Hiking in Breckenridge
If you truly want to experience Breckenridge's breathtaking beauty, hit the trails! There are hundreds of hiking trails in and around Breckenridge which makes it easy to take part of one of the most popular summer and winter activities. From gentle dirt roads to challenging summits, there are a wide variety of options for all types of hikers. Breckenridge hiking is an experience for every visitor to enjoy.
If you truly want to experience Breckenridge’s breathtaking beauty, hit the trails! There are hundreds of hiking trails in and around Breckenridge which makes it easy to take part of one of the most popular summer and winter activities. From gentle dirt roads to challenging summits, there are a wide variety of options for all types of hikers. Breckenridge hiking is an experience for every visitor to enjoy.
Breckenridge Hiking: Summer
After hiking the Rocky Mountains in the summertime, you’ll understand why the love of the outdoors is deeply rooted in Breckenridge’s culture. A hike on one of Breckenridge’s national forest trails has the powerful ability to change one’s perspective of nature and environment. The moments are breathtaking, and the memories are everlasting. Hike a trail that leads to stunning wildflower fields or gorgeous waterfalls. If you are seeking convenience, there is a multitude of hikes in Breckenridge that don’t require a car. As always, Breckenridge stands behind the Colorado Tourism Office’s Leave No Trace – Care for Colorado Principles to help maintain the natural beauty of our trails and forests.
Best Summer Hikes in Breckenridge:
- Spruce Creek Trail to Mohawk Lakes – A classic Breckenridge hike filled with river crossings, waterfalls, alpine lakes, wildflowers, mining-era remnants, and stunning vista views.
- McCullough Gulch – One of the most beautiful hikes in Breckenridge. Cascading waterfalls abound throughout the trail.
- Crystal Lakes – Upper Crystal Lake is one of the highest alpine lakes in the lower 48 states. In June and July, this trail explodes with wildflowers.
- Baldy Mountain – If you’re looking for panoramic views, look no further. This high-alpine trail climbs above the Blue River Valley and provides the best views of the Tenmile Range.
- Quandary Peak – Breckenridge’s local 14er (a peak that summits above 14,000 feet) is an epic adventure to be had. Make sure that you come ready and prepared for this unbelievable hike!
- Burro Trail – Starting at the base of Peak 9 at Breckenridge Ski Resort, this quaint trail follows streams as you make your way through beautiful forest.
- Blue River Trail – The Blue River Trail is one of the most convenient trails in terms of proximity to downtown Breckenridge, but that doesn’t make it any less breathtaking.
- Blue Lakes/Monte Cristo Gulch – The Blue Lakes are an incredible option for hikers seeking a high alpine lake with waterfalls to complement. Side note: Mountain goats are frequently spotted on this trail.
- Sallie Barber Mine Trail – A short and easy hike that leads to one of the most historic mining sites in Breckenridge.
- Peaks Trail – Peaks Trail connects Breckenridge with Frisco through a gorgeous path that cuts across the Tenmile Range.
Breckenridge Hiking: Fall
There is no debate that fall is the most picturesque time of year in Breckenridge. The season that normally lasts from the beginning of September through the end of October plays witness to a major transformation. The trees undergo their color change into gorgeous hues of gold, orange, and red. The weather hovers in the 50s and 60s (Fahrenheit) during the daytime, offering the perfect setting to explore the trails on foot. Pick your route from the Breckenridge Trail Map and ensure the trail is open by checking trail conditions.
Best Fall Hikes in Breckenridge:
- Boreas Pass Road – No autumn trip to Breckenridge is complete without a visit to Boreas Pass Road. This quintessential Breckenridge hike is most beautiful during the fall season, when the aspens lining the road show off their fall colors.
- Aspen Alley – Aspen Alley didn’t earn its name for nothing. This fall favorite makes its way through groves and groves of aspen trees, making it the perfect autumn trail.
- Reiling Dredge via B&B Trail – This relatively short hike passes through multiple aspen groves before winding up at one of the historic mining spots in Breckenridge.
Breckenridge Hiking: Winter
Breckenridge’s most popular time of the year offers the most stunning scenery for hiking. The snow covered trees and mountains provide a fantasy playground for hikers and outdoor lovers. Be sure to look at Breckenridge’s winter trail maps before heading out into the wilderness.
Best Winter Hikes in Breckenridge:
- Boreas Pass Road – Take in some of the best views Breckenridge has to offer on Boreas Pass Road.
- Cucumber Gulch – One of the most popular winter trails in Breckenridge, Cucumber Gulch is situated between the town and base of Peak 8. This area encompasses many of the trails that make up the Breckenridge Nordic Center and is filled with wildlife.
- Baldy Mountain – A backcountry favorite in the winter. Baldy Mountain offers beautiful views of Breckenridge. Make sure to Know Before You Go!
- Spruce Creek Trail to Francie’s Cabin – If you’re seeking adventure while in Breckenridge, consider reserving a night at Francie’s Cabin. This hut in the Tenmile Range is accessible from the Spruce Creek Trailhead and offers unmatched backcountry skiing. Make sure to Know Before You Go!