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