Cycling in Breckenridge

The beautiful city of Breckenridge is calling you to experience its magic. Situated high in the Colorado Rockies, it’s breathtaking beauty is something you will never forget.

For cyclists, there is something for everyone. With plenty of mountain bike trails, and a nice network of roads, cycling in Breckenridge is a great way to spend an afternoon or a whole day.

Colorado scenery

Mountain bike trails

In the winter, Breckenridge is a ski town. In the summer, it’s all about biking. The ski trails open for cyclists when the snow is gone, making for some seriously challenging biking. Take the ski lifts up, and test your ability on the way down.

Whether you are novice or expert, whether you like to enjoy calm nature or you want to experience the wild side of nature, there is the right track for you. From so many to choose from, your satisfaction is will not be lacking.

The town of Breckenridge has a great map of mountain bike trails here – it’s a big file, so will take some time to download. It’s worth it, trust me.

Peaks Trail

One of the most popular routes is the 8.5-mile Peaks Trail from Breckenridge to Frisco. Starting in downtown Breckenridge, you’ll climb for the first three miles. Just before starting the downhill segment, you’ll find a beautiful overlook. The final six miles are challenging, with some technical spots due to roots and rocks. There are wooden bridges across all streams.

If you are up for a challenge, start in Frisco, and bike up the hill.

Flumes Trails

The Flumes Trails are three flumes that run north to south. Lower and Middle flumes are located in the Highlands residential area. It’s a great place for beginner mountain bikers.

For a seven-mile single-track loop, go south along the lower flume, then connect to the upper flume. That trail will feed into the middle flume and then onto Mike’s trail and back down to the Lower Flume to complete the loop.

Baker Tank Loop

The 5-mile Baker Tank Loop route starts just a few miles from Breckenridge, up Boreas Pass Road. The trail is just technical enough to make it interesting, but not so much that you’ll have to carry your bike over the more technical parts.

You’ll reach a large wooden water tank after climbing for about 45 minutes. At that point, follow the moderately technical singletrack into the woods on a nice, relaxing trail. The final stretch is a very narrow trail, littered with roots and rocks, and will take you back to your car in the parking lot.

hiking in Colorado

Road biking routes

Around Lake Dillon

This scenic 19-mile ride will take you on paved bike path along the shores of Dillon Reservoir, from Frisco through Dillon, and over Swan Mountain Road back to Frisco. To ride from Breckenridge, the entire route will be 31 miles. Along the way, you will be rewarded with beautiful views of Dillon Reservoir and the surrounding area.

Within Summit County

Pick your town! Pretty much any road you choose within summit country will be a great ride. Ride 30 miles to Copper Mountain, 20  miles to Frisco, or 27 miles to Keystone.

Turquoise Lake

Up for a century ride? Pedal from Breckenridge to Leadville, around the high alpine Turquoise Lake, and then back to Breck. It will be a great ride with nearly 8000 feet of climbing.

Lake in Colorado


After a long day in the saddle, head back to  in Breckenridge for a relaxing evening in a luxurious condo or townhome. Summit Vacations has lodging throughout the entire town, so whether you want a private place in the mountains with more more peace and quiet or a place close to main street to walk browse the shops or walk to dinner, they can make it happen. Each place has it’s own set of unique amenities and Summit Vacations can help any person find their perfect place.

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About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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3 Responses to Cycling in Breckenridge

  1. Anwar November 18, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Great photos and great information. I have been meaning to visit Breckenridge in the winter for skiing, but hopefully will get out there in the summer time as well for some biking. I often forget how much there is to do in those places outside of ski season 🙂

    • Nancy Sathre-Vogel November 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      @Anwar, …and I’m not a skiier, so I only think of places in terms of activities outside of ski season 🙂

  2. Dave January 16, 2014 at 5:40 am #

    Colors of nature is always attract!
    Biking in snow-capped mountains, green forest makes me happy to be alive in a place of such natural beauty.

    Practical tips for bikers, thanks for sharing great inforomation

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