Classic Summit County Area Road Rides

Swan Mtn Climbing Lane

The west side of Swan Mountain Road fromSummit High School on Hwy 9 to Sapphire Point now has a dedicated bike climbing lane beside the uphill lane.

This dedicated lane is not wide enough for 2 way traffic and thus is for CLIMBINGONLY up to Sapphire Point from the high school. Use the normal car lane to descend down from Sapphire Point to Hwy 9.

Here are some of our favorite road rides in Summit County, Colorado and the surrounding areas. The maps & elevation profiles generally start from Breckenridge, Frisco, Keystone or Dillon as noted, although we've also included a few nearby favorites starting outside Summit County.Most of these can be ridden either direction or from anywhere in Summit County. Many of the segments, such as Breckenridge to Keystone and then Loveland Pass or Keystone to Montezuma, can be combined for longer distances & more challenging climbs.

We are in the mountains, so depending upon your preferences, there are some great climbs but not much in the way of flat riding just because there isn't much of anything flat in Summit County. If you are looking for a relatively flat ride, try the Frisco/Dillon or perhaps the Breckenridge/Frisco or Frisco/Keystone routes below.

The routes, distances, elevation profiles, etc., are for round trips on the out & back routes starting and finishing at the same point. In many cases you can ride one way and take the free Summit Stage bus service back to the start if so desired.

Of course many of these routes can be linked together for different starting points or other combinations.

Click on the route or elevation profile images in the route descriptions for larger views. Click the route map to see an interactive version of the route that can be zoomed, panned, etc., for detailed views, and GPX, etc files can be downloaded for use in Garmin bike computers and other GPS devices.

Other resources for area rides, rec path maps, etc. are theSummit Daily annual Summit County Bike Guide. Additionally, theRocky Mountain Cycling Club maintains a database with information on great climbs in all areas of Colorado, including Summit County, on their websitehere.

Around Lake Dillon

18 miles & 1,200' of climb around the lake. 31 miles & 1,600' of climb round trip from Breckenridge.

Breckenridge/Copper

30-mile round trip down to Frisco and up Tenmile Canyon to Copper Mountain Resort

Breckenridge/Frisco

Easy 20-mile ride on the Blue River Rec Path between Breck & Frisco.

Breckenridge/Keystone

Over Swan Mountain Road, around Lake Dillon or both. Take your pick on routes between these two ski resorts.

Copper Triangle

Beautiful and challenging loop ride starting at Copper Mountain Resort - 79 miles & 6,500' of climbing through Eagle, Lake & Summit Counties

Fremont Pass

The Tour de Tailing Ponds up to the Climax Moly mine or on to Leadville. 22 miles & 1,800' of climb from Copper Mountain

Frisco/Dillon

The ultimate easy cruiser ride across Dillon Dam. 13-mile round trip ride with 550' of climb on short rolling bike path hills.

Frisco/Keystone

Easy 27-mile ride around part of Lake Dillon and up to the Keystone Ski Resort.

Frisco/Silverthorne

This ride 15 mile round trip ride takes you down to the Silverthorne factory stores and on to Silverthorne's Town Hall.

Heeney Road/Green Mountain Reservoir

Moderately easy 22-mile round trip with 1,300' of rolling climb along the west and north sides of Green Mountain Reservoir

Idaho Springs/ Georgetown/ Bakerville

This is a nice early or late season ride covering 26 miles and 1,200' of relatively gentle climb from 7,500' up to 8,500'. Continuing through Silver Plume to Bakerville adds 14 miles and 1,420' of steeper climb up to an elevation of 9,800'.

Independence Pass

A great ride and climb in Lake County way above the tree line to 12,095', but take a jacket. A big climbing day if you go all the way to Aspen and back!

Keystone/Montezuma

11-mile round trip from Keystone up to the old mining town of Montezuma

Mt. Evans "Hill" Climb

This pure climb is 45 minutes east of Summit County, but at 28 miles and over 6,000' of climb to above 14,000' one way, it's big - really big!

Summit County Century

A tour of Summit County in 101 miles with 6,800' of climb. The route is from the 2013Circle the Summit Guthrie Memorial Ride century option.

Turquoise Lake

15-23 miles around Turquoise Lake just west of Leadville. Ride from Leadville out to the lake or all the way from Breckenridge and back for a challenging Century ride.

Ute Pass

This 32 mile ride and 5.3 mile climb rewards you with beautiful views of the Gore Range on the descent

Vail Pass Summit

24 miles & 1,550' of climb from Frisco or41 miles & 2,200' of climb from Breckenridge

Vail Village

The whole enchilada - but don't have one for lunch in Vail and expect to survive the climb back! 73 miles and almost 5,000' of climb if starting in Breckenridge.

Note also that Google Maps now has a cycling option that shows many of the nation's bike paths on its maps and in its directions, including the Summit County paths. Go to maps.google.com/biking for more info and maps.

2014 Summit Biking Inc.