SUMMIT COUNTY — Mountain biking on four-wheel roads can get a bad rap. For purists, they’re usually dusty, crowded with motorized vehicles and, on occasion, just plain boring compared to singletrack.
Miners Creek Road is an exception to the rule. Providing quick access to a network of singletrack trails on the south edge of Frisco, Miners Creek Road winds past beaver ponds and a meandering creek as it climbs toward the Tenmile Range and, eventually, Wheeler Trail to Copper Mountain. The road is lined with a combination of aspens, pines and thick underbrush, making it a pitch-perfect ride in September when Rocky Mountain foliage is at its best.
It’s also leads directly to the site of the Peak 2 wildlire, a man-made blaze first spotted in the dry hours after Fourth of July — one of the busiest times of year in Frisco and Breckenridge. The wildfire spread for several days, burning nearly 90 acres of dead and dying beetle-kill pine. The U.S. Forest Service has re-opened the road, but rangers still caution bikers and hikers about leaning trees left from the fire.
From Miners Creek, riders can access a slew of rocky, rooty, iconic rides, including portions of the Peaks Trail, South Rainbow Trail, Bill’s Ranch Trail and Gold Hill Trail. Routes like Peaks and Gold Hill are long excursions when you ride them from start to finish, but thanks to Miners Creek Road, riders can create a nearly bottomless series of loops that never leave the Frisco area. It’s time to give this road a chance — you won’t regret it.
Note: The part of the road described in this ride is usually dry enough to ride by late May or early June, although the water might be high at two creek…
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