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Frisco Pre/Post-Work Loop: Miners Creek To Wheeler/Peaks

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An ascent up an old forest road with a fun descent on a section of the CT and the Peaks Trail.


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10.1

Miles

16.2

KM

60%

Singletrack

10,533' 3,211 m

High

9,092' 2,771 m

Low

1,629' 497 m

Up

1,642' 500 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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Overview

This is a fun loop just outside of the town of Frisco that gives you multiple types of riding. The climb offers a fair amount of elevation gain with views of an old mining cabin. The reward is an amazing descent through an area affected by a forest fire in 2017, with the longest descent of a locals favorite, Peaks Trail. A great loop for before or after work.

Need to Know

No parking fees.

Finish off the ride at Outer Range Brewing with a delicious cold beer

Description

Start off in the summer parking for Miner's Creek Road (38). Climb 3.5 miles up Miners Creek. The first few miles are mellow with some shallow river crossings, and an old mining shack that is hard to miss. The last half a mile or so will be hike a bike for some.

Once at the end of Miner's Creek, the Wheeler Trail will be straight ahead on the other side of a downed tree. There will be a sign posted giving directions to either Copper Mountain or to Frisco. Take a left towards Frisco. With a short peddle, it will be all downhill from there, passing through a big burn area, with some awesome views.

At the bottom of the Wheeler Trail, take a left and continue onto the Peaks Trail. You'll get to experience amazing forestry, small drops, and some easier technical riding.

After a few miles of descent, you'll come up on Rainbow Lake which is a must-visit in Frisco. Stay straight and head back to town, or hang left to Masontown Trail for a little bit of extra credit.

Once on Masontown Trail, you'll climb for a little over a mile. The climb is mellow until the last couple hundred feet which come to be fairly steep. At the top of Masontown Trail you'll intersect Mount Royal Trail and be prepared for the rowdiest descent of the entire ride. Be warned- you may only turn right as it is the only bike friendly-part of the Royal Trail. It is also a popular hiking trail, so choose wisely on the time and day of the week you go.

The Mount Royal Trail is an advanced trail. It is nothing but technical rock lines on a thin singletrack, all while maneuvering around trees in the path. After a fun descent on the Royal Trail, take a right and pedal back to Miner's Creek Road (38).

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Shared By:

Garrett Kneeshaw

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Photos

View of Tenmile Peak and Peak 4 fromt the trail.  Roses and Columbine are a plenty here.
Jul 11, 2016 near Frisco, CO
Peaks Trail, somewhere between Breck and Frisco.
Apr 21, 2017 near Frisco, CO
Early morning at Rainbow Lake
Sep 20, 2014 near Frisco, CO
Peak 2 burn area.
Jul 29, 2019 near Frisco, CO
Make sure to take this fork left at the river to continue on to Peaks Trail; this is where you pass over Miner's Creek Rd.
Sep 9, 2016 near Frisco, CO
Rainbow Lake above Frisco, Colorado
Sep 26, 2014 near Frisco, CO

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Jul 2, 2020
jon J
Fun ride, last 1/3 of the uphill is brutal but otherwise manageable 10mi — 1h 15m
Oct 6, 2019
Joe La
Brown sweatshirt and black shorts blue bike
Sep 10, 2019
Phil Oberzan
Hour long climb up road then connect with peaks trail and 4/5 miles back down into Frisch. — 1h 45m