looking at biking in Winter Park? With so many trail options it's nearly impossible to pick our favorites but if you only have time to explore 1 trail during your Winter Park vacation these are some of our top picks for begineers, intermediate & advanced riders.
Fraser River Bike Trail
- Location: Winter Park - Fraser
- Difficulty: Easy
The family friendly Fraser River Trail is the perfect choice for a relaxing & beautiful ride for riders of all levels. The paved trail runs from Winter Park resort to the town of Winter Park and continues on all the way to the town Fraser, perhaps the most popular section of the trail is the 2 mile strectch from the resort to town. Great scenary with Bonus: Step right out our front door and you're on the trail! In town the sidewalk serves as the trail, as you head out of town the sidewalk becomes a wide paved path. Mild uphill grade as you ride to the resort but you're rewarded with a fun coast back down the trail to town. You can also choose to take the river trail through the town of Fraser and all the way to Granby. Finish with a maragarita at the Ditch restaurant, located directly above our shop.
Givelo Northwest Passage
- Location: Fraser
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: About 5 Miles
This is the perfect "get your feet wet" trail to start cross country riding, it's also a great trail for kids to join. A primarily flat trail with virtually no climbs and only minor obstacles (a few tree roots and rutted out spots) allow for a beautiful "intro to mountain biking" experience! From the rodeo grounds start out on the Givelo Trail, you will cross CR 50S and then continue on Givelo. The Givelo trail ends at Northwest Passage where you will take a right and ride on through a beautiful pine forest. When you hit CR 50 at the end of the Northwest Passage trail it's time to turn around and head back the way you came.
Get There: From Epic head towards the town of Fraser at the stoplight next to Safeway turn left then right at the another left on CR 73 continue on CR 73 until you see the High Stampede Rodeo Arena park here and jump on the Givelo Trail.
Creekside/ Flume Loop
- Location: Fraser
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Miles: 5.3
Creekside Flume is a great trail to try as an introduction to more intermedate mountain bike riding that offers great views of creeks and beaver ponds. the Creekside trail starts as a 2 track that turns into single track. The single track section of the trail involves slightly more technical riding as you navigate loose gravel, large rocks & winding turns. When you reach FS 159 veer left and look for the Flume trail...this is the fun part. The Flume trail decends at a moderate grade that will have you smiling as you twist through wooded forest & open meadows. A scenic overlook near the end of the trail provides excellent views of Byers Peak & St. Louis Creek. When you've had your fill of beauty continue onto the Chainsaw trail then turn left to take a bridge across the creek. One more left after the bridge then follow the road back to St. Louis Creek Campground where you started.
Get there: From Epic take Hwy 40 (main street) to the stoplight at the Safeway shopping center in Fraser and turn left. After you cross over the railroad tracks turn right. When you come to the stop sign on CR 73 turn left, continue on the road for about 2 miles. When you see signage for St. Louis Creek Campground turn left into that parking lot, access the trail from the parking lot.
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Blue Sky Loop
If you're pretty comfortable with cross country riding, The Blue Sky loop is one of our favorite trails and it's also 1 of the easiest trail heads to access right from our shop just park at the shop and bike up the road to the trail head!