Summit County Bike Trails: Flume Trails (video) |

Summit County Bike Trails: Flume Trails (video)

By The Numbers

Distance: 2.5 miles

Rating: Moderate – more difficult

Time: 2 hours

Elevation: 9,570 – 9,810 ft.

Type: Loop

The Highlands Trail System is a system of trails that runs between French Gulch and Gold Run Gulch. The system consists primarily of the Upper, Middle and Lower Flume Trails, all connected by Mike’s Trail. It’s a stellar early-season ride for beginners and veterans alike, with flowy singletrack and hardly any demanding climbs. Watch for standing water on Lower and Middle Flume, and be sure to check the mud meter at the road crossing before heading onto Upper Flume. It’s a bit sloppy right now. Maps of this trail system are available at the Breckenridge Welcome Center 203 S. Main St. at (970) 547-3155, located at Breckenridge Town Hall or at area bike shops.

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The three flumes run north-south and provide the rider with a fantastic flume and forest experience. To connect from the Lower Flume to the Middle Flume, head left off Highlands Drive. Continue along the Lower Flume until a sign for Mike’s Trail is seen. This trail is quite steep but will take you to the Middle Flume at the first intersection or to the Upper Flume at the second. By following the Middle Flume to the left (north), the trail will wind eastward into the Golden Horseshoe through the Highlands development. Eventually the Middle Flume will join up with the Upper Flume to provide a loop. There are also opportunities from the north end of the trails system to connect with Gold Run Road and other trails in the Golden Horseshoe.


The main access to the Highlands Trail System is the Recreation Center parking lot, which is located on the west side of Hwy 9 on Airport Road. Trail users have to ride back across Hwy 9 on Valley Brook Road/Highlands Drive until signs for the Lower Flume are seen on both the right and left sides of the street.

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