Summit County Bike Trails: The Frisco Peninsula Trail System (video)
Special to the Daily
SUMMIT COUNTY — One of the county’s most popular early-season mountain bike trail networks is the Frisco Peninsula.
For many Summit County residents the peninsula trail system is the first place to go when the snow melts in the spring. Typically the first to thaw out — even during a wet, unpredictable spring like we had this May — it’s a great place to warm up for the season, get used to the altitude or just enjoy a trail quick trail ride next to Lake Dillon at any time during the summer.
The peninsula recently hosted the 29th running of the Frisco Roundup, an annual mountain bike race that drew nearly 250 riders from Summit, Vail, Salida and the Front Range. Sure, the trails aren’t bone-crushing, but if enthusiasm for the Roundup is any indication, the trail system is a blast no matter how hard you ride. The only downside to heavy use in May and June: ruts and loose dirt. Be sure to hold a tight line on corners. The network includes a number of short interconnected trails, so get out there and explore.
Know before you go
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. Swimming is not allowed in Lake Dillon.
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 on the way to Breckenridge. Riders can park at the Frisco Adventure center, the peninsula day use area or the parking lot right off of Highway 9 just uphill from where the highway runs along Lake Dillon toward Breckenridge.
The trails pass through stands of lodgepole pie 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.
Additional trail information is also available in the free annual Explore Summit County Bike Guide or our Explore Summit biking page: http://bit.ly/SummitCountyBiking.
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