Breckenridge Flumes Loop

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6.5 Miles 10.4 Kilometers


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494' 150 m

Ascent

-493' -150 m

Descent

9,915' 3,022 m

High

9,534' 2,906 m

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3%

Avg Grade (2°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Bad / Closed

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A perfect beginner loop utilizing the flume trail network north of Breckenridge.

Don Leinweber

Overview

A loop ride through the Highlands at Breckenridge subdivision utilizing Lower Flume Trail, Mike's Trail, Middle Flume Trail, and Upper Flume Trail. Both Mike's Trail and the southern end of the Upper Flume Trail are steep, loose climbs that may be challenging for beginners.

The loop is very well marked. Other than the roadway crossings, way-finding along the route is easy.

This loop is excellent in either direction. Riding it counterclockwise (in the opposite direction of this description) will get most of the climbing out of the way at the beginning of the ride.
Family Friendly: A great intermediate kids route!
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

The best parking option is the Breckenridge Recreation Center on Airport Road. From here, ride south on the recpath towards town and cross a bridge over the Blue River to the intersection of County Road 450 (Huron Road) and Highway 9. There is a 7-Eleven on the corner. Ride 1/2 mile east up CR 450 to a post on the left (north) marking the beginning of the Lower Flume Trail.

Description

From Summit County Road 450 (Huron Road), begin up the Lower Flume Trail. The trail begins with a steep, but short climb to the flume. Go left and begin on the flume trail, passing the first intersection on the right with the Upper Flume Trail. The loop will return via the Upper Flume Trail to this intersection.

The trail contours along the and rolls below the flume before intersecting Highlands Drive. Cross the road onto the continuation of the trail and enter a picturesque meadow. After the meadow the trail continues along the flume, passing closely by several homes then climbs to a trail parallel to Highlands Drive.

At the intersection of Barney Ford Way and Highlands Drive, go north on Highlands Drive, following the painted bike markings to a post on the right side of the road. Turn right onto the continuation of the Lower Flume Trail, then turn right immediately onto Mike's Trail.

Mike's Trail climbs to the Middle Flume Trail (and also continues up to the Upper Flume Trail). Turn left onto the Middle Flume Trail contouring along the flume to Highlands Drive. Cross the road following the painted bike markings down a paved, private drive. Look for the trail continuation on the right side of the drive. Continue on the flume to, and across Spaulding Terrace (another paved road). In a short distance the trail crosses Highlands Drive again, continuing on the flume.

The trail eventually departs from the flume and climbs to, and across Preston Way (yet another paved roadway). Climb steeply after crossing the road, then around the rear of some homes before entering the forest and crossing several bridges. Pass Tom's Baby trail on the left and begin a switchbacking climb to a tee intersection with the Upper Flume Trail.

Turn right and begin back towards the start of the loop. Ride past Slalom trail on the left, descending through a clear-cut, over a short bridge back to the flume. The trail follows the flume, crossing Golden Age Drive (the last road crossing in the loop) before passing Mike's Trail on the right in a clear-cut. Eventually, the trail departs from the flume and descends parallel to Forest Hills Drive.

Just above the Lower Flume Trail, the Upper Flume Trail passes through a few steep, loose switchbacks and descends to the Lower Flume Trail. Turn left and descend back to SCR 450.

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Sep 11, 2016
Beth Heiney
6.5mi
Aug 13, 2016
John Greenman
A long climb and a fast down with great views along the way, would ride again.
Jul 16, 2016
Karin Wuhrmann
Jun 15, 2016
David Kuhn
Middle Flume is VERY rocky. Tough hills. Went off trail adding some time and distance. 7.5mi — 2h 10m
Oct 20, 2015
Daniel Wood
Classic cross-country 6.5mi
Sep 24, 2015
Josh Geiple
Fun, lots of rocks, very narrow trail at times especially on Upper Flume.
Sep 13, 2015
Gosia Lieske
6.5mi — 1h 20m
Sep 6, 2015
Sean Langrish
rode CCW; a fun solo outing early in the morning; good berms, a great view of the town at sunrise, and a decent downhill stretch 6.5mi

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  4.1 from 8 votes

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in Breckenridge

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Are dogs allowed? Oct 9, 2016


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