Be Prepared

Hiking is one the most popular activities in Breck during the summer months—for good reason. There’s no better way to take in the views, the fresh mountain air and surrounding nature in this summer utopia. Following the pointers below will ensure a fantastic round trip experience. 

Pay attention to ability - most people are not used to hiking at 9,000 feet above sea level; the air is thinner and makes physical exertion more difficult. Make sure to read up on easy, moderate and difficult hiking trails to ensure the trail ability matches everyone in your group.

Bring plenty of water - Breckenridge is picturesque mostly due its elevation and vast views, but sits at a high altitude with very dry air. Sweat evaporates from the body at a much faster rate, so continual replenishment of fluid is essential. Ensure that you and those in your party have plenty of water.

Prepare for any weather - in the mountains, the weather can change very quickly so always be prepared for different conditions while on the trail. Tips include layering clothes and bringing a raincoat.

Good hiking shoes and socks are essential - a good pair of hiking shoes and socks can be the difference between a marvelous, exhilarating experience and a difficult hike with sore feet and blisters as a souvenir.

Bring sunscreen - even though the air can be crisp and cool, the sun shines more intensely in high elevations than at lower elevations. Make sure to bring sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply often.

Be courteous - many trails in Breckenridge are multi-use trails and shared by hikers, bikers and even horseback riders. Bikers must yield to hikers and horseback riders. Announce yourself when approaching. Remember, a little friendliness can go a long way.

Stay on the trail - going off the trail--even a little bit--can damage or destroy sensitive areas. Please respect the trail system and stay on marked trails.

Plan ahead - always leave hiking information with a friend before going on an adventure. Arrange to call that person by a certain time after the hike. That way. if there is an issue, someone knows where you are.

Pick up after your dog - it's the law in Summit County and the right thing to do.

Leave no trace - if a trail is muddy or closed in the springtime, don't use it. Get dirty; never create detours around mud to ensure the trail doesn’t increase its footprint.

No dogs in Cucumber Gulch – this wildlife preserve is located underneath the Breck Connect Gondola, shortly after the uphill Shock Hill Station. This area is a protected wetlands area with critical habitat. No pets please.

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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