Breckenridge Bike Guide: Wellington Bike Park and luge laps (video)
By the numbers
Distance: 0.75 miles
Time: 10 minutes one way
Elevation: 9,600-9,700 feet (100 feet vertical gain)
Trail: Singletrack and bike park pump track with berms, rollers and jumps
Season: June to October
SUMMIT COUNTY — On the grind to French Gulch — home to a vast network of trails like Minnie Mine, V3 and B&B Trail — try turning left at the Breckenridge stables for a taste of pampered enduro riding at the Wellington Bike Park and nearby luge trail.
Found just southwest of the Wellington neighborhood, the recently constructed bike park is built in the remains of an old dredge. It’s home to a slew of pump tracks for riders of all ages and abilities, including a mini-berm track built for Strider bikes and two intermediate-rated tracks made with BMX, enduro and dirt-jumper bikes in mind.
But, there’s more: Just behind the track is the Wellington Trail, a whip-fast stretch of singletrack no more than 0.75 miles. It links the park to the fabled Moonstone Road, home to Class 3 climbing at the USA Pro Challenge road race. Masochists can continue up Moonstone for another 0.75 miles to connect with the trails above Carter Park — Barney Flow, Juniata and the Carter Park switchbacks — but, if you’d rather rally around on dirt, riding the Wellington Trail in reverse (when it’s known as Liesle’s Lunge) is just as rewarding. Plus, it puts you right back at the bike park for a few laps on the pump tracks.
All told this isn’t a long ride, but if you have an hour (or two) to kill before, after and in between work, it’s a satisfying way to get your fix — no Keystone Bike Park pass required.
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The bike park has two main options for advanced riders. The left-hand route at the top of the climbing track is longer and made for handling skills, with a rocky descent and several large berms. The early rollers are tough to clear — just not enough speed.
The right-hand track is made for jumping. There’s an early five-foot tabletop and a middle seven-foot gap jump, but the gap is mellow. Chances are you won’t fall into the abyss if you case it.
Wellington Trail is short, sweet and flowy, with brief climbs in both directions and a few tabletops for jumping. If you’re training for an enduro race (or any race), try five-minute intervals mixed with the pump track.
From Interstate 70, drive south on Highway 9 past Frisco and into Breckenridge. Turn left onto County Road 450 (the final light before the downtown roundabout) and drive a short distance. Bear right at the junction with Forest Hills Drive. Continue another 0.5 miles to the stop sign. Turn right onto Wellington Road and take an immediate left onto Stables Lane. The bike park is on the right past the stables at the end of the dirt road.
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