Breckenridge Bike Guide: Peaks Trail (video)
The Peaks Trail is a rocky, rooty, adrenaline-pumping route that connects Breckenridge to Frisco. But, it’s much more than a thoroughfare: It’s one of the most popular technical trails in Summit, loved by bikers, hikers and trail runners alike. Much of the trail sits high above the Blue River valley, running along the Tenmile Range from Peak One to Peak 10. Thanks to the mellow recpath between Breckenridge and Frisco, the traditional out-and-back route on Peaks Trail can also be taken as a loop.
The loop described here begins in Breckenridge at the Gold Hill Trail cutoff and uses the paved recpath to return to town. For a longer route, riders can continue on the Peaks Trail all the way to Frisco. Out-and-back rides from Frisco are also a popular, but they’re much more demanding during the initial climb (about 7-8 miles). You can access the trail in Frisco from either the Second Street trailhead — which adds a fun yet grueling singletrack section to the route — or Miner’s Creek Road.
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Start at the Watson trailhead/South Gondola Lot (just south of the gondola in Breckenridge). Follow Park Avenue south to Ski Hill Road and turn right on the paved recpath. Follow Ski Hill Road until the recpath ends and follow the road as it passes the base of Peaks 8 and 7, then turns to dirt at the Peaks trailhead.
Turn left on the Peaks Trail and continue for 4.8 miles until you reach the Gold Hill/Colorado Trail junction. Turn right on the Gold Hill Trail and follow to the paved Blue River recpath (3 miles). Be ready for roots, rocks and several boardwalks that cross over marshy creekbeds and wetlands.
From here, turn right and travel south for 4 miles until the pathway returns to the gondola and the trailhead (13.8 miles total). For the longer route, remain on Peaks Trail and ride it downhill to Miner’s Creek Road. Turn right and follow the paved recpath into Frisco. If you’re returning to Breckenridge, turn right and again follow the recpath signs back to Breckenridge. This option adds 7 miles for a total of 20.8 miles.
You have several options for Peak Trail: park at the South Gondola Lot in Breckenridge, the Breckenridge Peaks trailhead (found adjacent to the Peak 7 base), or at the Second Street trailhead in Frisco. If you want to avoid the long recpath ride back to town, Summit Stage buses run throughout the day from Breckenridge station (between the north and south gondola lots) and the bus shelters along Main Street in Frisco.
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