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Recommended moderate hikes showcase some of the best high alpine lakes, waterfalls and sweeping views of the area. Make sure you are prepared for your Breckenridge hiking adventure. Once you’ve conquered the moderate hiking trails in Breckenridge and are ready for the next step, check out the recommended difficult hikes.
Moderate Hiking Trails in Breckenridge:
Blue Lakes-Monte Cristo Gulch
A short, moderate hike to a historic area full of mine relics and high alpine lakes. The trail is completely above tree line, starting at 11,748 feet elevation.
Distance: 2.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 1131 feet
Directions: From the intersection of Main Street and Ski Hill Road/Lincoln Avenue drive south on Highway 9 approximately 8 miles to Blue Lakes Road (No. 850). Turn right. At the fork, go straight and follow the road 2.2 miles. Park just below the dam. The trailhead is just above the dam at its north end.
A beautiful, high alpine hike that wanders through rich evergreen forests with granite outcroppings, waterfalls, green meadows and fragile wildflowers.
Distance: 2.9 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 892 feet
Directions: From the intersection of Main Street and Ski Hill Road/Lincoln Avenue drive south on Highway 9 approximately 8 miles to Blue Lakes Road (No. 850). Turn right and then turn right onto County road 851. Drive on County Road 851 for 2 miles and park near the water diversion structures. The trailhead, a 15-minute walk, is just left of a sign marked, “Private Road, No Admittance.”
This moderate hike offers stunning scenery, gorgeous mountain lakes and historic mine ruins. The views on this challenging hike make the climb up worth it.
Distance: 8.6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 2,129 feet
Directions: From the intersection of Main Street and Ski Hill Road/Lincoln Avenue drive south on Highway 9 approximately 2.5 miles to Spruce Creek Road (No. 800). Turn right and bear left after .1 miles. Proceed 1.2 miles to the trailhead.
Black Powder Pass
With a high point of 12,159 feet, this hike ends on the saddle between Boreas Mountain and Baldy Mountain, offering amazing views of Summit and Park counties. Wildflowers blanket the fields throughout most of the summer.
Distance: 3.4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 671 feet
Directions: From the intersection of Main Street and Ski Hill Road/Lincoln Avenue, drive south on Highway 9 approximately .6 miles to Boreas Pass Road (the last stoplight in town). Turn left and follow the road for 9.6 miles to the top of Boreas Pass. Park in the parking lot on the left. The trailhead is northeast of the Section House (the big building at the top). Follow the dirt track labeled, “Boreas Ditch No. 2.”
For a full listing of all the excellent trails located in the area, download the Breckenridge Summer Trails Map by visiting the Open Space and Trail Maps Page.
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.
For more information on moderate hiking trails in Breckenridge, as well as what else 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.