10 Mile Traverse Info

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Gritz3000
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10 Mile Traverse Info

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Hey! I’m considering doing the 10-mile traverse in the next couple weeks. I found some pretty good trip reports on this site that cover the tougher sections on Peaks 1-4. It seems like things get pretty involved traversing from Peak 3-4, including a “knife edge.” I was wondering if anyone had photos or tips for the harder sections of the traverse. Thanks!
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You'll be mostly ridge proper but not entirely. If anything feels too hard or exposed, drop a little west. You can keep the difficulty at 3rd with maybe just a smattering of 4th. In dropping west, regain the ridge at the next best opportunity or you could end up in cliffier terrain.

2nd time I did it and stayed mostly ridge proper:
https://www.strava.com/activities/3651193763

1st time, stayed west a little too long between 3 and 4, you can see it in the gps track - don't do that:
https://www.strava.com/activities/1709459472
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It's been a few years but the traverse between Tenmile (Peak 2) and Peak 4 is the work. This shot makes it look spicey but you can definitely drop to the west (right) and keep it Class 3 - and relatively easy Class 3. You can pop back up onto the ridge if you want some Class 4 options, too.

I did the full Peaks 1 - 10 traverse once, but I've gone back since and cut down Peak 6 to the Far East Trailhead at Copper. I know it doesn't sound as cool, but beyond Peak 6 you're walking on the ski resort which is... fine. I really like the 1 - 6 traverse because it ends the adventure before it becomes a slog. If you're hiking with a buddy, leaving a car at Far East isn't a big drive, either.
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Note that you can do this without a car shuttle if you take Summit Stage back to Frisco from Breckenridge.

You can also do a shorter loop that ends after all the good scrambling without any kind of shuttle if you take the Miner's Trail down after Peak 5. Last time I descended off Peak 5 to Miner's Trail on the Frisco side, Peaks Trail past Rainbow Lake back to the car at the 2nd Ave lot.
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Thanks for the beta! Super helpful
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