Peaks Trail
Peaks Trail
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Erin H
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA308 contributions
Aug 2020
My husband and I rented ebikes from Mountain Wave yesterday and started out on this trail. It wasn't a hard bike ride (though we clocked in at 24 miles). We stopped for a drink and an appetizer in Frisco (cute town) and headed back. It is gorgeous with many great views on the ride.
Written August 6, 2020
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Greg
Plano, TX64 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
We hiked the Peaks Trail from Breckenridge to Frisco during our recent family vacation, July 2014. It came about somewhat by accident. We were planning on hiking to the summit of Quandary Peak on this particular morning but woke up to lightning, thunder and showers. The storms pretty well dissipated by 8:00 AM but it was too late to start the Quandary ascent, especially since afternoon storms were predicted. Fortunately, we were able to reschedule and summited Quandary on a crystal clear morning later in the week.

Peaks was on my list of possible hikes during our nine day visit but it was on the standby list. On this morning, we needed a substitute activity and so Peaks was the fist alternate. Interestingly based on two recent visits, not a lot of local folks seem to be familiar with this trail. We were lucky. The property we stayed at had a shuttle bus for nearby trips and the driver knew exactly where the trailhead was. He dropped us off right at the trailhead which is immediately adjacent to the Grand Lodge on Ski Hill Rd. Another alternative, take the Breck Connect gondola from town up to the base of Peak 8 and walk down Ski Hill Rd. to the trail head. That is a little more than a half mile easy walk but it will allow you to avoid driving a vehicle and leaving it at the trailhead. The gondola is free and fun.

This is an easy walk if you are in reasonably good condition. It is more of a woodland hike but there are a number of clearings where you will enjoy sensational views of the Ten Mile Range. In mid July, a variety of wildflowers were in bloom along the trail. There are numerous stream crossings so you will enjoy the refreshing sights and sounds of recently melted snow moving down the mountain. Take your camera. You will have some nice opportunities. If you take the trail from Breck to Frisco, there is a net elevation drop of roughly 900'. You will encounter a few minor uphill sections but the net elevation drop makes this a friendly walk. For the most part, you are on a single track trail. There are a few sections with roots and rocks but that is the exception. My conclusion is that the trail is roughly 8 miles from the trailhead in Breck to the trailhead in Frisco. If you are walking to Main St. Frisco as we did, that adds approximately one more mile so say 9 miles total. We maintained a firm pace with several photo stops and made it to Main St. Frisco in about 3:15. We did three other hikes that also took approximately three hours of total time; McCullough Gulch, Mohawk Lakes and Mayflower Gulch. All of those were fantastic, each shorter than Peaks but all more strenuous than Peaks due to the elevation gain.

In my opinion, this is an excellent acclimation walk especially if you are from the flat lands as we are. You will enjoy some great scenery and the get heart beat up without enduring too much stress. I saw a few runners and was envious. This would be an awesome trail run. You will probably see some mountain bikers. I always find it easier to simply step aside for them. They will appreciate it.

Here is a possible half day itinerary. Take the gondola or other transportation and get to the Peaks trailhead in Breckenridge. Take the nice 3+ hour walk to Frisco. Have brunch/lunch at Butterhorn Bakery in Frisco then take the free Summit Stage bus back to Breckenridge. You can pick up a bus schedule in Breck or Frisco. It is easy, picks up at each stop every 30 minutes.

This is really nice walk and I'm glad we had the opportunity to enjoy it. Hope you do as well.
Written July 26, 2014
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dskid
Overland Park, KS2,552 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We walked this trail down and found it to be incredibly easy. The only challenge was when we were caught in a thunderstorm with accompanying hail. Fortunately, it didn't last long and there wasn't much lightning. Highly recommended as a time killer for an hour or so.

