When leaving Breckenridge to Copper Mountain you have 2 choices. 14(ish) miles up and over the 10 mile range topping off at 12,495ft, or a gentler approach via a paved bike path .. also about 14 miles.
I took the up and over path of the Colorado Trail…next time I’ll go around. Not so much because it’s so hard to do, but because other than scenery, there is no downhill reward. The trail is just too rough.
looking back at Breck
Looking ahead to the top of the ridge
Boulder field above timberline
Top of the 10 mile range
Copper Mountain ski area can be seen below