Peaks Trail in Winter: Snow Play on Summit County’s Frisco to Breckenridge Throughway

The Peaks Trail runs between Breckenridge and Frisco in Summit County, Colorado

The Peaks Trail runs between Breckenridge and Frisco in Summit County, Colorado.

Route: Breckenridge to Frisco via the Peaks Trail
Start: Peaks trailhead in Breckenridge, Colorado, accessed by Ski Hill Rd.
End: Miner’s Creek Road to County Commons in Frisco, Colorado
Season: Winter
For more specific route information on the Breckenridge to Frisco Peaks Trail, read Overview of the Peaks Trail: Summit County, Colorado.

Summit County’s Peaks Trail, a trail I’ve come to know mostly as a summer mountain bike route, is currently covered with more snow than I would have imagined, especially considering the balmy weather of late.

All smiles on the Peaks Trail in Summit County, Colorado

All smiles on the Peaks Trail in Summit County, Colorado

Hesitant to bring the snowshoes (for fear of rocks), a friend and I set out recently on the Peaks Trail with warm boots and Yaktrax. We  encountered plenty of cross-country skiers and found the somewhat technical trail to be mostly smoothed over by packed-down snow.

Despite logging in some areas along the 9-or-so-mile trail, tree coverage is excellent and provided solid protection from the wind. Still, many of the trees are dead. It got us thinking about fires and how this tiny little pine beetle is changing the Colorado landscape. I realize nature has a way of working things out (and I believe it will), but that doesn’t change my selfishness.

Used year-round in Summit County, the Peaks Trail is open to many different users.

Used year-round in Summit County, the Peaks Trail is open to many different users.

Already one of my favorite from-home running trails (Oro Grande in Dillon, Colorado) is getting rough in winter because of recent logging. Snow sweeps across the open landscape to create huge drifts across the 4WD road. Winds can get brutal.

So when I’m seeking a less than short run sheltered from wind, I still like the Peaks Trail. I don’t know how long that protection will last, and hopefully homes don’t get lost as that protection disappears. But for now I’ll take all the wind protection – and in summer, shade – I can get.

For route information on the Breckenridge to Frisco Peaks Trail, read Overview of the Peaks Trail: Summit County, Colorado.

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