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Written July 30, 2018
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Nikki F
Chandler, AZ7 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
I arrived in Breckinridge on a Saturday and discovered this beautiful trail on Sunday. Intention was to hike from trailhead at top of Peak 7 for about an hour and a half then hike back out (I told my husband I would be back in 3 hours). I enjoyed the hike so much I had to send a text to husband that I was going to complete the entire trail length of 8.4 mi. and to not expect me back on time. The trail ends in the neighboring town of Frisch where you can catch a free Summit Stage bus back to Breckinridge where you can then transfer the black Free Bus rout that takes you up Peak 7 almost to the trailhead where you started. Awesome hike! Loved the trees, the streams with small waterfalls that meandered throughout your hike. There were some areas that had more open vistas but overall a forested hiking trail. I hiked this trail on 10/16/16 and weather was perfect.
Written October 17, 2016
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Arlog60
Omaha176 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
This is a wonderful trail. Leave your car at the base. Ride the Gondola up to Peak 7 (2nd to last stop) and walk two blocks to the other side of the Lodges at Peak 7 for the trail head. When the concrete stops and dirt road starts...there's the trail head.

It's mostly downhill from Breck to Frisco. 7.79 miles. Great hike or good for mountain bikers.

Secret Tip: just go one way. When you land in Frisco, ride the Free Summit Stage back to town. They'll even haul your bike back for you.

Or go half way and when you return, take the gondola back to the base. No need to park your car at the trail head with 50 other cars. SOOOOO easy.
Written July 8, 2013
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Mark J
Cedar Rapids, IA55 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
We heard and read this was a great trail to see fall color. We hiked about a third of it round trip from Peak 7 and I must say you can see far more color walking down main street in Breck! A nice hike other than that.
Written September 16, 2018
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ColoDream
Silverthorne, CO205 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
best done from Breckenridge to Frisco as predominately downhill. i parked at the Frisco Summit Stage Transfer Station. do this to make sure you have a spot for your bike. as we departed, the bike rack on the bus was full. we stopped at 2 other bus stations where people wanted to board with their bikes but were not able to. got off at the Breck Transfer Station. biked up Ski Hill Road to Peak 8. can catch Peaks Trail Connect there. it is above the gondola off to the right. this connect takes you to Peak 7 and the start of the Peaks Trail at the trail head. the beginning is uphill and very rocky and lots of roots. but still a great ride. some nice bridges to go over although some are in need of repair due to decay. you then go horizontal along some water flumes. across an area of beetle kill where it becomes more flowy. as you descend, you pass the Miners Creek Trail. from here it is a steeper descent which is fast and flowy and great fun. dumps you out on Miners Creek Road. cross the road towards Rainbow Lake. then down to the Frisco Bike Path. then it is paved roads back to the Frisco Summit Stage Transfer Station. all in was 12.5 miles. A great ride.
Written September 8, 2016
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jerrod1000
Denver, CO6 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
Park your car at the base of the in-town gondola and take it to Peak 7. Then, ride your bike a bit north to the trailhead. The trail is a great mostly downhill single track. Then take the bike path back to Breckenridge. Gets packed on the weekends though.
Written April 1, 2015
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Paul Y
Evansville, IN13 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
We hiked from Peak 7 to Frisco on Peak Trail and enjoyed it immensely. We stopped at our favorite restaurant , Butterhorn Bakery and Deli, for lunch. Can't beat that combination.
Written September 2, 2014
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Leeza4849
Denver, CO6 contributions
Jan 2014 • Couples
Instead of skiing, I decided to snowshoe the Peaks Trail from Breckenridge to Frisco. It was a beautiful day and the flatness/slow descent at least made it seem like it wasn't that challenging. However, being sore for 2 days afterwards proved that the 12(ish) mile hike was in fact a good workout! They say it's 10 miles but that doesn't count getting to the trailhead (about a mile walk from my hotel) and then to the free shuttle in Frisco (probably close to half a mile from the Frisco trailhead). So it's not a walk in the park. I live in Denver so am fairly used to the altitude and fairly in shape, and it took me about 3.5 hours to do it from Breck trailhead to getting to the shuttle stop, and that's with minimal stops. Being on the trail itself was nice - mostly forest with some meadows. Only encountered one couple the whole time but maybe that's because it's winter?

Trail was well marked with blue trail markers every few yards and the snow was pretty packed down on the path so it was easy to follow. Not sure what it'd be like after a big snowstorm.
Written January 27, 2014
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