Biking in Breckenridge

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Named one of the top 10 great places to take the kids on a bike ride by USA Today, the town of Breckenridge is continually expanding and improving its recreational territory, opening up miles of dirt roads and trails to mountain bikers as well as miles of paved recreation paths, connecting the mountain town with seemingly endless Rocky Mountain scenery. Breckenridge is an up-and-coming "fat tire" destination boasting countless miles of trails for all abilities, world-class mountain biking events and mountain bike clinics throughout the summer. The Town of Breckenridge is honored to be designated a silver level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Breckenridge is proud of this designation and is working to improve the town’s bicycling facilities and educate bicyclists and motorists regarding bicycling rules and responsibilities.

There are many excellent biking trails in Breckenridge including a section of The Colorado Trail, Colorado's premier long distance trail that stretches almost 500 miles from Denver to Durango. In Summit County, the section of this trail explores the Swan River Valley. Also enjoy the Blue River paved bike path that connects to miles of county recreation arteries.

Download the Breckenridge Summer Trails Map here. View the trail conditions here. Each trail on the Breckenridge Summer Trails Map leaves from a trailhead in town. Directions to these trailheads are below.

Note: The following directions begin from the corner of Main Street and Ski Hill Road/Lincoln Avenue. For route maps within the Town of Breckenridge, click the respective links for the black and white option or the color option.

Biking Trailheads

Watson Trailhead
Go west on Ski Hill Road for about 750 feet then turn right on Park Avenue. Continue for 900 feet and then turn right on Watson Avenue, then immediately right into the skier parking lot. The Watson Trailhead is located on the southwest end of the lot.

Riverwalk Trailhead
Go West on Ski Hill Road to Park Avenue and then turn left. Stay on Park Avenue for 450 feet. Turn left at the intersection with Four O'clock Road. The trailhead is located in the northeast corner of the parking lot accessing the Riverwalk Center (large white tent in the summer).

Snowflake Trailhead
Go west on Ski Hill Road to Park Avenue and then turn left. Stay on Park Avenue for 450 feet. Turn Right on Four O'clock Road. Continue uphill on Four O'clock Road for .3 miles. At the intersection of Four O'clock Road and King's Crown Road, turn left and the trailhead is located immediately on the right next to the Snowflake Lift parking areas.

Illinois Creek Trailhead
Go south on Main Street for .6 miles to Boreas Pass Road (last stoplight). Turn left on Boreas Pass Road and travel for 1,400 feet. Take a right into the second entrance of the parking lot next to the Stephen C. West Ice Arena (which can be seen on the right). The trailhead is located in the southeastern corner of the parking lot.

Carter Park Trailhead
Go east on Lincoln Avenue for 1,000 feet until it intersects with High Street and continue until the road dead ends at Carter Park. The trail is located at the eastern end of the Carter Park parking lot.

Iowa Hill Trailhead
Go west on Ski Hill Road to Park Avenue. Turn Right. Stay on Park Avenue for .6 miles until a traffic light at Airport Road. Turn Left. Continue past the intersection with Valley Brook Road (stop sign). After 1500 feet, look for the trailhead sign on your left. From the sign, follow the dirt road to the north (right) to a small parking area at the end.

Valley Brook Trailhead
Go west on Ski Hill Road to Park Avenue. Turn Right. Stay on Park Avenue for .6 miles until a traffic light at Airport Road. Turn Left. At the intersection with Valley Brook Road (stop sign), turn right. Stay on Valley Brook Road for 550 feet. You will find the trailhead on your left just past the Breckenridge Police Station.

Mountain Biking is an activity that is easy and can be extremely rewarding but like any adventure requires planning and preparation. Below are some simple tips and ideas to help make your adventure even more invigorating and enjoyable.

Click here for a video highlighting how to get around Breckenridge on bike safely.

Gear up

Always wear a helmet and any other appropriate safety equipment for the riding conditions.

Never ride beyond your abilities

There is no shame in walking sections of the trail you don't feel confident enough to ride, and don't let anybody tell you otherwise.

Use appropriate equipment for the terrain

Some bikes are better for different situations. Just because you can see tire tracks, doesn't mean you can ride it with your bike.

Keep your speed in check

Always keep your speed at a level that will allow you to adjust to any unforeseen obstacles or changes in trail conditions.

Know the trail

Never push the limits on a trail you are not familiar with. You need to get to know the trail you are riding at slower speeds before you can ride it like the trails you're used to.

Slow down for blind corners

You never know what or who is around a corner when you can't see past it.

Stop and look

Stop and look at sections of the trail that look like they may pose a challenge before you ride them.

Backcountry trails are most vulnerable to damage when they are wet

Erosion of wet trails due to mountain biking causes the most damage to trails. Commit to turning back if you encounter excessively muddy or snowy conditions.

Plan ahead

Always leave information with a friend before going out. Arrange to call that person by a certain time after the hike. That way if there is a problem help can be summoned.

Be courteous

Many trails in Breckenridge are multi-use trails and shared by hikers, bikers and even horseback riders. Bikers must yield to hikers and horseback riders. Announce yourself when approaching. A little friendliness can go a long way!

Breckenridge Bike Clinics

Mountain bike clinics offer good fun, great trails and spirited riding partners throughout the summer in Breckenridge. Bike clinics provide skills and bike maintenance tips, instructional guided rides, training and nutrition. Various clinics are offered throughout the summer, which are geared towards amateurs wanting to get a taste of the sport to advanced fat-tire enthusiasts looking for a challenge.

Ripstoke Mountain Bike School and Colorado Bike and Ski Tours offer clinics throughout the summer. Colorado Bike and Ski Tours also offer women specific bike weekends and clinics as does Babes in the Backcountry.

See the video from the new V3 trail.

Named one of the top 10 great places to take the kids on a bike ride by USA Today, the town of Breckenridge is continually expanding and improving its recreational territory, opening up miles of dirt roads and trails to mountain bikers as well as miles of paved recreation paths, connecting the mountain town with seemingly endless Rocky Mountain scenery.

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