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Beginner trails are a great way to spend your time in and around Breckenridge. Take in the views and, once you get the hang of the pitch and roll of the landscape, try out some of the recommended moderate hikes. If you’re brand new to hiking in the Rockies, we’ve compiled some of the best easy hiking trails in Breckenridge.
Easy Hiking Trails in and around Breckenridge
Iowa Hill Mine Trail
This easy trail is filled with history! The trail winds through an abandoned mining site with historical artifacts and signage. The hike starts with a gradual climb but there are lots of spots for breaks as well as benches. The last portion of the hike is all downhill. The Iowa Hill Mine Trail is only one and half miles total and is a loop so you won’t get lost.
Distance: 1.2 mile loop
Directions: The trail can be accessed from Airport Road south of downtown. Simply look for the trailhead to begin near the public works building, and you are well on your way to giving your kids an adventure of a lifetime with this one.
This short, easy hike is rich in views and close to town. This hike is well shaded by pine trees and has a gentle elevation gain that makes it perfect for beginner hikers as well as children. The hike finishes with views of the Breckenridge Ski Area, 10-Mile Mountain Range and a reservoir that is perfect spot to relax and enjoy the views.
Directions: Walk up Four O’Cock Road to the Snowflake Lift or take the Yellow Bus Route of the Breckenrdge Free Ride to the base of the lift then follow the signs.
At a distance of about a mile and a half, Sapphire Point is an easy, fun and short hiking loop that offers unparalleled views of Summit County and Lake Dillon. It’s one of the excellent easy hiking trails in Breckenridge for families with small children or older relatives.
Distance: 1.6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: None
Directions: From the intersection of Main Street and Ski Hill Road/Lincoln Avenue drive north on Highway 9 approximately 5 miles to Swan Mountain Road. Turn right on Swan Mountain Road and drive for about 3 miles until you reach the top of the road. The trailhead is on the left side of the parking lot.
Indian Gultch Trail
Distance: 2.8 miles
Elevation Gain 318 ft
Indiana Gulch Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Sallie Barber Mine
A wonderful beginner-level hike that leads to the old Sallie Barber Mining site which sits above town and provides gorgeous views towards both Breckenridge and Keystone.
Distance: 2.8 miles round-trip
Elevation Gain: 393 feet
Directions: Head north on N Main St toward Wellington Road. Turn right onto Wellington Road and stay on Wellington Road for 1.1 miles. Continue straight onto French Gulch Road and follow the road for 2.7 miles until you arrive at the Sallie Barber Mine Trailhead on the right side of the road.
Blue River Rec Path:
This classic hike parallels the Blue River and provides stunning views of the Tenmile Range and Baldy Mountain as you walk alongside the peaceful Blue River.
Distance: Take the Blue River Rec Path as long or as short as you want. This path goes all the way to Frisco (9.6 miles one-way).
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Directions: From the intersection of Main Street and Ski Hill Road/Lincoln Avenue drive west on Ski Hill Road for about 100 feet until you can take your first right off of Ski Hill Road into Wellington Lot. Park in Wellington Lot, and then walk towards Watson Avenue. Cross Watson Avenue, and then walk west until you’ve crossed the bridge over the Blue River. There will be a rec path on your right side, which is the start of your trail hike!
For more information on easy hiking trails in Breckenridge as well as 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 Breckenridge Vacation Planner.
For a full listing of all the excellent trails located in the area, download the Breckenridge Summer Trails Map. To ensure the trail is open and clear of snow and construction, view the trail conditions.
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.
Our Breckenridge hiking page is another great resource for hiking information, including an overview of three easy hikes that start from downtown Breckenridge.
- Note: The following hiking directions begin from the corner of Main Street and Ski Hill Road/Lincoln Avenue