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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
Peaks Trail travels 8 miles in between Breckenridge and Frisco, Colorado through the verdant valley on the east side of the Tenmile Range.
The trailhead in Frisco is pretty much downtown, at the end of 2nd Avenue.
The Breckenridge trailhead is at the base of the ski resort, where free shuttles can take you into town. As either an out and back or a one way, it’s popular in the warm months for hiking and mountain biking and during the winter for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
The gradient is slight but fairly constant, traveling steadily uphill from Frisco toward Breckenridge. Most of the journey is through forest of spruce, fir, and aspen.
A creek runs alongside the trail for most of its length.
Expect variable terrain from packed dirt to rocks and mud, on trail that is mostly singletrack.
Occasional gaps reveal views of peaks above, but for the most part views are limited to the forest. Beginning from Frisco, the first highlight is Rainbow Lake which comes in just under a mile.
Enjoy views of surrounding hills and mountains reflected in its clear water.
A somewhat convoluted network of trails surround the lake, but Peaks Trail is the most well-traveled path.
It wraps around the west side of the lake and continues into the narrowing valley above, following the stream.
It crosses a few other trails en route to Breckenridge that give options for side hikes and alternative routes. At just over 3 miles the trail climbs out of the valley with the stream and begins to cross the slopes of the range, rolling gentle ups and downs in and out of smaller drainages.
The trail remains mostly in the forest, but a large clear cut area at about mile 4 grants wide vantage over northern Breckenridge in the valley below. The trail returns the cover of trees for the remaining 4 miles to Breckenridge.
It continues to dip in and out of muddy creeks on wooden footbridges, but in general the trail is less steep here than in the lower half near Frisco.
This is also the more crowded end of the trail, as out and backs from the ski resort are popular at all times of year.
Finish at the road right in front of the Grand Lodge, and return the way you came or catch a shuttle into town. Sources: https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7002524/peaks-trail https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/peaks-trail--2