Hiking and Biking Information
There are numerous trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing throughout Summit County. Most summer trails are excellent for winter activities. This website discusses 43 trails in the area from beginner to advanced: http://summitcountyexplorer.com/summithikingtrails.htm Another great resource is The Summit Hiker by Mary Ellen Gilliland. Below is a list of our favorites….Enjoy!
Mayflower Gulch: Take I-70 west from Silverthorne to the Copper Mountain exit (exit #195). Take Hwy #91 south towards Leadville for 5.8 miles. The parking lot for the Mayflower Gulch trailhead is on your left. This short hike takes you to breathtaking scenery and old mining cabins.
Lily Pad Lake: On the north side of I-70 at the Silverthorne exit turn left at the 7-11. Turn left just before Lowes and take this main road all the way up through all of Wildernest condos (about 4 miles). The parking lot will be on your left and the trailhead will be on your right. This easy hike is great for all ages.
Peru Gulch: Take Hwy 6 past Keystone ski area and turn right onto Montezuma Road, left at the fork, and follow the main road for about 4 miles. The parking lot will be on your left (it comes up quick around a turn). If you get to the town of Montezuma you have gone too far. During the summer this is a great drive to old mines and a few intermediate/advanced hiking trails (Chihuahua and Argentine Pass). During the winter the road is a great beginner cross-country or snowshoeing trail.
Mohawk Lakes: Drive south out of Breckenridge on Hwy 9. At about 2-1/2 miles from the last light as you leave Breckenridge turn right on Spruce Creek Rd and proceed about 1.2 miles to a well marked parking area and trailhead. While this trail is always busy it offers incredible views, a waterfall and historic ruins.
Mount Royal and Mount Victoria: Off I-70 take Frisco exit #201and turn east onto Main St. to the bikeway parking area right by the highway. Walk the bike path (left towards Breckenridge) for about a half mile to the Mt. Royal trailhead. These two mountains start the range of Peaks 1-10. These are steep climbs but the views of Summit County are spectacular.
Buffalo Mountain: Follow the same directions for Lily Pad Lake. You will see the trailhead for Buffalo just before the hill that leads to Lily Pad. This is a challenging day hike that will take you to the top of Summit County’s landmark mountain with views of the Gore Range.
Quandary Peak: So you want to climb a 14er?? (14,000′ mountain) This is the closest one to my condo. Make sure to take plenty of water, food and extra clothing. This is well worth the challenge! Drive through Breckenridge on Hwy 9 for about 7.5 miles from the last traffic light. Turn right onto Blue Lakes Rd (#850) and turn right again onto #851. Drive about 1 mile to the trailhead. Parking is along the road.
Whether you have your own bike (mountain or road) or need to rent a bike, Summit County offers a variety of experiences for all levels. Click here for an overview of numerous trails. http://www.summitbiking.org/area_rides/
The Keystone to Breckenridge to Vail Bike Path (paved): Start your ride at the condo as the path runs right next to Lake Cliffe! click here for a printable trail map. http://www.lakedillonbikerentals.com/PDF/BikeTrailMap600x565.pdf
Leadville Mineral Belt Bike Trail (paved): Take I-70 west to Exit #195 (Copper Mtn/Leadville) and follow Hwy 91 into Leadville (about 20 miles). Hwy 91 changes to Hwy 24 in Leadville. Take this through town to the bike trail parking lot on your left. Six miles of this 11 mile paved bike path travels through the historical mining district with information, artifacts and signs along the way. The easier way to ride this loop trail is start at the parking lot on Hwy 24, cross the highway and head into town; that way its downhill for the last 4 miles! http://mineralbelttrail.com/
Keystone Resort: From Dillon take Hwy 6 towards Keystone and park in the River Run lot. The ski resort offers beginner, intermediate and advanced mountain biking trails…you and your bike ride the chairlift up and then bike down! http://www.keystoneresort.com/activities/mountain-biking.aspx
Copper Mountain Resort: Take I-70 west to Exit #195 (Copper Mtn/Leadville) and follow the signs to the main resort area. Copper offers beginner, intermediate and advanced mountain biking as well as numerous summer activities. http://www.coppercolorado.com/summer/events_and_activities/summer_activities/copper_summer_activities