Summit County Bike Guide: Blue River Recreational Path, Breck to Frisco (video)
SUMMIT COUNTY — Built, born and bred for riders of all ages and abilities, the Blue River Recreational Path parallels the Blue River, connecting Breckenridge and Frisco. This paved rec path is a popular route for cyclists all summer long. It affords stunning views of the entire Tenmile Range and is a favorite of bike-bound commuters, with just enough of an uphill grade on the Frisco to Breckenridge route for a mellow after-work cycle.
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Start at the Watson Street parking lot in Breckenridge and follow the rec path along the Blue River adjacent to commercial shops, the Summit County Justice Center and Kingdom Park. At French Street and North Park the trail passes through an underpass next to the river (watch out for water and gravel in these areas). Kingdom Park and a scenic reclaimed section of the Blue River are along the route. At the County Road 3 crossing the trail swings to the west and follows the abandoned Denver, South Park and Pacific narrow gauge railroad grade.
Near the Snowbridge Rest Stop, the trail swings back closer to Highway 9 and crosses several roads that have heavy truck traffic on and off the highway. Use caution when crossing these gravel roads. The trail then crosses a pedestrian bridge over the river. Please do not stop on the bridge, as it creates congestion on the path.
At the base of Gold Hill the trail is constructed on the top of an elevated, 1,800-foot retaining wall above the highway. A fenced horse meadow borders the west side of the trail north of Gold Hill. Watch the horses, but please do not venture out into the meadow.
As the trail approaches Farmer’s Korner it veers to the west behind Summit High School, where you will come to an intersection. Continue straight ahead on the Frisco Farmer’s Korner Path. The spur to the right will take you to the intersection with Highway 9 and Swan Mountain Road.
The Frisco Farmer’s Korner Trail climbs a series of small hills, then continues through the Bill’s Ranch area. There are several connections to the Town of Frisco off the rec path in this section, including Seventh and Second streets. Be aware that vehicles are allowed on the rec path through the Bill’s Ranch section, which also provides access for residents to their homes along the path.
In Breckenridge, drive on Watson Street one block west of Main Street. Parking is available on both the north and south sides of Watson Street. The trail begins at Watson Street on the west side of the Blue River and continues north. Other parking areas include the Kingdom Park/Breckenridge Recreation Center, Gold Hill Trailhead off Gateway Drive — County Road 950 — and the Dillon Reservoir Blue River Inlet Parking Area..
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