Summit County Bike Trails: Wheeler Trail |

Summit County Bike Trails: Wheeler Trail

Daily News staff report
Pro mountain biker Alex Grant of Salt Lake City, Utah, charges up Wheeler Pass during the Breck Epic earlier this month. Wheeler Trail offers a challenging route up and over the Ten Mile Range
Liam Doran / Special to the Daily |

This section of the historic Colorado National Recreation Trail contains a challenging ascent and descent over the Tenmile Range on Wheeler Pass. It is a challenging route that includes technical above-tree-line terrain. The Wheeler/Colorado Trail can also be combined with the popular Peaks Trail from Frisco to Breckenridge

Know Before You Go: Much of the Wheeler Trail is above timberline. Get an early start and be prepared for weather changes. When riding within the ski area, stay on routes designated for biking.

Parking: From I-70 drive south through 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 and ride through the paved lot below Beaver Run Resort. Turn right onto the dirt ski area access road that climbs Peak 9. It veers right, climbing under a quad chairlift and passing spur roads on the right. Stay on the main route, which switchbacks left and climbs under another quad chairlift. Continue climbing, staying under the quad and passing some spur roads on the left. Switchback upward, eventually reaching the day lodge at about 3.4 miles. Curve left before the lodge and continue climbing. The road gets rougher as it continues switchbacking upward. Ride above another chairlift and pass a spur on the right. Switchback above timberline, often over technical terrain. Intersect the Wheeler Trail, which is marked by a rock pile, at about 5.5 miles. Turn right onto the trail. (The road continues to Peak 10, and the left fork of the trail follows challenging terrain for several miles to the Spruce Creek and McCullough Gulch drainages.) Contour across the tundra, being careful to stay on the trail to avoid damaging the fragile vegetation. Expect to walk where the trail switchbacks steeply up to Wheeler Pass. The trail descends quickly toward Copper Mountain Resort. Radical drop-offs and stream crossings necessitate caution on this challenging but rideable descent. Also, anticipate uphill traffic and control your speed around blind corners. Pass Miner’s Creek Trail and descend to Ten Mile Creek and a bridge at about 9.5 miles. Turn right and follow a dirt road to the paved recpath. Descend along the recpath to Frisco and continue on it until reaching Breckenridge.

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