This route is similar to the Soda Creek Loop but adds on some extra mileage and gets you up to a higher vantage point. The loop takes you from Keystone and out to Tiger Road in Breckenridge and then back into Summit Cove.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
On Red Trail
, there is a marshy section that gets very wet in the spring and after a hard rain. On the Colorado Trail there is a section with a lot of stumps that could catch you off guard if you aren't paying attention.
Starting from the trailhead across from the Elementary School in Summit Cove, hike through the greenbelt to Summit Drive and then take a right onto Vail Circle. Follow Vail Circle around until you see a dirt road that heads towards the Golf Course. Follow the obvious trail up the hill until you reach the main trail at the top called the Keystone Aqueduct Trail
, follow this trail for about a mile. Once you've gone a mile the Aqueduct trail ends at the road, and another trail heads back up the hill to the left. The trail to the left is Soda Ridge Trail
, take that and follow it another 2.5 miles to the intersection between Soda Ridge and Red Trail
. Take a left on Red Trail
and follow that across a meadow, through a marsh and finally around a corner to where the climb starts.
Climb Red Trail
around quite a few switchbacks for about 3 miles until you reach the Colorado Trail Junction. Take a right here onto the Colorado trail heading south towards Breckenridge. The trail descends here for a half mile and then rolls back up before descending down switchbacks to Horseshoe Trail
. At the junction take a right onto Horseshoe Trail
and follow Horseshoe Trail
past the junction for Blair Witch and Hay Trail
back to the Soda Creek Loop.
Follow Soda Creek Trail
past two junctions until you reach the split by the fence. Go straight up the hill from the fence and follow the trail as it curve to the right. This trail will lead you back down into Summit Cove. To connect the start and finish you can park a car here, or hike from here back up the hill to your car near the Keystone Aqueduct Trail