A trail of contrasts and diversities, the Frisco Peninsula Lakeshore Loop near Frisco, Colorado offers a quintessential Rocky Mountain cycling experience for both beginners and more advanced riders. Here's a closer look at what you can expect from this varied trail network.
Coming from the east of Frisco, take the first exit for Frisco and proceed down Highway 9 towards Breckenridge. Turn left when you see the sign for Frisco Peninsula Recreation Center. Ample parking is available near the fields. The trailhead begins up a steep hill off a paved bike path, marked by a small 4x4 trail.
When riding with novices or younger family members, the 6-mile singletrack section offers a gentle introduction to mountain biking.
Rated as a 5-star green trail, it offers a scenic playground for beginners to hone their skills, providing enough obstacles to keep it engaging without overwhelming new riders. It's not just a simple green trail; it's a green trail with a panoramic advantage over many other beginner routes.
While the trail is often considered 'basic' by Summit County standards, it does offer various trails branching off from the main loop. Many of these begin as double tracks but eventually narrow into challenging single tracks with 'baby head' rocks and off-camber turns. Although the descents are not as daring as some other local options, the trail offers enough technical aspects to keep more experienced riders engaged.
The trail's most notable benefit is its accessibility. Given its location near downtown Frisco, riders can easily integrate a quick ride into a busy day or simply opt for multiple laps to extend the experience.
For those accustomed to the dramatic descents and high-altitude challenges of Summit County, the Frisco Peninsula Lakeshore Loop may seem underwhelming. However, the easy access and divergent trail types make it an excellent option for family outings or warm-up rides. It might not be the star of the Summit County trail network, but it's a solid supporting actor that deserves its spot in the local mountain biking scene.