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Locals' Favorites: Fall Foliage Hikes, Bikes and Drives


Fall is one of my favorite times of year in Summit County. The aspens turn a stunning golden color and light up all of the trails and streets. And, we are often blessed with an “indian summer” where we can enjoy sunshine filled days and outdoor summer activities well into October. Yes, we might see our first snowfall mid-September, but typically it comes and goes and we keep playing. If it doesn’t, we just break out the skis and snowboards early! Here are a few of my favorite hikes, bike rides and scenic drives not to miss in Summit County this fall:


Trails/Roads for fall foliage:

  • Aspen Alley

    • Skill Level: Intermediate

    • Distance: 1.3 miles one way or 2.6 round trip

    • Elevation gain: 519’

    • Terrain: Single Track

    • Accessible for: Hiking, Mountain Biking


  • Frisco Peninsula Lakeshore Loop

    • Skill Level: Intermediate

    • Distance: 6.1 miles

    • Elevation gain: 217’

    • Terrain: 95% Single Track

    • Accessible for: Hiking, Mountain Biking


  • Boreas Pass Road & Optional Baker’s Tank Single Track

    • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate if you take the single track back

    • Distance: 6 miles

    • Elevation gain 617’

    • Terrain: 0-50% single track - you can walk, ride or drive out and back on the road or ride/walk out on the road and then take the single track back

    • Accessible for: Hiking, Mountain Biking or Driving (stay on road please)


  • Lily Pad Lake Trail

    • Skill Level: Beginner

    • Distance: 3.3 miles

    • Elevation Gain: 396’

    • Accessible for: Hiking


Remember, our fall weather will change quickly so always be prepared with plenty of layers, a rain jacket and sunscreen. As always, if you have any questions on any trails or need a hiking or biking buddy, please don’t hesitate to reach out!


Happy Trails!

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