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.
Hiking in Breckenridge
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....
Challenge yourself and plan to conquer one of these difficult hiking trails in Breckenridge during your visit. As always, ensure you are prepared for the adventure you plan. Having food, water and layers appropriate for a wide range of conditions is always smart. Keep an eye on the weather with hiker-focused weather app Open Summit....
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 ex...
Wildflowers bloom in Breckenridge from late-April through early-October, which means if it isn’t ski season, it’s wildflower season. The first spring blossoms peer out from under a late dusting of snow, and the last compete to spread their seeds before winter’s snowy inundation....
Summer has come to Summit County and with it's warm temperatures, sapphire blue skies and buckets of that famous Colorado sunshine. One of the best ways to explore the High Country is on foot, and fortunately, there are hundreds of miles of trails throughout the county to explore. This is peak season for wildflowers, meaning it's the perfect time to hike through aspen glades and meadows flush with...
When the snow begins to melt in Breckenridge, the rivers start to roar. It's a peaceful sound that fills town. The trails start to peek through and this marks the start to summer. You don't have to go too far to see the majestic sights and hear the noises of the cascading waterfalls. But depending on the time of year, you're in for some very different experiences. Here are three Breckenridge water...
Climbing a Colorado 14er is a rite of passage for state natives and a tough but rewarding adventure for new visitors. For all, there's an undeniable lure of climbing as high as you can go; to be on top of the world around you. Here's your quick guide to what you need to know about climbing your first Colorado 14er....