This is a classic out and back trail that you can start from either Frisco or Breckenridge. This trail description starts at the... more » trailhead near Main St. in Frisco.
Directions: Frisco is about 70 miles from Denver. Take I70 West from Denver. Drive about 70 miles to exit 203. Go south on Route 9. In about 1 mile, the intersection with Main St. will be on your right. Turn right onto Main St, going west. Follow Main St to 2nd Avenue. Turn left (south) on to 2nd Avenue and follow this until it ends in the parking lot to the trailhead for the Peaks Trail and Rainbow Lake.
Prescribed trail: From the trailhead, follow the singletrack as it heads south. The entire Peaks Trail is easy to follow and is well signed. At 0.6 miles, you will see the first "Trail" sign. At 0.9 miles, you will arrive at Rainbow Lake (POI #2). Enjoy the view. Continue following the singletrack past the lake and at 1.1 miles the singletrack dumps you out onto a jeep road junction. This is the junction with Miners Creek Road and the Peaks Trail (POI #3). Cross the road and you will see the sign for the Peaks Trail. Follow this singletrack as it parallels the Miners Creek Road. At 3 miles, you will come to an intersection with the Gold Hill trail on your left. Do not take this. Continue on the Peaks Trail toward Breckenridge/Miners Creek Trail (POI #4). At 3.3 miles you will come to another intersection with the Miners Creek Trail. Follow the sign for the Peaks Trail toward Breckenridge (POI #5). At around 4.2 miles the trail opens up to a meadow (POI #6). Continue following the Peaks Trail. At 7.4 miles you will cross the Cucumber Creek jeep road (unmarked; POI #7). You are near the finish of the trail. Continue on the singletrack and at 8.1 miles the trail dumps you out onto a jeep road and the Peaks Trailhead Parking lot near Breckenridge Ski Resort, near Peak 7 off of Ski Hill Road. This is the end of the trail. Turn around and return the way you came.
Length of trail: 16.2 miles out and back (8.1 miles one way)
Elevation gain: 1690 feet (out and back)
Starting elevation: about 9100 feet
Highest elevation: about 10,200 feet less «