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A scenic ride that will test your will and lungs.


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20.3

Miles

32.6

KM

60%

Singletrack

12,465' 3,799 m

High

9,092' 2,771 m

Low

3,374' 1,029 m

Up

3,375' 1,029 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Features Commonly Bikepacked

Overview

Easy climb until you hit the Colorado Trail. From there, the loop rises 3,000 feet in 3 miles. This trail is difficult, technical, and steep. No cyclocross, gravel or rigid bike will suffice.

Description

This trail rises over 3000 feet feet in 3 miles at an average of 7% with some at 32%. The entire Colorado Trail is extremely rocky.

Begin the ride by parking in one of the three lots on the backside of Frisco, near the Temple Trail. Proceed toward the Copper to Frisco Bike Path. Ride up the path until you reach Wheeler Junction and the Wheeler Trail / CT - Segment 7: Miner's Creek Trail.

The rides most challenging portion, and largest climb, begins around mile eight at Wheeler Junction and the beginning of the Wheeler Trail. Push through!

After the four-mile climb (first on the Wheeler Trail/Miner's Creek and then continuing on Miner's Creek), you'll be rewarded with nearly continuous downhill singletrack for the rest of the ride, and some amazing peak views. Consider a break around Peak 6 before starting a long descent.

Turn north on the Peaks Trail, which will take you back to the parking lot in Frisco.

Contacts

Shared By:

Colton Johnson with improvements by Eric Sims Jr. and 2 others

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 16 votes

#1790

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  3.9 from 16 votes
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#296

in Colorado

#1,790

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Photos

Friends in high places!
Sep 3, 2014 near Frisco, CO
View of Tenmile Peak and Peak 4 fromt the trail.  Roses and Columbine are a plenty here.
Jul 11, 2016 near Frisco, CO
At the top - 12,500'! - you'll probably meet other CO Trail users
Sep 3, 2014 near Brecken…, CO
Moose frequent this part of the trail.
Jul 11, 2016 near Frisco, CO
Peaks Trail, somewhere between Breck and Frisco.
Apr 21, 2017 near Frisco, CO
Good grief this trail was steep.  And we started the ride already at high elevation for me.  Man, was I glad to reach our turn-around point. The descent was seasoned heavily with Flow and served under blue skies.
Oct 11, 2019 near Copper…, CO
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Jul 15, 2021
Thomas Depke
About 7 trees down on Breck side and haze at top but great ride otherwise
Jun 9, 2021
Private User
Sep 17, 2020
CYN TSUNAMI
Sep 5, 2020
C MAC
Frisco 20 Loop plus Peaks trail - 4,300 ft elevation gain 29mi — 4h 37m
Jul 4, 2020
RossKipp
20mi — 3h 45m
Jul 3, 2020
jon J
5 or 6 snowfields still at the top, but none are impassible 20mi — 3h 30m
Jun 27, 2020
Mark Ferris
still too many snow fields on ct 7 to make this loop truly worthwhile
Sep 21, 2019
Mark Buzek
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