The town of Breckenridge has a rich film history—it was the setting of the notorious sledding scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and was portrayed as the town of Aspen in Dumb and Dumber. It’s no surprise, then, that one of the town’s best-loved mountain bike trails is named for a classic thriller. Though there are some spooky old relics of Breckenridge’s mining days, the Blair Witch Trail is more fun than scary—in fact, any heavy breathing on this trail is more likely to be a result of the altitude (it’s tough to mash pedals at nearly 9,700 feet). The altitude, too, means that mountain bikers should plan an early start to avoid quick-moving weather, and bring along plenty of water and fuel.
What Makes It Great
Blair Witch is known as one of the best singletrack trails in the Breckenridge area, and for good reason: with great flow, banked turns, and some log features, it’s a challenging-yet-manageable way to hook up with other great local trails. Best ridden from early June through September, when the trails tend to be driest, Blair Witch begins in a thick stand of lodgepole pine trees, occasionally climbing steeply for (sometimes literally) breathtaking views of Horseshoe Gulch and the Swan River Valley.
From the trailhead, ride past the dredge pond, then continue on a rocky, winding singletrack for about a half-mile. There are also a couple of bridge crossings over the Swan River in this section. You’ll eventually pass through a gate and cross the Colorado Trail (which runs 486 miles from Denver to Durango) as you head up up to a flatter section of pine forest. Flowy singletrack meets back up with the CT, and riders can choose here whether to embark on the descent to the trailhead or explore the other trails in the area.
On its own, Blair Witch is just under 1.5 miles, but hooks up with several other excellent mountain bike trails for a longer ride, including Frey Gulch, the Hay Trail, the Horseshoe Gulch Trail, and numerous Keystone Trails. It’s also an access point for the Summit County section of the Colorado Trail—bikes are allowed on all sections that aren’t in designated wilderness areas.
Who is Going to Love It
Blair Witch is generally considered a beginner to intermediate trail. It’s got some steep climbs and a few technical elements, but most are manageable for even novice riders. Keep in mind that due to its popularity, Blair Witch has a fair amount of bike traffic on weekends, so newer riders may want to save it for a weekday excursion. Regardless of experience level, though, Blair Witch is guaranteed to provide gorgeous views—it’s a can’t-miss trail in this area.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Access to Blair Witch is off Tiger Road, near the Breckenridge Golf Course. From I-70, it’s about five miles to the turnoff from Highway 9 onto Tiger Road, where you’ll take a left and follow the road for about 2.5 miles to a small parking area on the left (look for a small pond and mining dredge, the remnants of Breckenridge’s gold rush-era history).
Blair Witch begins at the northeast end of the parking lot. Because the trail is located near the golf course and a residential area, it’s crucial to maintaining access that users are good neighbors—packing out garbage and staying on the trail are key.