June 28, 2006
To me, this ride turned out to just not have enough fun to justify the amount of climbing that you do. You spend a lot of effort to get to the top of the pass only to go straight down to the treeline, burning off lots of hard-earned altitude while sitting in the seat and squeezing the brakes. Once below tree line the trail follows the terrain more, but while it is a pretty fun downhill, it isn't anything special. Before you know it you are at Copper Mountain wondering why you spent all that time grinding your way to the top. If you like high-alpine adventures, or are into climbing, then this might be fun for you, but for me it just wasn't worth the effort. To get your downhill fix in Breck, head out Tiger Road and hit the Colorado Trail or the Red Trail, or ride down the Peaks Trail. Those are way more fun for the effort. Btw, the Peaks Trail now essentially dead ends at the trail head on American Way (the road up to Peak 8). There is development being done where the trail used to go on the south side of the road. You will need to take a right (uphill) and just go to the Peak 8 base area, or do some bushwacking to find your way thru on the Nordic Center trails.