Biking Breck by Amy Piper

At 9,603 feet, Breckenridge, Colorado sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains on the Ten-Mile range. Breck is known as a ski town; however, today with its numerous outdoor biking activities, Breckenridge, Colorado is a year-round biking mecca. It’s the perfect place to GET OUTDOORS.

Blue River Recreation Path

Breck’s hiking and biking trails are abundant. The scenic Blue River Recreation Path starts next to the Breck Connect Gondola in Breckenridge where ample parking is available. The path runs parallel to the Blue River on one side and the Rocky Mountains on the other, making for a scenic ride. It’s part of the 50 plus miles of Summit County’s Recreational Path network. The gentle 7.1-mile path is paved and busy with hikers, in-line skaters, and other bikers. They maintain the Blue River Rec Path year-round.

For a longer ride, if you go past Breckenridge to Frisco, it’s an easy downhill grade while the return is a gradual uphill ascent that requires some effort, especially after lunch.

Trail maps are available for purchase at the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S. Main Street or download a Hiking and Biking Trail map here. If you’d like to learn more about Breck’s history during your ride, take a guided tour with Ridden.

Ridden

Ridden’s Fat Tire Bike guided tour starts at their downtown shop and ends at the Broken Compass Brewery, three and a half miles north of Breck. The Fat Bike Tours use a Borealis high-performance carbon fiber Fat Tire bike. They’re easy to pedal, and the 3.8-inch tires provide great traction in rocky or sandy terrain and even snow. The tour, geared toward all riding abilities, is a great way to get some exercise and learn more about Breckenridge.

Broken Compass Brewery

Broken Compass Brewery is the perfect ending because after that ride you’re going to be thirsty. It has a casual dog-friendly atmosphere with family-style seating. The ski-lift seating contributes to the fun ski atmosphere. Rocky Mountain snowmelt water and creative brewers are what makes the Broken Compass’ beer special. Two favorite brews are the Coconut Porter and the Chili Pepper Pale Ale. A pint of the robust Coconut Porter, full of roasted organic coconut, and you’ll think you’re in Jamaica. The Chili Pepper Pale Ale combines five different chili peppers to provide a smooth brew with a nice heat, without burning our mouth.

Don’t worry about riding your bike back to town after drinking; Broken Compass has a free shuttle service that will return you to Breckenridge.

If You Go

Due to the elevation, pre-trip hydration is key. Start hydrating a few days before traveling with two to three liters of water per day. Continue to keep hydrated, throughout the trip.

Getting There

Fly into Denver International airport (DEN), Breckenridge is about 100 miles west of the airport. Once you’re in Breckenridge you won’t need a car, so choose from a variety of private shuttle van services that will take you from Denver International Airport to Breckenridge.

Camping

Hauling your camping gear can be a challenge, especially if you’re flying in. Ridden rents camping kits that have everything you’ll need to rough it, including the toilet paper. Come in with just your cowboy hat and cowboy boots; they’ll rent you the rest.

Getting Around

After biking, Breckenridge is a walkable town. Other alternatives are the Free Ride Transit system that provides rides around downtown and to the mountain. Various shuttles and a town trolley are also available, so no car, no worries.

What to Pack

Function is first in this relaxed mountain town. Jeans work even for a fine-dining dinner at a local restaurant. Dress in breathable layers and bring a jacket or sweater for cool evenings. Sunscreen and a hat are required. Raincoats are also a good thing to pack. Be sure to remember your bathing suit to enjoy hot tubs and water activities.


Written by Amy Piper from www.followthepiper.com





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