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CT - Segment 7: Miners Creek Trail

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9.6 Miles 15.4 Kilometers


2,488' 758 m


-2,697' -822 m



Avg Grade (6°)


Max Grade (19°)

12,471' 3,801 m


9,774' 2,979 m


Shared By Nick Wilder



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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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Aug 21, 2018
Chad Dean
Aug 1, 2018
Arius Arius
One of the worst CT segments. Great views but lots of hike a bike going up. Very steep and chunky coming down.
Aug 18, 2017
Mark Taylor
Jun 25, 2017
Ben Sloman
Cutting trees so we can ride it
Jun 25, 2017
Fritz Ritter
Aug 23, 2016
Andrea Tupy
Aug 14, 2016
Marie-Eve Marcotte

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Michael Tarne
Conway, Arkansas
Michael Tarne   Conway, Arkansas
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
Craig Langenfeld
Denver, CO
Craig Langenfeld   Denver, CO
I came up the Colorado Trail from Copper on July 2 and it's a steep one for sure. It's all ridable if you are in good shape and have your altitude climbing lungs though. Coming down from Peak 8 to Miner's Creak (East Side) was not much fun. Lots of snow left and mud where it wasn't snow. I'd recommend coming up from Frisco via Miner's Creek and descending a pretty sweet downhill to Copper. Jul 3, 2017
marshall moose
Golden, Colorado
marshall moose   Golden, Colorado
Completely agree with a previous post, this is a 5-star ride if you start in Frisco and either shuttle to Copper or ride the bike path, take Wheeler up and over to Miners Creek. You need to love steep and chunky descending to enjoy it, but it's freaking awesome. The climb from Copper is much more rideable than going up Miner's Creek (which is a HIGH % hike-a-bike for me). There's still a few sections of hike-a-bike, but treat it as an adventure ride and interval workout and it's fun. Take Peaks trail back to Frisco. SO much good, chunky descending that still has a ton of fun stuff to pop off of! Sep 8, 2018

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