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Rank: #3 in Breckenridge
#45 in Colorado
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“A looped ride from town utilizing some of the finest area trails.”
Don Leinweber on Jun 9, 2014
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13.7 Miles 90% Singletrack 1,314’ Ascent -1,302’ Descent 9,487’ Low 10,332’ High
Restrictions
Barney Flow trail is downhill only. If riding this loop CCW, utilize Moonstone Trail.
Overview
This is a looped ride that can be ridden from town and offers some of the best new and old singletrack Breckenridge has to offer. This ride can be lengthened by incorporating any of a myriad of adjacent trails into the loop. The loop is excellent CW or CCW.
Need To Know
Parking in Breckenridge can be an issue. On street parking through Town as well as in Town lots is limited to three hours. The South Gondola Lot off of Watson Ave. between Park Ave. and Main St. is a good choice for all day, free, summer parking (the trail description and GPS track begins and ends at this lot).

Parking at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena off of Boreas Pass Road on the south end of Town is also a good option. Park in the eastern end of the lot, near the pump track. From "The Steve" cross Boreas Pass Road to Sunbeam Drive to access the trail loop.
Description
From Town, go north to Summit County Road (SCR) 450, Huron Road (7-Eleven on the corner). Climb SCR 450 for 1/4 mile past the recycling center and Summit County Road facility to the Lower Flume Trail on the north side of SCR 450 (there's a post).

Follow the Lower Flume Trail for 1.2 miles. The trail appears to end at the intersection of Highlands Dr. and Barney Ford Dr. but continues about 400 feet to the north on the right side of the Highlands Dr. Turn right onto the singletrack and another immediate right onto Mike's Trail.

Mike's climbs steeply to the Middle Flume Trail. Turn left and follow the Middle Flume for 2 miles to the Upper Flume Trail. Turn right onto the Upper Flume and after a short distance left onto Slalom Singletrack.

Climb Slalom Singletrack to a wooden chicane at Gold Run Road. Cross the road, pass through another wooden chicane onto the Fall Classic Trail. Fall Classic contours, while the Western Sky Trail climbs though the trees on the right.

Follow Fall Classic Trail until passing through another wooden chicane and take a right (straight) onto the unsigned Extension Mill Road (GH 25). Follow GH 25 for about 1/2 mile passing three intersections on the left and crossing below power lines. The trail will level off before intersecting Prospect Gulch Road (GH 38), again unsigned.

GH 38 has recently been regraded for upcoming beetle-kill mitigating, logging efforts. Turn left onto GH 38 crossing a tailings area and after 1/4 miles an intersection with Prospect Trail (GH 41). There's a post at this junction.

Turn right onto Prospect Trail and continue for 1/2 mile to the Side Door Trail. Turn left onto Side Door and continue for 0.4 miles to a 3-way intersection where Side Door climbs left. Continue straight (right) across golden colored mine tailings and turn left ascending Minnie Mine Trail at another 3-way junction.

Minnie Mine contours then begins to descend at mine wreckage to a trailhead parking area. Just before the trailhead, turn right onto the X10U8 trail. Descend to French Gulch Road. Cross French Gulch Road, pass through the B&B trailhead parking lot and climb the B&B Trail for 1/4 mile to the V3 Trail.

Turn right onto V3 and climb to the Barney Ford Trail. Turn right and descend Barney Ford to Moonstone Rd. Cross Moonstone Rd. and begin the Moonstone Trail. Turn right after about 100 feet onto the brand new Barney Flow Trail. Descend Barney Flow back to Moonstone Trail. Turn right on Moonstone and descend to a flume which is the Hermit Placer Trail.

Turn left onto the Hermit Placer Trail (above Carter Park) and ride south until the trail switches back onto Jack’s Cruel Joke Trail. Descend Jack’s to Sunbeam Drive. Cross the road to Sunbeam Trail. Take Sunbeam Trail to Carter Park and from Carter Park return to Town.

Alternatives and extensions to this loop are abundant. The Upper Flume can be directly accessed from the start of Lower Flume, or Mike's and followed north to Slalom Singletrack.

The Western Sky Trail can be ridden from the top of Slalom SingleTrack. At the second road intersection turn left on the pavement, right onto the first dirt road (passing under power lines), then left at the next fork, GH 38.

Instead of descending Barney Flow, take a left onto the freeride oriented B-Line Trail, climb back up Moonstone and descend Barney Flow or simply descend Moonstone to Hermit Placer.

There are three alternative descents from Hermit Placer: Carter Park Switchbacks, Bonanza and Hermit Placer. Bonanza and Hermit Placer both descend to Pine St. There are trails below each of these descending to Town near High Street.

For more mileage climb Barney Ford and either go right to Juniata Trail or take Sallie Barber Road to Nightmare on Baldy.

Utilize B&B Trail and/or Turk's Trail in lieu of X10U8 if riding CCW.
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