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CT - Segment 7: Goldhill to Copper Mountain

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


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13.9

Miles

22.4

KM

Singletrack

12,468' 3,800 m

High

9,234' 2,814 m

Low

3,586' 1,093 m

Up

3,009' 917 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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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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Friends in high places!
Sep 3, 2014 near Frisco, CO
At the top - 12,500'! - you'll probably meet other CO Trail users
Sep 3, 2014 near Brecken…, 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
Peak 2 burn area.
Jul 29, 2019 near Frisco, CO
Entering tree-line on the decent into Copper - now it gets fun!
Aug 30, 2021 near Copper…, CO
Starting the descent into Copper.
Aug 30, 2021 near Copper…, CO

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Aug 27, 2021
Lyle Tucker
started at 3:30pm to avoid the direct sunlight beating down on me. made for amazing decent in the last hour of daylight. a must do at least once 21mi — 4h 00m
Aug 5, 2021
Todd Roth
West to East ride with steep pushing bike to treeline. Rode the saddle and a loose spicy decent into Gold Hill. Washout trail the last three miles. — 5h 30m
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