This past 4th of July weekend we headed east to Eagle and then on to Frisco for some much needed cooler weather and relaxation. Along the way we fit in 4 bike rides. Though my lungs sometimes hated me, the views and the trails were spectacular! Here’s a list of the rides we did and a few places where you can find more info:
Thursday – We headed to Eagle and knew we wanted to ride up The Boneyard and down the Pool and Ice Rink trail. It’s a great, recently professionally rebuilt downhill trail with lots of switchbacks and berms and even a few drops. Start here to find information on all of Eagle’s trail systems. Those guys are really growing fast!
On Friday our friend Alice took us on some new trails (well, new to us) near Breckenridge. We climbed up a fun wooded singletrack called “Turks”, which we reached via the B&B trail, then turned right and climbed the road to the Sallie Barber mine. After that we took another piece of singletrack up and down, then picked up the Barney Ford trail and connected from that to the V3 which we took down. These were AWESOME trails! They were well-built and flowing with lots of fast turns. The trees were wide enough for my handlebars, but still tight enough to provide a little adrenaline rush. You can find info on this trail and the others mentioned below at MTBProject.com
On Saturday we got out early for a ride on the Frisco Peninsula Loop. This has been a staple of our rides in Frisco for the past several years and I love it. The trail is narrow and sometimes dangerous (watch for fallen trees sticking out on the trail!), but it’s SO beautiful. Overall the trail is pretty tame; I rode it when I was merely an “intermediate beginner”. There are many options but almost all will include the Lakeshore Perimeter trail. Others you might want to check out are Olympian’s Link (we went down this) and Dickey’s Trail (we went up this). This is a great area to explore!
Finally, on our last day, we steeled ourselves for the Dredge Boat ride. We parked at the Dredge Boat trailhead off of Tiger Road and immediately began climbing on the baby-head covered trail towards Horseshoe Gulch. At the top we turned left onto Blair Witch, a fun, purpose-built trail that winds through narrow lodgepole pines. At its end we dropped down what I call “the trough” and enjoyed(?) a long descent through wildflowers on a sometimes deep and unruly bit of trail before reaching “the ranch” and starting our climb towards the Colorado Trail. This is where it gets tough. From the ranch there’s about 2.2 miles of climbing. Sometimes easy, sometimes very hard, but always always climbing. At the top though, you’re rewarded with gorgeous views and a fun descent down the Hay Trail back to the car. It’s another one that we’ve done for years and years and it still kicks my butt – just not as much as before!
I did my best to get the trail names right, but make sure to double check with a map before you make any turns!