Are you planning a trip to Summit County to view the fall colors? Don’t forget to bring your bike. In this post, we will explore two quintessential Summit County fall rides. These trails provide excellent leaf-peeping with a side of adrenaline. Plan your trip quick as these colors won’t hang around very much longer!
The name says it all. Flow through the fall foliage on this built up single-track. This intermediate trail features, berms, bumps, and jumps as well as fantastic fall colors. While this is a two-directional trail, it should be treated as downhill only while on a bike. Aspen Alley rides fast through the trees boasting a 543 foot descent over one mile. Currently, this trail is in ideal condition with minimal dust and zero ruts or wet spots to speak of. Riding early in the morning, late at night and on weekdays is recommended as this is a very popular trail for hikers as well as bikers.
Access the trailhead just past the parking area on Boreas Pass Road after the road turns to gravel. Trailhead is on the right side of the road. Visit Trailforks for more trail information.
If you are looking to get off of the beaten trail to do some leaf-peeping, then Gold Dust is worth a ride. This is definitely a ride that you want to shuttle as it starts near the Continental Divide in Breckenridge and ends in Como, Colorado. While the trail difficulty is a blue rated trail, there are many sections of the 8 mile trail that ride more like a black. The most interesting part of this trail is the variety of terrain that you encounter. There are fast downhills, flowy sections through a drainage ditch, rock gardens, boulders, and flowing single-track through aspens. The trail includes a nearly 2,000 foot decent and a difficult 560 foot climb over 8 miles.
Access the trailhead just past the parking area at the Continental Divide off Boreas Pass Road in Breckenridge. View more information at Trailforks.
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