Here's the deal. You're in downtown Breckenridge with the boys and want to check out some trails that are close. Where do you go? Just look to the west, and you see that big hump where the gondola climbs over? Well, that's the Shock Hill area, and nestled in those trees you'll find the Pence Miller trail, among others, that are stretched out between the Breckenridge Nordic Center and the Cucumber Gulch, wetlands area.
A sweet connector from the downtown area is the Morning Thunder trail, which is found next to the Mountain Thunder Lodge. A nice bachelor party ride could start in this area and (for the hardcore) extend the ride onto the Peaks trail, or even explore the trails on the mountain itself.
It's not a huge area, but you could stretch out a ride to an hour or two, especially if you stop to take photos, or smoke a cigar (yes, while mountain biking with the boys, it does happen). Stop and check out Josie's cabin, which lies next to the wetlands, and "just below to the left" using the photo as a point of reference.
Moose have been seen in the Cucumber Gulch area, so please use caution here. The gondola flies overhead as you explore trails you never knew existed where right under you this whole time. Explore this area, and get to know Breck like you never have before.
If you like this idea and want to talk to us about setting up this bachelor party with all the details, contact us with your group size, activities sought, and lodging preferences. We've got some great things planned, and we're just getting started!
>> Photos courtesy of Carl Scofield, a Breckenridge resident since 1981, freelance photographer since 1985, and currently is the Resident Artist in the Breckenridge Arts District’s Fuqua Livery Stable. Please visit www.carlscofield.com to learn more.