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Peak 9 Access Road to the Wheeler Trail

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Trail

5.5 mile 8.9 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,657' 810 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 12,378' 3,773 m
Low: 9,721' 2,963 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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A road Connection to the Wheeler Trail midpoint.

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Description

The Wheeler Trail is an absolute monster of a trail to ride in a single day, with a lot of hike-a-bike. The Peak 9 Access Road chops the trail into two (of three) segments to incorporate into loop rides.

From the base of Peak 9, essentially begin climbing the dirt access road and don't stop until reaching the Wheeler Trail. The road averages 10% grade from top to bottom with more difficult sections above timberline where snowdrifts across the road last into July.

The first mile sees a lot of vehicular traffic to the stables and Ten Mile Station Restaurant, a popular wedding venue. There are several options to bypass this first mile and avoid vehicles. The first is the Prospector Trail, beginning on the right near the Super Connect chair lift and climbing to Wanderer. From Wanderer go left back to the road.

Wanderer begins on the left, 500' past the Super Connect and climbs to the access road between the stables and Ten Mile Station.

There is another gravel road which forks right at the stables and climbs back to the main access road near a snowmaking building.

After passing Ten Mile Station on the main access road there are a number of less well-established roads branching both left and right. The main roadway is the more established of these lift access spurs.

The Peak 9 Restaurant sits on a scenic ridge about 3 miles up the climb. This is a good place for a rest and a bit of sightseeing. The road becomes more primitive, rocky and steeper above the Peak 9 Restaurant, switching back on itself numerous times before intersecting the Wheeler Trail.

From here there are two great loop options: climb south on the Wheeler Trail to a high point, then down a gripping descent towards Crystal Lakes Road, passing Francie's Cabin. Continue on Wheeler Trail to Spruce Creek Road, the Spruce Creek Trail and the Burro Trail via the Burro-Spruce Creek-Burro loop description.

Or, climb north on Wheeler Trail across the Ten Mile Range between Peak 9 and Peak 8 and descend to Copper Mountain. Ride the Copper to Frisco Bike Path to the Peaks Trail and return to Breckenridge (this is the first leg of the Breckenridge 100 mountain bike race).

The adventurous rider could continue on the road to the top of Peak 10; a truly unique high alpine adventure! - Note that Fourth of July Bowl is the snowfield on Peak 10 and a frequent backcountry destination, adding to the vehicular traffic on the road. This can be particularly frustrating above the restaurant.

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Land Manager: Breckenridge Ski Resort

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Cruising around the Wanderer Trail.
Aug 7, 2016 near Brecken…, CO
Watch out for 4x4s and resort buses running you into the ditch.
Sep 30, 2018 near Brecken…, CO
Views of Peak 8 from the Peak 9 Restaurant
Oct 2, 2014 near Brecken…, CO
Peak 9 Access Road from restaurant-Wheeler Trail crosses ridgeline in the distance
Oct 2, 2014 near Brecken…, CO
Peak 8 from the Peak 9 Access Road intersection with Wheeler Trail
Oct 2, 2014 near Brecken…, CO

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