Breckenridge is one of the top biking destinations in the US. It is full of beautiful and exciting trails for all types of bikes and all ages. In this blog, we will go over our favorite Breckenridge bike trails for Full Suspension Mountain Bikes, Hardtail Mountain Bikes, Gravel Bikes and Path/E-Bikes, as well as some good spots to take the kiddos for a fun ride.
FULL SUSPENSION MOUNTAIN BIKE
Downhill at Breckenridge Ski Resort – Enjoy downhill riding at Breckenridge Ski Resort. You can ride the Breck Connect Gondola for free in the summer, but if you are looking to bring your mountain bike you will need to buy a lift ticket. We recommend purchasing them in advance at Breckenridge.com. Please note that due to construction there will be no beginner-level trail access from the resort this summer, and E-bikes are not permitted on the trails or gondola.
Bakers Tank – Rated as moderately challenging, Bakers Tank is a 5.1 mile trail with 882 feet of elevation gain in an out-and-back trail. The trail leads up through the forest to Baker’s Tank, a large tank that was once used to store water on steam locomotives, and yields views of the Tenmile Range and Quandary Peak. The trail can also be ridden as a loop by starting at the winter trailhead at Boreas Pass Road. Dogs are allowed off-leash in some areas.
Sidedoor/Backdoor – This 3-mile trail is rated as moderate to advanced. It is about a 30-minute ride with a grueling up-hill mile, but the flowy ride down the Sidedoor trail makes the uphill worth it. On the downhill, riders get to enjoy cool berms, small drops, hits, step-ups and jumps with a great fast straightaway at the end. Elevation begins at 10,264 feet with a 546 vertical foot gain. The trail is open late June to September, and parking can be found at the B&B Trailhead off French Gulch Rd. The hips and fast straightaway make this a favorite trail for locals and visitors alike.
Summit Daily has detailed instructions on how to access this trail.
B-Line – This Advanced to Expert-level trail is about ¾ mile long and only takes about 5 minutes to run but is full of medium-to-large features including bridges, jumps and drops. The trail begins with three bridges that range from small to large, with one being a skinny rail bridge. Everything is marked with symbols akin to ski runs (blue for intermediate etc.) Three options will lead you to one of two choices: a berm turn into meandering rail bridges leading to additional berms on flatter ground or a gap jump over the first berm into a set of graduated tabletop jumps set on steeper terrain.
Continue riding as the trail develops into more rail bridges, including a gap jump off rails not much wider than your wheels. The grand finale is a jump and drop before a killer descent through big berms to the trail connecting to Carter Park. You can then merge right onto Moonstone trail and head uphill for another lap.
Check out a video of the B-line trail by pro rider Kevin Soller!
HARDTAIL MOUNTAIN BIKE
Aspen Alley – Aspen Alley is a beautiful 1.3-mile one way ride taking about 15 minutes. Rated as moderate to advanced, the trail offers an exciting 509 vertical foot drop through flowing singletrack. You will experience a real “rollercoaster” ride, as you ride through a stunning mix of pine trees and aspen groves. A series of trail improvements finished in 2015, including mellow berms and natural-rock pavers on flood-prone sections.
Open from mid-June to September, this trail is especially beautiful in the fall, as the aspens glow in a golden sea. The trail also hosts a great view of Breckenridge ski resort. To access this trail, park at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena and take the free Boreas Pass loop bus. Ride the bus for 15 minutes until it reaches the Bluffs Condos stop. Ride up Boreas Pass Road for about 1 mile to the trailhead. The trail ends about ¼ mile east of the ice arena.
B&B South Loop– B&B South Loop covers 11 miles and includes 21 trails. This is considered an intermediate ride and includes several exciting downhills and descents throughout the loop. This ride combines pieces from the Nightmare on Baldy, Sally Barber Road, and Barney Ford rides, leveling out into a flowing ride at the end. This trail can only be ridden in one direction.
Galena Ditch–With narrow and technical elements, Galena Ditch Trail is a 4-mile trail for more advanced riders. The climb begins from the Dredge parking lot on Tiger Road and up Summit Gulch Road. Good balance is required at several spots, as the trail can turn narrow and steep. This area also represents an important site historically, as Galena Ditch was used during Breckenridge’s mining times to operate a hydraulic elevator as an aid for gold mining.
Flume Trail – Flume Trail is a 6.5 mile trail of made of three sections: Lower Flume, Middle Flume, and Upper Flume. This trail system is also known as The Highlands trail system, but the locals refer to it as Flume Trails. This loop is a series singletrack switchbacks and ridges between French Gulch and Gold Run Gulch, with some short and steep connectors like Mike’s Trail and Tom’s Baby. The trails run north to south and provide a wonderful flume and forest experience. A flume is the path that miners carved into the neighboring hillsides by hand during the 1800’s heyday of Breckenridge. There are over 12 trails in Breckenridge that follow similar paths from abandoned mines.
E-BIKE AND PATH/COMFORT
Blue River Recreational Path – The Blue River Recreational path is 9.3 miles long and can take you all the way from Breckenridge to Frisco and back. This easy to moderate trail is enjoyable for the whole family and all skill levels, making it an ideal place to try out your new E-bike, path bike or comfort bike. The full 9 miles could take 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on your pace and bike of choice. This recreational path is open from late-April or May to October with connectors to Ten Mile Canyon recreational path (to Copper,) the Lake Dillon scenic rec path, Miners Creek Road, Gold Hill Trail and Swan Mountain recreational path.
Wellington Bike Park – the Wellington Bike Park includes a large pump track, three flow trails, strider track, and a skills area with jump features, making it a fun hangout for the whole family. Bring snacks and plenty of water to enjoy at the shaded picnic table, while the kids wear themselves out on the pump track, or grab your bike and join in on the fun. The park also connects to the Wellington Trail, leading to a network of biking opportunities to continue exploring.
River Trail – Breckenridge’s River Trail is a great spot if your kids are ready for a longer mountain biking trail. This dirt single-track follows the paved trail along the upper section of the Blue River. It has limited elevation gain, so the young ones can practice their skills without worrying about the uphill/downhill part just yet. To access it, you can park at the Breckenridge Recreation Center and find the trail next to the Skate Park. This is an out-and-back trail, so ride as far as the family can handle. The paved rec path also follows the trail, providing an easier and faster option to take on the way back.
Breckenridge offers a plethora of amazing bike trails with stunning views that are available during the summer and fall months (some in late spring even.) Apps like All Trails or TrailLink will help you find the trails closest to you that are best for you and your group. There can be quite a bit of traffic on some of the more popular trails during the summer, including foot and horse traffic, so please be considerate when you ride. Book online or stop by our North Park Ave. location and pick up your bike of choice to get started! We can’t wait to see you on the trails, no matter where you choose to ride.
Written by Tiffany Weber, Contributing Member of the Sales and Marketing Team
Edited by Rosa Canales, Marketing Specialist