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Peaks Trail - Mountain Biking

Difficulty
4 stars
The trail is considered moderate. The hills are not super steep, and there are some rooty and rocky sections, but nothing too bad. However, caution needs to be advised because the riding starts at just over 9,000 feet and tops out at 10,166 feet.
Time To Complete
3.0 hours
Distance
15.0 miles
The trail is about eight miles one-way, though most people do it as an 15.5-mile out and back with about 1,700 feet of elevation gain. It's also possible to loop it via a paved bike path.
Seasonality
Spring,
Summer,
Fall
Land Website
Peaks Trail - MTB Project
Dog Friendly
Yes
Destination Highlights
Classic destination,
Most of a day,
Good for beginners,
Good for experts

Intro

The Peaks trail, Breck's crown jewel of singletrack, is the perfect intro to Summit County mountain biking, and has something that just about every rider will love. The trail follows an 1800s-era mining path, and parts of the ride run parallel to an old aqueduct used by prospectors to funnel water down the mountain to sift tailings for silver and gold.

Most people ride from Frisco to Breckenridge to get the vast majority of climbing out of the way in the beginning, and the downhill back into Frisco is long, fast, and certain to induce perma-grin.

What Makes It Great

Peaks is incredibly popular, and for very good reason. This flowy, smile-inducing trail runs along the Tenmile Range from Peak One to Peak 10, with good views of Peaks 1, 2, 4, and 7. It snakes through fragrant pine forests, wildflower-covered meadows, shady tunnels of aspen groves, and proudly showcases inspiring big-mountain views. Moderate climbing keeps the heart pumping and fast, and swoopy downhills that seem to last forever awaken the senses.

If you ride from Breckenridge to Frisco, it’s mostly downhill for a smooth and fast cruise, yet features enough rooty sections and moderate rock gardens to hold the attention of even the most skilled riders. Don’t worry about losing the trail on this one—the whole route is well-marked. After about three miles, the Gold Hill trail is on the right, and Miners Creek Trail just past that on the right. Both are good out-and-backs if looking to add some mileage.

Starting in Frisco, after about a mile, riders pass the picturesque Rainbow Lake in Frisco, a place tailor-made for picnics and selfies. After that, dive into the woods where there are plenty of roots—watch out because it is often wet in here. Mid-way is the high point of the ride. Look for the bench with wide-open views to the east, which also happens to be a great place to stop and rest. Into the woods and over some bridges, and into Breckenridge you go. Hiking picks up near Breck, so keep an open eye and check that speed.

The combination of nature, views, good riding and history makes the Peaks trail an absolute classic.

Who is Going to Love It

This ride is perfect for just about anyone. True beginners may want to walk a section or two, but the majority of the trail is suitable for most. It’s also popular with hikers, families and trail runners. It also happens to be a great cross-country skiing route in the winter, too.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

If starting in Breckenridge, from I-70 take Exit 203, and head south for 10 miles on HWY 9. At the light in Breck, make a right on Ski Hill Road towards Ski Area Peak 7. Follow Ski HIll Road around, past Grand Lodge. The trailhead will be on your left.

From Frisco, take Exit 201 off of I-70, and head east for about 0.6 miles to 2nd Avenue and turn right. Parking is at the end of 2nd Avenue. Cross the bike path to the trailhead.