Summit County Bike Guide: Blair Witch trail (drone video)
By the numbers
Distance: 1.4 miles one way
Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Elevation: 9,639-9,763 feet (173 vertical feet)
Season: Early June to September
Extensions: Colorado Trail, Horseshoe Gulch Trail, Hay Trail
Found off Tiger Road in Breckenridge, the Blair Witch trail is one of several routes spiderwebbed across the thickly wooded hillsides on both sides of the road. The road itself weaves past secluded neighborhoods and the Breckenridge Golf Club before turning to dirt, where it opens up to three mountain drainages teeming with Jeep roads and alpine meadows. Like dozens of bike trails in Breck, Blair Witch passes by abandonded dredges and other relics of the town’s mining past — spooky indeed. Early on it also crosses paths with the fabled Summit County stretch of the Colorado Trail. The scenery is impeccable, with views of the lower Swan River Valley near the trailhead before leading to the serene, peaceful pine corridors of Horseshoe Gulch.
Sadly, no one has yet come across the titular witch, but on a stunning ride like this, it’s easy to overlook everything except for the scenery and singletrack.
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The out-and-back loop takes riders 3.3 miles through Horseshoe Gulch. From the Tiger Dredge Trailhead on Tiger Road, pump past the pond and over dredge rock for about 0.5 miles along a windy, looping trail. The early section crosses two foot bridges over the Swan River before heading slightly uphill to a brown metal gate.
From the gate, continue straight as it crosses the Colorado Trail and pump another 1 mile to a flat intersection buttressed by spurs. Take the left fork leading uphill. For the next 1.5 miles you’ll be in the heart of Blair Witch as it twists and weaves through pine forests littered with deadfall.
The loopy singletrack eventually reconnects with the Colorado Trail at a “T” intersection. From there, turn left and descend for about 1 mile until reaching a river crossing. Bear right shortly after the bridge and return to home base at the trailhead.
From I-70, drive through Frisco on Highway 9 and continue south toward Breckenridge for about 5 miles. Turn left onto Tiger Road (by the Breckenridge Golf Course) and drive east 2.5 miles. Shortly before the road turns to dirt, take a left into the Horsehoe Gulch/Tiger Dredge parking lot on the shore of a pond containing the remains of a historic dredge boat (across the road from a log fence).
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