Road and Trail Running in and around Frisco
Running at 9,097 feet above sea level can be challenging, but rewarding, because a run in or around Frisco will afford views in every direction and interesting non-urban terrain.
For those who enjoy running on a beautiful stretch of road, the Summit County Recreational Pathway, over 55 miles of recreational paths wind around and through Frisco and Summit County, connecting the neighboring communities of Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Dillon, and Keystone Resort. The Summit County Recreational Pathway network is open to diverse, non-motorized uses such as biking, roller blading, running and walking so please expect and respect other users. The pathway even connects to many, many more miles of paved pathways in Vail/Eagle County or provides access to off road trails.
FRISCO PAVED PATHWAYS
The Town of Frisco maintains 12 miles of paved pathways that are within town limits. The rec paths in Frisco take you through and around town, go past the trailhead to historic Mason Town, past an interpretive nature preserve area, and connect you to the Summit County Recreational Pathway System at a number of locations. Click here for a map of paved pathways in and around Frisco.
HOW TO ACCESS THE RECREATION PATHS
The Recreation Path is accessible throughout Summit County. Here are a few suggestions:
- Leave your car wherever you are staying in Frisco or throughout Summit County and bike to the Recreation Path. Parking areas are often busy, and that’s no way to start a relaxing ride. Frisco is only 1.8 square miles in size so you are sure to be very close to the Recreation Path no matter where you are.
- If you must take your car to access the Recreation Path, here a few suggestions for parking areas:
- Dillon Dam Road has a number of parking areas for day use close to the Recreation Path.
- The Towns of Frisco and Dillon have parking close to the Recreation Path but both the Frisco Bay Marina and Dillon Marina have parking areas that tend to fill very quickly so please avoid the Marina lots.
- The Towns of Breckenridge and Silverthorne also have parking close to the Recreation Path.
- There is trailhead parking at the Dillon Nature Preserve, Sapphire Point on Swan Mountain Road, intersection of Highway 9 and Swan Mountain Road, and intersection at Highway 6 and Swan Mountain Road.
Pro tip – Plan your Recreation Path adventure for earlier in the day or later when it is quieter and try to avoid weekends or holidays. Is trailhead parking full? Move on to a different spot or figure out a different adventure because being outside is all about relaxation!
For those who prefer the feel of dirt beneath their feet, whether it’s on gorgeous single track or old mining roads, Frisco is surrounded on three sides by National Forest (75% of Summit County is public land) and trails which are great to hike and mountain bike are also great for trail running.
Don’t let snow deter you from running in Frisco during the winter. Many folks run all winter utilizing shoes with great traction, Yak Trax or snowshoes. After all, Colorado is known for its sunny days year-round so getting out for a run in the winter can feel like a slice of magic.
Frisco also hosts many road and trail running events including an off-road triathlon, Run the Rockies Series, and even an event for kids, the Mountain Goat Kid’s Trail Running Series.