Ten Mile Recreational Pathway, Summit County

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Ten Mile Recreational Pathway


Popular with bikers, in-line skaters and cross-country skiers alike, the Ten Mile Recreational Pathway is an asphalt path running from Frisco to Vail with great views of the towering mountains and winding creeks.

  • The Ten Mile Recreational Pathway is 24 miles of asphalt running from Frisco, past Copper Mountain, continuing on to Vail.
  • Hikers, mountain bikers, road bikers, and in-line skaters enjoy the views while following the Tenmile Range.
  • Cross-country skiers have a fantastic winter path to access other backcountry trails.

Overview

Though the Ten Mile Canyon is only a portion of the 55-mile long Summit County Recreational Pathway System, the opportunities for adventure are endless. The road bikers stay primarily on the pathway along with the in-line skaters, but mountain bikers can use the pathway to access trailheads for a more rugged adventure.

Many people choose to ride the asphalt all the way to Vail, a 24 mile stretch each way. Others prefer to stop after 7 miles at Copper Mountain for a rest break before heading back. The options are available for those who want to really push themselves, or those who are just out for some lighter activity.

Location/Directions

The Ten Mile Recreational Pathway starts in Frisco and heads up Ten Mile Canyon, past Copper Mountain, and heads all the way into Vail.

Parking 

  • In Frisco, the trailhead is on the east side of I-70 exit 201, located on Forest Drive. 
  • In Copper Mountain, parking is by exit 195, at the east end of Copper Rd.
  • In Vail, park by the Gore Creek Campground on the east side of town, off Big Horn Rd. 

Seasons

The path is open year-round, available to biking, in-line skating, hiking or cross-country skiing.

Activities

Mountain Biking
For fat tire fans, the surrounding area is a mountain biking mecca with trails ranging from beginner to expert. So don't forget to bring your bike or choose from a wide variety available at local rental shops.

Try the Peaks Trail, a 7.8 mile single-track connecting Frisco and Breckenridge.  Gaining 1,218 ft. and dropping 253 ft., you'll have to earn each breathtaking view.   The trailhead is at 2nd Ave. and Main St. in Frisco. In Breckenridge, it is past Peak 8 on Ski Hill Rd.

Road Biking
Staying on the pavement is a great option for those road warriors, as the 24 mile path heads straight over Vail Pass, topping out at 10,554 ft

For those who enjoy a challenge, try the Fremont-Tennesee-Vail Pass Loop. At Copper Mountain, head south onto Fremont Pass (11,318 ft.) through Leadville.  Then, head north over Tennessee Pass (10,404 ft.), onwards through Vail Pass (10,554 ft) and back through Copper Mountain for the downhill coast back to Frisco. The 93 mile loop makes for a long, but rewarding day.

Cross-country Skiing
Cross-country skiers should try the Peaks Trails in the winter, or the North Tenmile Creek Trail, a 7 mile out and back that rises 1,668 ft. Access is on the west end of Main St. in Frisco.

More Information

Motor vehicles of any sort are not permitted on the pathway, but users should expect to encounter other traffic and maintenance vehicles.


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