Breckenridge Bike Guide: B&B Trail (video)
SUMMIT COUNTY — If only every drive on Interstate 70 were as fun as B&B Trail. Found on the south side of French Gulch, the trail runs parallel to the titular gulch and acts as a connector for nearly a half-dozen trails, including great connector rides like Turk’s and V3. Think of those trails as backcountry off-ramps, with B&B as the fast and flowy interstate running through the middle.
But unlike I-70, B&B Trail has very few steep climbs or harrowing descents. The mix of double-track and singletrack is dotted with enough roots and rocks to keep your adrenaline flowing, and like its neighboring arteries the trail passes by abandoned mines and mining equipment from the late 1880’s, all on the way to dredge rock rollercoasters at the start and finish. This is Breckenridge mountain biking at its best — and it gets even better in winter for fat biking.
The French Gulch area is a hot spot for mountain bikers, hikers and moto riders (on the road). Always look a few turns ahead on descents and watch out for dogs.
All trails in the area are well-marked and maintained throughout the summer, but watch for loose, sandy dirt on descents and in sharp corners from July to the end of the season. No overnight parking is allowed at any of the trailheads along French Gulch Road.
B&B is a relatively forgiving out-and-back trail at 1.5 miles with just under 300 feet of vertical gain. It’s also easy to access, which makes it a perfect intro ride for kids.
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Like most of the French Gulch routes, B&B has two main trailheads. The first is on the west end of the trail and can be accessed from the B&B parking lot, found about 2 miles up French Gulch Road. The second is on the east end, found about 3 miles up the road directly across from the Reiling Dredge Trailhead lot (the starting point for Minnie Mine, Side Door and more).
Both routes are enjoyable, but the starting direction all depends on your style of riding. If you’re a climber, start from the westernmost trailhead. If you’re a descender, start at the easternmost.
From the easternmost trailhead, turn off French Gulch Road onto a short and tight section of singletrack that parallels the gulch. It crosses a bridge after a few hundred yards and leads to the first taste of dredge rock. Power through this for another another 200-300 yards to a brief, steep climb. Bear right at the junction with Turk’s to stay on B&B.
The trail then weaves over double-track and wide singletrack for 0.75 miles. Halfway through is a stop overlooking the Reiling dredge boat, one of more than a dozen abandoned structures left by Breck’s founding miners. The gulch and surrounding dredge remains are visible through pine trees for almost the entire ride, broken up by only a few brief sections that lead away from the gulch.
After leaving the dredge boat overlook, the trail continues on for another 0.5 miles, passing the V3 turnoff and another Turk’s connector along the way. The final stretch weaves down a mellow hillside before popping out in a dredge rock gully directly behind the B&B Trailhead lot. Ride back up French Gulch Road to your car.
B&B Trail and the remaining French Gulch trails (X10U8, Minnie Mine, Turk’s, V3, etc.) are all accessible by French Gulch Road. From Breckenridge, head east on County Road 450 and bear right at the junction with Forest Hills Drive. Continue another 1/2 mile over several speed bumps to the stop sign. Take French Gulch Road and continue through the neighborhood until the road turns to dirt. From there, drive about 1 mile to the B&B Trailhead lot. Parking is on the right in the dredge rock field.
Editor’s note: This article first published in June 2015 and is annually updated for accuracy.
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