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CT - Segment 7: Goldhill to Copper Mountain

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 2.8 (17)

A grueling climb from the parking lot that ends at Peaks Trail and Miners Creek Trail.


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13.6

Miles

21.9

KM

Singletrack

12,468' 3,800 m

High

9,229' 2,813 m

Low

3,597' 1,096 m

Up

3,015' 919 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

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Warning: this is a difficult trail at extremely high altitude. Do not ride this if there is any chance of thunderstorms. Only the most fit riders can hope to actually ride much of this trail. For most people, this will be less of a bike ride and more of a high-alpine adventure with a fun and fast descent.

Park in the lot right on the west side of HWY 9. (Gateway Drive)

The climb starts straight out of the lot and doesn't let up until you get to the top. It's rideable for most folks, but grueling. You'll pass through a lot of dying forest (Pine Bark Beetles) and some nice Aspen stands.

From the top, continue downhill to reach the junction with Peaks Trail. From here, you can continue left on Miners Creek Trail, which goes up and around the Ten-Mile Range. Or you can turn right and go down the Peaks Trail all the way to Frisco.

But if you're just turning around at the top of Gold Hill... stretch your hands (and your smile muscles) before for the downhill as you'll be holding on for dear life with few breaks.

From the Peaks Trail you'll have rocky and rooty terrain that is typical for this area. The grade is not too steep at this point, so if you can ride it, enjoy it now - it gets harder! As you get close to tree line, you'll encounter a short extremely steep hike-a-bike until you reach an alpine cirque and flat clearing. Enjoy a nice rest here before the next big climb out of the cirque. This stretch is pretty smooth and will be rideable by climbing experts with big lung capacity.

You are now at 12,000 ft, and thankfully the trail is now nearly level for over a mile. It's mostly rideable with short sections of scree. Enjoy incredible views of Breckenridge and the Ten Mile Range.

A final set of switchbacks gets you to the saddle at 12,500 ft. with big views of Copper Mountain, the Gore Range, and beyond.

From here continue on this trail down the other side of the mountains until it ends at the Wheeler Trail. The trail is smoother and easier on this side. Follow Wheeler Trail to Copper Mountain.

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Shared By:

Will Stingley with improvements by Jeremy Franz

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  2.8 from 17 votes

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  2.8 from 17 votes
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Sep 3, 2014 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
At the top - 12,500'! - you'll probably meet other CO Trail users
Sep 3, 2014 near Brecken…, CO
Peak 2 burn area.
Jul 29, 2019 near Frisco, CO
Yep, that's your trail heading way out across that tundra.
Sep 3, 2014 near Frisco, CO
For the record, my bike needed a rest, I was still good to go. Approaching summit on Miner's Creek Trail.
Sep 6, 2020 near Copper…, CO

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Aug 11, 2020
Gabe Schilke
Jul 31, 2020
Matt Limbert
Rode from Peak 9 through to Gold Hill (south to north). A lot of hiking above treeline. Great views.
Jun 20, 2020
Parker Wrozek
Clear from Miners Creek Road down to the start. Not all the fun.
Jun 7, 2020
Big Perm
Virgin voyage 2.1mi — 2h 10m
Oct 2, 2019
Ray Harmon
Sep 6, 2019
Brad Smith
10h 00m
Jun 25, 2019
Connor Parish
Ridden east to west, the climb from the Peaks Trail is a little brutal, but the downhill is the perfect mix of tech and flow; it's practically gold! 3.2mi — 0h 37m
Jun 15, 2017
Craig Rubis