Summit County Colorado Hub Tour #1
September in Summit County, Colorado is a glorious time! Aspen and other trees and shrubs have begun their annual color change and there can be a chill in the air. Come and enjoy this season, as we take in the spectacular scenery as we bike miles of gently rolling paved dedicated paths near Lake Dillon during our tour.
Modest and gradual paths lead us to ski towns like Breckenridge and Keystone. The largest elevation change we ride ... is downhill on the final day on the beautiful path downhill from Vail Pass, through Frisco, and ending along the gold medal fly fishing Blue River.
This HUB STYLE TOUR takes place all in Summit County, home of world class ski resorts, friendly towns and 65 miles of paved bike paths affording us safe passage to many sights. Our lodging is in the town of Dillon at the family owned Ptarmigan Lodge, overlooking Lake Dillon and the Dillon Ampitheater directly by the bike path. We will explore each of the three tributaries that feed this beautiful lake including the charming towns they flow through. We will ride beside the stunning mountains of the Continental Divide and Tenmile and Gore Mountain Ranges.
Tour Leaders: Alan Brown and Patrick Elliott
- 4 overnight stays
- 4 breakfasts
- 1 lunch
- 1 dinner
- Sag support
We will gather at our hotel in Dillon for orientation, cocktails and snacks. You'll receive info about our first day of riding, meet riders and get acquainted with the surroundings.
15+ miles - The Dillon Reservoir was named for the original town that sat at the confluence of the Blue River, Ten Mile Creek and Snake River. There are structures in the area that were moved from the original town and a visit to the Historical Society Museum is recommended. Our location at Ptarmigan Lodge overlooks the lake with perfect access to the bike path and its many riding options. We will do a 15 mile round trip ride to Keystone up the gentle Snake River Valley following the river to River Run in Keystone. Additional miles if desired can be found right on the path. We will have an optional afternoon ride for anyone who's up for it.
15/30 miles – Heading west on the path we will cross the 5,888 foot long Dillon Dam and gaze north up the Blue River Valley. We will pedal through Heaton Bay Campground and the Frisco Marina on the way to Breckenridge, a famous ski town and old mining village. The trail follows the lake and then the Blue River Valley. “Breck” is a buzz of activity in the summer so plan on spending some leisure time for lunch and exploring before heading back Dillon on your bike or van shuttle option.
22 miles – Prepare yourself for a fun and scenic ride down from 10,500 ft elevation Vail Pass on the popular gradual paved rec path that offers views of the mountains to the east. We will pass thru Copper Mountain Ski Village. This ride follows the Ten Mile Creek. You will breeze down the path thru woodlands, creek crossings, mountain lakes and open meadows. OPTION: For those truly adventurous riders, bike UP to Vail Pass, then back down! After exploring Frisco for lunch you can head back to Dillon on the path at your leisure. We will celebrate our tour with dinner out at a local restaurant.
15 miles - Our morning ride will complete our compact tour of Summit County. We'll say "so long" for now!
Difficulty Level: Intermediate Plus
All of our routes on this tour utilize paved bike paths.
The Intermediate Plus difficulty rating is based on:
- Riding at high altitudes in mountain environments. Please spend a few days at this altitude before the tour to acclimate.
- Riding through population centers and negotiating turns, sharing the path with cyclists and walkers
- Downhill riding, using brakes for long periods for our ride down Vail Pass
Suggested bicycle: Touring bikes, road bikes, hybrids or mountain bikes
Suggested tire size for this tour: 25mm and larger
$1120 per person (based on double occupancy)
$240 – Single Supplement (extra price to have your own room)
Your Travel Plans
For this tour we meet people on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Ptarmigan Lodge, 652 Lake Dillon Drive, Dillon, CO 80435.
The trip ends on Sunday, September 12. All nights are spent at the same hotel.
If you are driving, meet us at our hotel. You can leave your car at hotel during our tour.
Your Lodging Plans
Your 4 nights of lodging from Wednesday, September 8 through Saturday, September 11 are included. We have made reservations for those nights. Your night’s lodging on the day the trip ends (Sunday, September 12) is not included. That night is at your expense and reservations for that night are your responsibility. We have not reserved any rooms for that night.