Overview of the Peaks Trail: Summit County, Colorado

Blazes mark some of the route along the Peaks Trail in Summit County, Colorado.

Blazes mark some of the route along the Peaks Trail in Summit County, Colorado.

I’ve gotten some questions about the Peaks Trail, one of my favorite trails in Summit County, Colorado. So here’s an overview of what I’ve discovered. A longer version will be published soon at goColorado.com, so I’ll post the link when the article goes online.

Trailheads
With a trailhead in Frisco, near Miner’s Creek Road, and another in Breckenridge, off Ski Hill Road, the Peaks Trail is about 7.5 miles in length and travels along the foot of Peaks 1-7 of Colorado’s Tenmile Range.

Colorado's Peaks Trail is one of my favorites as well as one of the most popular trails in Summit County.

Colorado's Peaks Trail is one of my favorites as well as one of the most popular trails in Summit County.

Route
The trail can be followed in either direction. On the Frisco end, users can explore another mile or so around Rainbow Lake.

This continuation, along what some locals call the “Little Peaks Trail,” ends at Zach’s Stop, a small parking area at the south end of Third Street in Frisco. The Rainbow Lake section is an excellent option for a short, easy hike.

The Peaks Trail is popular with hikers, runners, mountain bikers and cross-country skiers. Though there are some steep, technical sections of the Peaks Trail, overall elevation gain/loss is somewhat tame compared to many trails in the area. When starting in Breckenridge, users can expect about 1300 feet of elevation loss and about 450 feet of gain overall.

Access
Like many trails in Summit County, Colorado, access is very easy and users can pick up free public transportation less than a mile from each trailhead. Buses have bike racks in summer and riders toting skis are a common sight in winter. Through-hiking the trail, with a return to the car via bus, is the best option.

Trailbuilding and Volunteer Opportunities
The Summit Fat Tire Society and Friends of the Dillon Ranger District have done work on the Peaks Trail in the past. Contact either for volunteer projects.
http://sfts.us
http://friendsdrd.org

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