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Frisco Peninsula Long Loop

 6 votes

11.0 Miles 17.6 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

777' 237 m

Ascent

-776' -236 m

Descent

9,347' 2,849 m

High

9,022' 2,750 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (9°)

All Clear

38 days agoUpdate

A circuitous loop of the Frisco Peninsula. Great for early season mileage.

Don Leinweber

Overview

This is a circuitous loop of the Frisco Peninsula beginning with a lakeside loop, followed by a tour of the interior of the area finishing in the Frisco Bike Park.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

The Peninsula Recreation Area in Frisco is typically the first place in Summit County to dry in the spring, making it a must for early-season training. It can also be ridden late into the fall.

Description

The description begins and ends at the main parking lot. Access the Peninsula from Highway 9, a mile south of Frisco. There is a traffic signal at the intersection of the highway and Peak One Drive/Recreation Way at the top of the first hill driving south from Frisco. Turn left (north) and drive the road back west to the large parking lot near the day lodge.

Ride the bike path west from the parking lot back towards Frisco, and turn right on Disc Golf Doubletrack just before a split-rail fence bordering a residential area. From here to the lakeshore follows the disc-golf course, so be aware of golfers.

Ride north to Lakeshore Perimeter at the edge of the Dillon Reservoir and turn right onto the singletrack. Ride clockwise, staying on the lakeshore all the way around a small peninsula where the trail swings to the south and a paved campground road. Turn left onto the road, and look for the singletrack on the left side of the road between campsites 70 and 68. Ride this to another paved parking lot.

Ride north, crossing the parking lot towards a bathroom facility. Cross over to the paved road and look for Switchback climbing at a marker on the eastern side of the road. Climb through three switchbacks to an intersection with Riechl's Retreat. Turn left and descend to Olympian's Link at the end of Crown Point Road.

Turn left onto Olympian's Link and ride southwest back towards the bottom of Switchback. Upon reaching the pavement, turn right and look for Lakeshore Perimeter on the right. (There is a short-cut connection just before the pavement to truncate the end of Olympian's Link). Ride the Lakeshore Perimeter around the northern end of the Peninsula and back along the eastern shoreline. Keep to the shoreline, ignoring Crown Point-Lakeshore Connector midway around that leads to Crown Point Road.

Ride Lakeshore Perimeter south until paralleling Highway 9, then west to Dickey Day Use Area trailhead and parking lot. Ride on the gravel road towards Highway 9 and turn right onto Dickey Trail at a marker. Climb Dickey Trail, continuing straight and uphill at the first intersection with Buzzsaw to the top of the climb. Bear right at the next intersection and ride to Buzzsaw Loop. Ride this counterclockwise to the right around the upper portion of the Peninsula.

Buzzsaw Loop initially dips through a drainage then continues as a doubletrack logging road. Take the singletrack on the left after about 1/4 mile and ride the rolling trail section to a steep climb and another intersection. Turn right onto Rocky's Ride, then take an almost immediate left onto Scenic Loop. Ride this counterclockwise back to Buzzsaw Loop, and go right.

Buzzsaw Loop becomes more doubletrack at this point, climbing through several high points offering stunning views. Descend the doubletrack bearing right at the next junction onto Crown Point-Buzzsaw Loop Connector down to Crown Point Road. Turn right and ride 1/4 mile to Crown Point-Jody's Loop Connector on the left side of the road at a large Jody's Nugget sign.

Turn left onto this singletrack connector, then turn right in a short distance onto Jody's Loop. Follow Jody's Loop passing Crossover and Riechl's Retreat at the northern apex of the trail. Continue counterclockwise, south on Jody's Loop to Balfonz Blitz, a continuation of the ridgeline traverse. When Balfonz Blitz intersects the gravel, water tank access road look for a marker post on the right for the continuation of the trail.

At the bottom of a short descent, just before Balfonz Blitz becomes a pronounced doubletrack, look for Crown Point-Balfonz Blitz Connector singletrack on the left. Take this out to Crown Point Road. Turn right and ride out to the recpath parallel to Recreation Way and ride back towards the highway. Cross over to the west side of the road and descend one of the Frisco Bike Park lines back to the parking lot.

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Sep 24, 2017
Jonathan Trout
11mi
Jul 27, 2017
Ben Hagener
Sketchy in spots near the edge of water. Loose rock and small turns with overgrown trees. Much more fun once you get off the shore trail.
Jun 27, 2017
Crazyjerr Tucker
Jun 8, 2017
Gosia Lieske
Most of the loop 10mi — 2h 02m
Jun 1, 2017
Joseph Tosello
First ride perfectly dry and more flowy than expected 11mi
May 5, 2017
Ben Sloman
Not ready, snow over the trail in multiple areas 10mi
Oct 10, 2016
Daniella Lugo
Sep 30, 2016
Steve Armstrong

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All Clear 38 days ago
Dry - A downed tree or two from the snowstorm, but nothing significant
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