Starting at 9,712 ft (2,960 m) enjoy a quick trot through Copper Mountain in approach to the Ten Mile Range. From there, you will continue on the Wheeler Trail for a high exposure alpine climb to the saddle of peaks 8 and 9. Day 1 has 3500 ft (915 m) of elevation gain, but oh the views you will see.
After descending through high-alpine wild flower meadows you will be greeted at checkpoint #1 just at tree line. Take a break and enjoy the views of Lake Dillon.
Just a quick stroll down into Breckenridge and you will arrive at campsite #1. Day 1 is complete! This is your hardest day, so get some well deserved rest.
Leave the camp and head out into Breckenridge ski area. Steadily cruise through single track en route to checkpoint #2 at the boundary of Breckenridge.
Once you’ve conquered le tour de Breckenridge, continue on the Peaks trail for a moderate hike through the eastern base of the Ten Mile Range. Descend down into Gold Hill for Camp #2. Relax!
Rise and shine, day 3 is sure to bring another spectacular high-alpine climb. From camp 2 you will asend Gold Hill through pine forests, aspen groves, and multiple river crossings. Just before treeline you arrive at checkpoint #3. This is your last checkpoint before the peak 6 ascent, so refuel and fill your hydration.
Buckle up trekkers, from checkpoint 3 you will start your bumpy ascent up peak 6. The single track trail will switchback up high-alpine medows till you reach the ridgeline. Make sure to stop and enjoy the panoramic view at the top, you deserve it! Hold on for your final descent back down into Copper Mountain. You've made it! Now its time for a cold beverage at the Trekkers Inn and some serious high fiving. Your Classic USA journey is complete.