The historic buildings throughout Breckenridge are reminders of its history of mining and the Wild West, but these days it’s all about getting closer to nature. Breck in the summer is an outdoor enthusiast's dream destination, and mountain biking is a great way to get out and explore many of the town’s trails. With the continuous growth and expansions of the trail systems, there are miles and miles of maintained trails for every level mountain biker.
What Makes It Great
The Shock Hill Trail is just one of the family-friendly trails to choose from in Breck. It’s easy to find the trailhead at the Breckenridge Nordic Ski Center off Ski Hill Road, and the singletrack trail follows a Nordic skiing trail through the forest.
Starting at the ski center, ride northeast on the Penn Lode trail to an intersection with Shock Hill and Troll Forest. Turn right to head across the Nordic skier bridge, continuing counterclockwise around the center.
After 0.75 miles down the trail, Shock Hill intersects with the Pence Miller Trail. Keep left and after another 0.25 miles, the trail splits again with the option to either go uphill or downhill. The uphill takes you to a beautiful view of the Cucumber Preserve and the downhill goes over a few rollers down to a historic cabin. Just south of the cabin, the two trails rejoin.
Shock Hills then winds its way around and ends just 0.25 miles from the last junction at another three-way junction with the Gold Digger and Toad Alley Trails. Gold Digger takes you back to the Nordic center and Toad Alley Trail goes on to the Peaks Trail.
This trail is a great way to get out with kids and to connect up with other trails in the area.
Who is Going to Love It
This trail is loved by both families and more serious riders. Families with kids love it when they are looking for easier, shorter introduction to biking. The more seasoned riders love it for the views and the ability to link-up to more trails connecting for longer rides.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Begin the ride from the Breckenridge Nordic Center off Ski Hill Road.