Hiking Project Logo

blue Peaks Trail

  4.4 ( 19 ) Favorite


8.0 mile 12.9 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,213' 370 m
Descent: -307' -93 m
High: 10,165' 3,098 m
Low: 9,088' 2,770 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)


Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Michael Ahnemann

A popular trail for good reasons. It's a rolling forested trail with diverse singletrack.

Michael Ahnemann

Features -none-


The Peaks trail is one of the most well-known mountain biking trails in Summit county, but it's a good hike as well. It's no surprise - this trail has something for just about everyone. There are some great big mountain views at the halfway point of the hike, and it's long enough with a bit of climbing to make it feel like a huge journey out and back, or a manageable one if you shuttle, or take a bus from one end to the other.

Need to Know

This is a busy trail with both mountain bike and run/hike traffic. It is great in either direction, so start in either Breckenridge or Frisco.


You'll start out from the trailhead at the end of 2nd Ave. in Frisco. Just continue driving all the way down 2nd Ave until you see the obvious trailhead - there are usually a bunch of cars parked there. The trail is fairly obvious, but not well-marked here. Just a heads up, the trails around Rainbow lake are a tangled mess and not signed very well or not at all. Just take the trails that feel more traveled and it's fairly easy to stay on the right track. The Hiking Project mobile app would be helpful here as well.

Rainbow lake is under a mile from the start of the start, and it's a scenic spot to regroup and hang out for a bit. After this, the trail gets a bit more technical for a while, as it dives into the woods over roods and rocks. When it's wet or damp (often), it can be quite slippery in here!

There are a few places where other trails branch off from this one. One is the Gold Hill trail on the left about 3 miles in, and the other is the Miners Creek Trail just past that on the right. Just stay straight and follow this trail the whole way - it's easy to follow.

About halfway along, you'll reach the high point of the hike. There's a bench with a nice lookout to the east. After that, some big clearcut logging has drastically changed the character of the trail for about a mile. Views are now wide-open, and the trail is still recovering from the operations there.

Shortly after that, you'll head back into the woods, and twist around on a very fun section of trail. There are some bridge crossings over mostly swampy mud. The concentration of trail users is often heavier here as you near Breckenridge, so be alert.

Just a bit more up and down over the last mile - nothing too steep, and you'll pop out near Peak 7 at Breck.


Rate This Featured Hike

Rate Quality

   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Hike

Check In


Jun 1, 2019
Adam Lungren
Nov 2, 2018
Artem Vovk
A bit slushy 25.8mi
Sep 11, 2018
Dirk Stugg
Jul 13, 2018
Andrea Cunningham
Six of us 7.8mi
Jun 25, 2018
Peter K-S
Jun 16, 2018
Jeremy Moser
Really enjoyed this hike from Breck to Frisco. There was quite a lot of mountain bike traffic on a Saturday afternoon, but not too much to be annoying 8mi
Jun 11, 2018
Kimberly McLaurin
May 14, 2018
James H
With mum and dad. Hiked for about an hour in, had lunch, hiked back. A great gentle trail that goes out into the woods. No views though... 3mi

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 19 votes


  4.4 from 19 votes
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star


in Colorado


392 Views Last Month
7,715 Since Mar 15, 2015
Intermediate Intermediate



Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking