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Tenmile Meadows Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,200 Feet (2867.8 Meters) in Frisco
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,000 Feet (623.4 Meters) approximate
Ending Elevation: 11,200 Feet (3491.3 Meters) approximate
Length: 5.0 Miles (8.0 Kilometers) From Frisco
Usage: Light to Moderate
USGS Maps: Frisco




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General Description

The Tenmile Meadows Trail is located south of Frisco. The Peaks and Miners Creek Trails are followed to reach Tenmile Meadows, at the base of Tenmile Peak and Peak 3. Expect mountain bikers and vehicles near Rainbow Lake. While passing around this lake, watch for the small hiker symbols located at questionable intersections. These will direct you along the correct trail.

The gently rolling Peaks Trail takes the hiker around the West Shore of Rainbow Lake, before connecting with the Miners Creek Trail. From this junction, it is a 2 mile gradual climb through evergreen forest to the open meadows at the base of Tenmile Peak and Peak 3. Spectacular views of these peaks and of the Front Range make this area an excellent lunch or camping area.

A primitive trail continues from the meadow to cross the Tenmile Range. Hikers interested in a longer, more challenging trip should consult the Miners Creek Trail for more information.

Directions from Frisco: Access #1: From the Frisco Main Street exit #201, proceed toward town. A short distance from the interchange, turn right into a parking area for the Ten Mile Canyon bike path. Park here and take the bike path toward Frisco. Travel for approximately 1/2 mile along the bike path, to where the Peaks Trail takes off on the right (roughly Second Street). Look across the small clearing for a blue diamond on a tree, marking the start of the Peaks Trail. Follow the Peaks Trail (marked with blue diamonds) for approx 3 miles until you reach the junctions with the Miners Creek Trail. Take the Miners Creek Trail to the meadows beneath Tenmile Peak.Access #2: Travel 0.4 miles south of Frisco on Highway 9. Turn right at the State and County Maintenance Facility (there is a small sign for the Rainbow Lake Trailhead) and continue down this road following the blue diamonds. Past Rainbow Lake, the road becomes a 4WD road only, which after approximately 3 miles comes to the Miners Creek junction. From there, walk up the Miners Creek Trail to Tenmile Meadows.

Directions from Vail: Travel 25 miles east on I-70 to the first Frisco exit (#201). From the exit, proceed toward town. A short distance from the interchange, turn right into a parking area for the Ten Mile Canyon bike path. Park here and take the bike path toward Frisco. Travel for approximately 1/2 mile along the bike path, to where the Peaks Trail takes off on the right (roughly Second Street). Look across the small clearing for a blue diamond on a tree, marking the start of the Peaks Trail. Follow the Peaks Trail (marked with blue diamonds) for approx 3 miles until you reach the junctions with the Miners Creek Trail. Take the Miners Creek Trail to the meadows beneath Tenmile Peak.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel 34 miles east on I-70 to the first Frisco exit (#201). From the exit, proceed toward town. A short distance from the interchange, turn right into a parking area for the Ten Mile Canyon bike path. Park here and take the bike path toward Frisco. Travel for approximately 1/2 mile along the bike path, to where the Peaks Trail takes off on the right (roughly Second Street). Look across the small clearing for a blue diamond on a tree, marking the start of the Peaks Trail. Follow the Peaks Trail (marked with blue diamonds) for approx 3 miles until you reach the junctions with the Miners Creek Trail. Take the Miners Creek Trail to the meadows beneath Tenmile Peak.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 1999-06-22 18:16:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Tenmile Meadows
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Tenmile Meadows
Yes



Related Activities
Heaton Bay Campground - Heaton Bay Campground has 72 sites. It is located between Dillon and Frisco on Dillon reservoir. Heaton Bay has one handicapped accessible site.

Miners Creek Trail - Miners Creek trail stretches from Frisco, up along the top of the Tenmile Range, then down to Copper Mountain. It can be accessed at either end.

Peak One Campground - Peak One Campground is located along Dillon Reservoir between Frisco and Breckenridge. This campground offers numerous services and facilities.

Peaks Trail - The Peaks Trail connects the towns of Frisco and Breckenridge, along the lower portions of the Tenmile Range. It is a popular mountain bike route.

Pine Cove Campground - Pine Cove Campground is located along Dillon Reservoir between Frisco and Breckenridge in the Peninsula Recreation Area.

Prospector Campground - Prospector Campground is the largest on the Dillon Ranger District. It is located near Dillon Reservoir, between Breckenridge and Keystone. Prospector has one handicapped accessible site.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Summit County Chamber of Commerce, 011 S. Summit Blvd. , Frisco, CO, 80443, Phone: 800-530-3099, Fax: 970-668-1515

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