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CT - Segment 7: Miners Creek Trail

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9.6 Miles 15.5 Kilometers


2,510' 765 m


-2,718' -828 m


12,476' 3,803 m


9,771' 2,978 m



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12,476' 3,803 m


9,771' 2,978 m



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A tough climb / hike-a-bike that rewards you with huge views.

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Warning: this is a difficult trail at extremely high altitude. Do not ride this if there is any chance of thunderstorms. Only the most fit riders can hope to actually ride much of this trail. For most people, this will be less of a bike ride and more of a high-alpine adventure with a fun and fast descent.

Start from the Peaks Trail with rocky and rooty terrain that is typical for this area. The grade is not too steep at this point, so if you can ride it, enjoy it now - it gets harder! As you get close to tree line, you'll encounter a short extremely steep hike-a-bike until you reach an alpine cirque and flat clearing. Enjoy a nice rest here before the next big climb out of the cirque. This stretch is pretty smooth and will be rideable by climbing experts with big lung capacity.

You are now at 12,000', and thankfully the trail is now nearly level for over a mile. It's mostly rideable with short sections of scree. Enjoy incredible views of Breckenridge and the Ten Mile Range.

A final set of switchbacks gets you to the saddle at 12,500' with big views of Copper Mountain, the Gore Range, and beyond.

From here you have two good choices:

1. Turn around and go back down the way you came. Going downhill, it's almost all rideable, though fairly technical.

2. Continue on this trail down the other side of the mountains until it ends at the Wheeler Trail. The trail is smoother and easier on this side. Follow Wheeler Trail to Copper Mountain and then cruise back on the Copper to Frisco Bike Path.


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I would recommend doing this ride by climbing Peak 9 road to the Wheeler Trail and connecting to the S end of the Miner's Trail. Descend it to Frisco then shuttle or ride the Peaks Trail back to Breckenridge. There is still some hike-a-bike right after you turn off the Wheeler Trail on your climb up to to the Peak 6 Ridge, but the descent is much more fun and lasts way longer this way. Peak 9 Road is a grind, but much more ride-able than ascending the lower Miners Trail from Frisco. Aug 17, 2015

Although this ride suggests starting from Gold Hill, another alternative other than Peak 9 (see below) is to start from Copper. From the Gold hill side, the trail is extremely rocky and has lots expose tree. From Copper, the trail doesn't appear any less steep but is more hard-packed and ridable in many sections. Like below, I would rather do a more technical descent than hike my bike up the east slope. You can do a loop starting from Frisco to Copper and ride down the Peaks trail to Frisco at the end (which is way more fun than riding Gold Hill). Took less than 5 hours to do the loop - but can easily be done in 4 if you don't stop to enjoy the scenery :) Aug 1, 2016

I did this from Wheeler Trail and would agree with the previous comments, it's much more fun this way. There's still a big chunk of hike a bike and the bit up on top of the ridge sucks, but the descent is pretty awesome going this way. This is probably the least fun section of the CT I've tried on my bike. It is not meant for mountain bikes the same way some of the other segments are. Sep 6, 2016

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