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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.
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.
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