Difficult Hiking Trails

Challenge yourself and plan to conquer one of these difficult hikes while visiting Breck. As always, ensure you are prepared for the adventure you plan.

For a full listing of all the excellent trails located in the area, download the Breckenridge Summer Trails Map at www.townofbreckenridge.com. A hardcopy of the map is available at the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 S. Main St.) or at local retailers. Proceeds from the sale of the printed trail map go directly to trail building and open space maintenance efforts. To ensure the trail of choice is open and clear of snow and construction, view Breck trail conditions here. 


Note: The following hiking directions begin from the corner of Main Street and Ski Hill Road/Lincoln Avenue.

Quandary Peak

Simply the best view in Summit County. One of Colorado’s 53 “Fourteeners” (peaks with an elevation above 14,000 feet), Quandary Peak is the crown jewel of hiking around Breckenridge.


Distance: 6 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 3,305 feet

Directions: From the intersection of Main Street and Ski Hill Road/Lincoln Avenue drive south on Highway 9 approximately 8 miles to Blue Lakes Road (No. 850). Turn right and then turn right onto County road 851. Drive on County road 851 for .1 miles to the marked trailhead.

Wheeler National Recreation Trail


A long and difficult trail with great rewards. Crossing the Ten Mile Range at nearly 12,500 feet, this trail offers scenery and history.


Distance: 10 miles one way

Elevation Gain: 2,250 feet

Directions: Two cars are required for this hike. Leave one car at the trail’s end. From the intersection of Main Street and Ski Hill Road/Lincoln Avenue, drive south on Highway 9 approximately 9 miles to Interstate 70 and take the westbound exit. Follow I-70 for 7 miles to Copper Mountain, exit 195. Cross the bridge over the highway and immediately turn left into the Vail Pass/Ten Mile Canyon bikeway parking area. Drive the second car to the trailhead. From the intersection of Main Street and Ski Hill Road/Lincoln Avenue drive south on Highway 9 approximately 8 miles to Blue Lakes Road (No. 850). Turn right and then turn right onto County road 851. Drive on County Road 851 for 2 miles. The trail intersects the road just right of a sharp left turn in the road.

Crystal Lakes

A short steep climb to two alpine lakes above timberline.


Distance: 4 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 1,000 Feet

Directions: From the intersection of Main Street and Ski Hill Road/Lincoln Avenue drive south on Highway 9 approximately 2.5 miles to Spruce Creek Road (No. 800). Turn right and bear left after .1 miles. Proceed 1.2 miles to the trailhead.

Peaks Trail

A great trail for a hot day! Walk this shaded trail through pine forests all the way from Breckenridge to Frisco. Take advantage of the Summit Stage Transit to loop back to Breckenridge or leave a second car at the end of the trail in Frisco. 


Distance: 8.5 miles one way

Elevation Gain: 450 feet; 850 foot loss.

Directions: Two cars are required for this hike. Leave one car at the trail’s end. From the intersection of Main Street and Ski Hill Road/Lincoln Avenue drive south on Highway 9 approximately 8 miles to County Road 1004 at the traffic light. Turn right and go .1 miles, then turn right on Miners Creek Road. Immediately go left and continue .15 miles to the trailhead parking. Drive the second car to the trailhead. From the intersection of Main Street and Ski Hill Road/Lincoln Avenue drive west on Ski Hill Road for 2.3 miles to the signed trailhead on the left.

For more information on what to do during the summer, contact the Breck Information Specialists at (877) 864-0868. While in town, stop by the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S. Main Street. You can also fill out our activity request form to receive more information or view, download or order the Breck Connection Vacation Planner.

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