FATMAP difficulty grade
The B&B Mine Trailhead is one of the premier starting points for human powered winter recreation.
From snowshoeing to nordic skiing to fat biking, all over snow users can find something to love in this zone.
A myriad of loop options are available depending on how much traffic has packed in the trails.
While it appears that the town may groom a few of the lower trails in this area, in general the singletrack gets packed down due to sheer human traffic.
Due to how narrow these trails are, this area is ideal for backcountry nordic skiing. The singletrack trails, such as Turk’s and Upper Turk’s, wind through a deep forest with gorgeous, towering pine trees.
In general the trail is easy to follow, but if you’re getting out right after a storm you may need to break trail.
Up high, the singletrack breaks out into breathtaking meadows buried in snow, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the mine across the road.
Upper Turk’s runs into Sally Barber, a wide road grade (not open to motor vehicles in the winter) that’s even more popular with all sorts of human-powered winter trail users.
Here, the climbing continues in earnest, but after just a couple of miles you’ll top out at the Sally Barber Mine, from whence the road gets its name. The views from the mine are simply stunning! If you want to stop, take a few photos, and eat lunch, this is the place to do it.
Sally Barber road drops quickly down to the gate and trailhead.
Just past the trailhead, look for the singletrack on your right, and descend a series of tight switchbacks.
It’s easy to tell that no groomer has been through this trail. A right turn at the bottom will take you to V3—a singletrack trail that’s steeper and more exposed than than the trails you’ve been on thus far.
Based on my experience here, this trail also gets less traffic overall, which means you may need to break trail. Above and beyond this loop there are even other options in this zone for fantastic nordic skiing, depending on how long it’s been since the last big snowstorm.
So strap on your skis and layer up, and be prepared to revel in Breckenridge’s winter beauty!