Breckenridge’s stellar network of summer singletrack mountain biking trails transforms into a winter wonderland of snowshoe trails when the snow falls. Ditch Main Street and leave your worries behind. Nothing beats the serenity and solitude of donning a pair of snowshoes for a relaxing day in the woods. Here’s a trio of easy Breckenridge snowshoe trails to get you started on your next adventure.
1. South Illinois Creek Trail
Getting there: Go South on Main Street, hang a left on Boreas Pass Road. Travel on Boreas Pass for 1,400 feet. Take a right into the second entrance of the parking lot next to the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. The trailhead is in the Southeastern corner of the parking lot, farthest away from the ice rink.
Worth the trip: This is one of the closest snowshoe trails to town. Start your trek on South Illinois High before quickly jumping on the Blue River Bike Path. Go for a little more than a half-mile before hanging a quick left (there isn’t a sign but it’s clearly visible). A quick climb will lead to a great overlook of Breckenridge, complete with a wooden bench. Bring a sack lunch or a bottle of wine to enhance the outing and the ambiance. For your return, hop on the Southside Trail for a bit more distance or head back the way you came for a solid out-and-back experience.
Duration: 1-2 hours
2. Boreas Pass Road
Getting there: This trail begins at the Baker’s Tank Trailhead Parking Lot on Boreas Pass Road. To get to this parking lot from downtown Breckenridge, take Main Street south until you hit the Boreas Pass Road intersection. Take a left onto Boreas Pass Road at the traffic light and follow the road until it ends at the parking lot. You can take the road for as long as you wish: The trail/road actually continues all the way to the Continental Divide. Note: It’s 6.2 miles to the top where the historic Section House and Ken’s Cabin sit.
Worth the trip: This trail provides elevated views of Breckenridge as well as the entire Mosquito Range and Tenmile Range. It is also one of the best sunset viewing spots in all of Summit County.
Duration: Depends on how far you choose to go.
3. B&B Trail
Getting there: Take a left onto Wellington Road from North Main Street. Continue on Wellington until you arrive at the French Gulch Road intersection. Stay right and drive slowly through the neighborhood before passing Country Boy Mine. The trailhead and parking lot are on the righthand side of the road.
Worth the trip: Not only is this trail close to town, but it also quickly transports you back to the early mining days of Breckenridge with mound after mound of tailings piles and relics from the past. Saunter through the wintry woods for close to a mile before coming to a junction. Take a left to continue on the loop or hang a right to extend your day on Turk’s Trail before joining up with Sallie Barber Road. On your return trip, stop and check out the historic Reiling Dredge and enjoy the views of peaks 6 and 7 of Breckenridge Ski Resort in the distance.
Duration: 1-3 hrs depending on route
All you need is snowshoes
Hit up Mountain Outfitters at 112 South Ridge St. or Alpine Sports at 435 North Park Ave. to get your gear. Both stores offer full-day rentals, including snowshoes and trekking poles, for less than $20.
Guided adventures on snowshoe trails & more
Breckenridge is home to two Nordic centers that together boast more than 50 kilometers of groomed classic, skate and snowshoe trails. If you’d prefer to explore the snowshoe trails with a guide, visit the Breckenridge Nordic Center or the Gold Run Nordic Center. Additionally, locals that make up Colorado Adventure Guides offer guided trips that can take our your group out for adventure. Looking to kick up the pace? Check out some top winter activities in Breckenridge, as well as tips on skiing and riding.
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