Ten Mile Canyon Recpath

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The Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad, a narrow-gauge line that once linked Denver with Gunnison, served much of the Colorado Mineral Belt as an independent railroad from 1872 to 1889. A major spur branched off from the main line at Como, crossing the Boreas Pass to Breckenridge and the Fremont Pass between Frisco and Leadville. Three connecting trails now occupy segments of this spur: the Blue River Recpath from Breckenridge to south of Frisco; the Frisco-Farmers Korner Recpath through Frisco; and the Ten Mile Canyon Recpath from Frisco to Copper Mountain.

Traveling adjacent to Tenmile Creek and within sight of the many peaks of the Tenmile Range, the Ten Mile Canyon Recpath offers breathtaking scenery that will make you forget Interstate 70 is never more than a couple hundred feet away. From Frisco, the paved trail is a gradual uphill trek southward to Copper Mountain. Fremont Pass, marking the beginning of the descent to Leadville, is several miles south of Copper Mountain in the mining village of Climax. Turn around and head north to Frisco if it's downhill riding or running you desire!

At Copper Road in Copper Mountain, pick up the paved Vail Pass Recpath to travel west along I-70 to Vail Pass and the eastern outskirts of Vail. In Frisco, seamlessly join the Frisco-Farmers Korner Recpath to access additional trails in the Summit County Recreational Pathway System.

Parking and Trail Access

In Frisco, park just off I-70 (Exit 201) at a parking lot at the southern end of Forest Drive. If the lot is full, try parking on-street in town.

In Copper Mountain, park at the trailhead at the northern end of the frontage road, which ends at the junction of Tenmile Creek and West Tenmile Creek.


New Extension of Trail Near Copper Mountain

   July, 2014 by al_pine

7/21/14 - Trail has been extended on the East side of 10 Mile Creek to reduce traffic thru major trailhead. New trail follows the creek south about 1.3 miles to an intersection with Highway. A bridge across creek near the Entrance to Copper Mountain ...read more

Enjoyed the Climb

   September, 2013 by acewickwire

Labor Day Ride. Started at the Frisco end (exit 201) parking lot right next to the exit ramp coming from the West. Climbed all the way to the top of Vail Pass about a 1,600 ft. elevation change. Then enjoyed the great downhill back to start. A lot of ...read more

Beautiful Ride

   July, 2012 by gaoakleys

We took our bikes on the shuttle to the top of the pass, courtesy of Mountain View Sports. They will pick up at Keystone, Dillon, or Frisco. We paid $20 each in 2012. At the top of the pass it was a pretty long and steep downhill run and we were glad ...read more