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Peaks Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (26) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A popular trail for good reasons. It's a rolling forested trail with diverse singletrack.


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8.0

Miles

12.9

KM

96%

Runnable

10,165' 3,098 m

High

9,088' 2,770 m

Low

1,213' 370 m

Up

307' 93 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

Overview

The Peaks trail is one of the most well-known mountain biking trails in Summit county, but it's a good run as well. It's no surprise - this trail has something for just about everyone. There are some great big mountain views at the halfway point of the run, and it's long enough with a bit of climbing to make it feel like a huge journey out and back, or a manageable one if you shuttle, or take a bus from one end to the other.

Need to Know

This is a busy trail with both mountain bike and run/hike traffic. It is great in either direction, so start in either Breckenridge or Frisco.

Description

You'll start out from the trailhead at the end of 2nd Ave. in Frisco. Just continue driving all the way down 2nd Ave until you see the obvious trailhead - there are usually a bunch of cars parked there. The trail is fairly obvious, but not well-marked here. Just a heads up, the trails around Rainbow lake are a tangled mess and not signed very well or not at all. Just take the trails that feel more traveled and it's fairly easy to stay on the right track. The Trail Run Project mobile app would be helpful here as well.

Rainbow lake is under a mile from the start of the start, and it's a scenic spot to regroup and hang out for a bit. After this, the trail gets a bit more technical for a while, as it dives into the woods over roods and rocks. When it's wet or damp (often), it can be quite slippery in here!

There are a few places where other trails branch off from this one. One is the Gold Hill trail on the left about 3 miles in, and the other is the Miners Creek Trail just past that on the right. Just stay straight and follow this trail the whole way - it's easy to follow.

About halfway along, you'll reach the high point of the run. There's a bench with a nice lookout to the east. After that, some big clearcut logging has drastically changed the character of the trail for about a mile. Views are now wide-open, and the trail is still recovering from the operations there.

Shortly after that, you'll head back into the woods, and twist around on a very fun section of trail. There are some bridge crossings over mostly swampy mud. The concentration of trail users is often heavier here as you near Breckenridge, so be alert.

Just a bit more up and down over the last mile - nothing too steep, and you'll pop out near Peak 7 at Breck.

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Michael Ahnemann

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  4.4 from 26 votes

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Photos

Amazing fall foliage run in September
Mar 14, 2015 near Frisco, CO
View of Tenmile Peak and Peak 4 from the trail. Roses and Columbine are a plenty here.
Sep 9, 2016 near Frisco, CO
View to the west
Sep 24, 2017 near Frisco, CO
Small diversion stream paralleling the trail.
Feb 28, 2016 near Brecken…, CO
Small meadow along the trail.
Feb 28, 2016 near Frisco, CO
Prime aspen season
Sep 24, 2017 near Frisco, CO

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Aug 20, 2020
Maggie Schultz
8mi — 1h 50m
Aug 5, 2020
Annelies Olaerts Hall
From 4 o' clock road all the way to rainbow lake trailhead. Wet in certain spots and many hikers and few bikers. 9.5mi — 1h 34m
Jul 12, 2020
Keith Litkowiak
- Great running trail - Has snowshoe routes starting at about .6 miles
Jun 11, 2020
Greg Wilborn
Jul 16, 2019
Troy Bedik
Beautiful trail that's runs along the creek into the mountains with some stunning views. 6.2mi — 1h 30m
Jul 7, 2019
Elliot Davis
Lots of mountain bikers 8mi
Jul 22, 2018
Natalya Farsun
11.8mi
Jul 1, 2018
Karen Gross
holy hell that was hot. bring lots of water. plenty of water for your pup in the summer time. creek runs along trail for a little 10.3mi