Need some mountain excitement zooming down the snowless slopes? Take your vacation to another outdoorsy level and mountain bike around Summit County. Peaks Trail is ranked number 1 in the Silverthorne and Frisco Area. A great downhill is Barney Ford Trail with minimal climbing and plenty of fun! Keystone Gulch has beautiful scenery and an intermediate grade making this a great trip for those not completely acclimated to the higher altitude.
Peaks Trail is one of the most popular biking trails in Summit County. Start from Frisco or Breckenridge for this enjoyable trail for just about any outdoorsy individual. The trailhead from Frisco is located at the end of 2nd Ave, where usually several cars will be parked. Some sections around Frisco are technical and rooty for those who want a challenge. If you decide to start your adventure from Breckenridge, all you have to do is take the gondola up to peak 7 and ride the trail all the way to Frisco with some technical downhill portions. To get back to Breckenridge ride your bike on the paved path back or take the bus back to Breckenridge Transfer Station.
A nice option is for those who aren’t too interested in a strenuous climb is Barney Ford Trail off of Baldy Road, offering a fun downhill with freeride elements such as jumps and wooden features. You can take the free bus up Boreas Pass to Moonstone Road then hit the trails through the woods ending with several switchbacks landing in Carter Park just several blocks from Main Street.
Another great intermediate mountain biking trip is Keystone Gulch to Soda Creek Loop. This awesome singletrack descent allows for you to get all the climbing over with right at the start. Park at the Keystone Gulch Trailhead and begin biking alongside the stream with many beaver dams and beautiful valley scenery with a moderate grade. This pleasurable 15.5 mile ride will be the perfect adventure with a continuous climb at a high elevation.
Take your Summit County vacation to the next level and rent or bring your mountain bike to get the full summer experience similar to many of the locals daily activities. Ask any local bike shop their personal favorite trail and tackle the great Colorado outdoors mountain biking in Summit County. Don’t let Peak 1 Express be your only resource to Summit County; feel free to ask any local what they would recommend!