When it comes to summer hiking, Breckenridge has it all. The cascading waterfalls, the seemingly endless fields of wildflowers, the serene alpine lakes, and all of it nestled in the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains. In layman’s terms, a trip to Breckenridge in the summertime isn’t truly complete without experiencing one of our world-class trails. In order for you to get the best hiking experience, we’ve compiled a short list of our absolute favorite summer hikes in Breckenridge that will get you to places beyond imagination.
This stunning alpine hike starts just south of the Town of Breckenridge, and leads up to a stunning mountain pass in between Peaks 8 and 9 on Breckenridge Ski Resort. On the way up, hiker’s will experience tremendous vista views of the Tenmile Range, pass multiple alpine lakes, and walk through fields of wildflowers (June and July are the best months for wildflower viewing) as they make there way past treeline towards the summit of the pass. As with all hiking trails, the length of the hike is entirely dependent on the hikers.
For directions to the trail from downtown Breckenridge and further details on the trail, please read the All Trails page on Wheeler Pass.
Mt Baldy Road and the Iowa Mill
Just across the valley from Breckenridge Ski Resort sits a mountain that every single person in town sees, but might not know much about. It’s appropriately named Bald Mountain or “Baldy” as locals call it, since many of its trees burned during the mining days. In addition to panoramic views of the Tenmile Range, this hike includes the Iowa Mining Mill, a historic gem from Breckenridge’s mining era that was used to process ore from the Carbonate Mine.
This stunning hike rises up out of the Blue River Valley and offers incredible 360 degree views of the surrounding mountain ranges once you’ve reached the ridge of Baldy Mountain. Tailor the hiking to your liking and make it as long or as short of an adventure as you choose. If you’re feeling adventurous (and are prepared), try to follow this trail all the way to the summit of this iconic 13er!
For directions and further details on the trail, please read Hiking Project’s page on Baldy Mountain.
It’s impossible to not mention Mohawk Lakes when talking about great hiking in Breckenridge. This hike is an absolute must for anyone visiting the area, as it packs everything great about hiking in Breckenridge into one trail. Not only will you walk past Breckenridge’s most stunning alpine lakes, but you will also pass the biggest/most impressive waterfall in Breckenridge: Continental Falls! Additionally, there is an old mining cabin along the trail between the lower and upper falls with remnants of a former cable car. The wide variety of terrain and scenery along the Mohawk Lakes Trail is what makes it so special. Don’t be surprised if you happen to see mountain goats near or along the trail, as this area is known for being a great place to spot them. If you haven’t been up to Mohawk lakes yet, put this on your priority list, as you will not be disappointed!
For directions and further details on this trail please visit the All Trails page on Mohawk Lakes.
All of the hikes listed in this article lead out into the alpine and above treeline. Be sure to check the forecast before you head out, start early, and make sure you are off the mountain before any afternoon thunderstorms start to develop. Always carry plenty of food and water for your journey, and always tell someone where you are going. Safety is everything in the mountains, and the more prepared you are, the more enjoyable your experience will be. Having a map of the area you are hiking can be a big help as well. Visit one of Breckenridge’s local gear shops like Mountain Outfitters for maps and information on trails and conditions.
Hope to see you out there on the trails!