Best of: Breckenridge on-mountain bike trails

Your favorite Breckenridge Ski Resort winter runs melt down and green up into gorgeous summer singletrack begging to be ridden in July, August and September.

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Breckenridge features 12 mountain biking trails near Peaks 8 and 9 ranging from challenging intermediate rides to technical steeps to downhill cruisers.

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Tip: Skip the lung-busting climb and grab a $32 all-day bike haul pass where you can ride the lift up and bike down the trails as many times as you want. Just load your mountain bike onto the Colorado SuperChair at the base of Peak 8 and be on your way.

 

Here’s what to expect:

Similar to winter’s trail ratings, on-mountain biking trails are broken down into green, blue and blacks (easy, intermediate and more difficult). You’ll ride terrain that spans rolling meadows to thick forested winding routes and enjoy views that stretch across the county.

 

Green Trail

Whirl: Half mile of wide singletrack with rollers and berms great for beginners

 

Blue Trail

Pioneer: 3.8 miles of singletrack and mountain road dropping you at the Peak 8 Fun Park

 

Black Trail

Dwight’s: 2.6 miles of winding singletrack with banked corners and narrow paths through trees

 

This is just a sampling of Breckenridge’s trails. View the 2016 Summer bike trail map to plan your next two-wheeled adventure.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Mountain bike (full-service rental shops are available)
  • Helmet
  • Water bottles
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack to carry essentials

 

Call and plan ahead:
Waiting on the winter snow to melt might be the hardest part of mountain biking in Breckenridge. Trails are usually ready to ride by early July. Call (970) 453-5000 to confirm when mountain biking trails and lessons will be available this summer.

 

Take a lesson:

Completely new to the sport? Or just need a quick refresher? Breck offers mountain bike lessons for beginner and intermediate skill levels daily. Learn terrain basics, tactics, safety and local history along the way.

 

The Beginner/Intermediate Lesson runs around 2.5 hours and covers braking (when to use the front and back brakes), shifting, turning and managing obstacles; followed by instructor-lead rides down intermediate (blue) trails.

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