Firecracker 50 - Dirt Version

 2 votes

23.8 Miles 38.3 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

3,273' 998 m

Ascent

-3,282' -1,000 m

Descent

11,194' 3,412 m

High

9,653' 2,942 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Unknown

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An all dirt and mostly singletrack version of the popular race course.

Don Leinweber

Overview

This loop utilizes Illinois Creek, Aspen Alley, lower Baker's Tank Trail, Trail of Tears, Weber Gulch Road, Wirepatch, Governor King Trail, and upper Side Door to bypass most of the road, and all the paved sections of the race course.

Need to Know

Governor King Trail is open to motorized use, and as such has deep ruts in many of the switchbacks. This trail should be avoided within a week of heavy rains as the ruts hold mud and water.

Description

Begin the ride at Carter Park in Breckenridge. Ride south out of the park on the Sunbeam Trail to Sunbeam Drive. Go right to, and across Boreas Pass Road to the ice rink parking lot. Ride to the southeastern end of the lot onto the Illinois Creek trail at a small bridge. Bear left at the first intersection, and continue taking left turns staying on Illinois Creek to the Blue River Trail. Go left on the singletrack, cross a driveway and climb Aspen Alley to Boreas Pass Road.

Go left on the road towards the trailhead, and turn right onto Baker's Tank Trail singletrack. Climb Baker's Tank Trail to a Y intersection, and bear left onto Mountain Pride Trail. Ride past the mine and climb right at a hard switchback onto Pinball Alley. Climb to a highpoint and descend left to a doubletrack road, Crossing Route, FSR 528.1B. Contour through the first junction and continue to Baldy Road, another doubletrack.

Turn right then left onto the True Romance trail. Climb True Romance through a timber chicane to Nightmare on Baldy. Descend to Sallie Barber Road at Sallie Barber Mine. Turn right above Sallie Barber Road on the Trail of Tears, flume singletrack. Ride out to, and descend Weber Gulch Road to Sallie Barber Road. Go right and descend to French Gulch Road.

Go left on French Gulch Road then right onto Humbug Hill (GH 61). Climb 200' and take a right turn onto Wirepatch. Ride Wirepatch up valley and descend back to French Gulch Road.

Go left and ride up valley passing a garage on the right. Little French begins on the north side of the road about 100' past this garage. Climb a mile up Little French and turn left onto the singletrack, flume section of Little French.

Bear left at a Y in a saddle and continue on the flume. At the end of the flume, turn left and descend to a 5-way dirt road intersection and the top of Humbug Hill (GH 61). Ignore downhill road options to the sharp left and sharp right.

Descend Lincoln Park Road (GH 66) 0.5 miles to Governor King Trail on the left side of the road. Note a small, yellow, backwards, Forest Service boundary marker across from the beginning of Governor King Trail (GH 67) and a brown marker 100' down the trail.

Descend Governor King Trail through a number of switchbacks to Forest Queen. Go right and look for the continuation of Governor King Trail on the left at a GH 67 marker. Ride out to Lincoln Park Road and go left through a drainage. The road bends to the right, continuing as Prospect Hill Road.

Climb Prospect Hill Road, passing Golden Gate Loop (GH39) on the right. When the road tops out, look for the Side Door singletrack on the left at a timber chicane. Descend Side Door and turn left at the first junction across blonde colored mine tailings. Descend right at the next junction on lower Minnie Mine. At the next intersection turn left onto X10U8. Climb X10U8 back to Minnie Mine, turn right and descend to the trailhead. Cross French Gulch onto the Reiling Dredge Trail.

Ride Reiling Dredge Trail and turn left onto upper B&B Trail. Climb to Turk's Trail, turn right and descend back to B&B trail. Go left on B&B then left onto V3 Trail. Climb V3 to Barney Ford and turn right. Descend Barney Ford all the way to Moonstone Road. Cross the road onto Moonstone Trail and take an almost immediate right onto Barney Flow Trail. Barney Flow merges with Moonstone Trail just above the Hermit Placer flume trail.

Turn left onto Hermit Placer then take an immediate right onto Carter Park. Descend the switchbacks back to the park.

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Oct 5, 2016
thomas feistl
Jun 21, 2016
Brian Young
A few snow drifts high require a hike. They'll be gone soon.

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