Summit County Bike Guide: Frisco Peninsula trail system (video)
By the numbers
Distance: 0.5-2.5 miles one way
Time: 10-30 minutes
Elevation: 9,100-9,300 feet (200 vertical feet)
Type: Out & back, dirt road
Season: Mid-May through October
Extensions: Frisco rec path, Lake Dillon rec path, Miner’s Creek Road
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One of the county’s most popular early-season mountain bike trail networks is the Frisco Peninsula. It’s typically the first to thaw out — even during a wet, unpredictable spring — making it a great area to warm up for the season, get used to the altitude or just enjoy a quick trail ride along the Lake Dillon coast.
The trail system is a blast no matter how hard you ride, but it can get busy. The only downside to heavy use in May and June: ruts and loose dirt. Be sure to hold a tight line on corners. If the entrance gate is closed that usually means the area is too wet to ride. The trails are generally dry and ready to ride by mid-May. With a number of exposed sections due to tree removal, expect to be out in the sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
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The Frisco Peninsula is home to nearly a dozen interconnected trails of varying lengths, from 0.5 on Olympia’s Link to about 2.5 miles on the Lakeshore Perimeter loop. That makes for near-endless route combinations, and every last trail leads back to one of the three parking lots. It’s almost impossible to get lost — perfect for kids and families.
The trails pass through stands of lodgepole pine and offer views of Lake Dillon and the Tenmile Range. Mountain bikes may only be used on trails marked with a mountain bike symbol. If there is no sign it is closed to that use.
The Frisco Peninsula is accessible from three primary locations, all off of Highway 9. From Interstate 70 or Breckenridge, take Highway 9 to Frisco. The peninsula sits right outside of the town of Frisco across the highway from the hospital. Riders can park at the Frisco Adventure center, the peninsula day use area or the U.S. Forest Service parking lot right off of Highway 9, found uphill from where the highway runs along Lake Dillon to Breckenridge.
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