climbing more steeply. A short distance up this hill, the main road forks left where an extremely rocky side road continues straight. This is the recommended turn-around point. The road does continue but gets incredibly steep and rocky before ending in about a mile at Miner’s Creek Trail, an extremely rugged path that is a very advanced bike ride and is better enjoyed by most as a hiking route.
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