Summit County is brimming with outstanding mountain biking trails. Offering stunning views of ridge lines and wildlife, the surrounding mountains are a mountain biker’s dream. Ski resorts convert into mountain biking parks during their off-season, and many even offer rides to the top of a variety of terrain on the lifts. Home to a variety of terrain suitable for all ages and experience levels, Summit County has a trail for everyone. Here are a few of our favorites:
The Keystone Gulch Road #175 is a trail located in the White River National Forest near Keystone. Five miles long with gradual climbs, this trail provides cyclists with access to the Ruby and Santiago chairlifts, as well as the old Erickson Mine.
The Wilder Gulch Trail is a moderate trail located in the White River National Forest near Frisco. Take the paved Vail Pass Recreation Trail to access Wilder Gulch. In the spring and summer months, beautiful wildflowers and babbling streams dot the landscape along the trail. At the end of the trail, cyclists can choose to take Ptarmigan Pass for a longer ride and a view of the Sawatch and Gore ranges.
The Peaks Trail is a quintessential mountain biking experience connecting the towns of Frisco and Breckenridge. This is a technical trail which makes it challenging for all levels, but it isn't so steep that it can't be enjoyed by anyone wanting a beautiful adventure. The trail is described as having a good flow and lines with varying difficulty. It is loved by locals and visitors alike with spectacular views of the ten-mile range, lodgepole pine forest, and abundant wildlife.
Be sure to follow safety precautions when you take to the trail. Make sure that your bike is in good working order. Wear a properly fitted helmet and secure your shoelaces. Consider protective gloves and sunglasses to shield yourself from debris and branches. Carry water, and consider taking a water purifying method in case you are delayed for any reason. Pack a map and be sure that someone knows where you and your group are headed. Don’t take unnecessary risks—it could be awhile before aid can reach you out on the trail. Many of these trails are used by hikers, their dogs, and horseback riders, so be sure to share the road. When you see pedestrians, call out ahead to alert them and avoid collisions. Summit County is bear country, so familiarize yourself with the basics of bear safety.
The opportunities for outdoor recreation like mountain biking abound here in Summit County which provides a constant stream of visitors year round. Owning a second home, or making the area home can be a fantastic and rewarding experience. Contact us today to explore our most current listing and find the right property for you.
By Coldwell Banker