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Early Season Hikes in Breckenridge

Peak 7 in BreckenridgeBreckenridge Ski Resort is open this weekend for one last hurrah. If you are visiting Breckenridge this weekend or anytime in the next month or so in the offseason you might be asking yourself what is there to do. The offseason in Breckenridge is a time when many local businesses take a breath and pause activity to spring clean and rest for the upcoming summer season. Other summer business may not be open yet as they are waiting for conditions to be favorable for their offerings.

Don’t fear though! If you are visiting Breckenridge or thinking about coming this offseason there are many benefits as well. For one thing offseason visitors find they don’t’ have to fight crowds like they might in the busy winter and summer seasons. A little quiet and solitude goes a long way. Another benefit is the great off season sales that go on this time of year.
Although some restaurants and businesses close most stay open and offer good deals and clearance prices on what they have to offer. Locals even call this time “2 for 1” season doe to the large amount of 2 for 1 dinner offers at local restaurants (look for the weekly 2 for 1 report on this blog!).

This year Breckenridge has seen an early return to spring conditions and while this has made the late season difficult for skiing it has opened up some fun summer activities earlier than usual for Colorado’s High Country. One example of this is the many hiking trails around Breckenridge and Summit County that are now accessible. Here is some information on some great local trailheads in or near Breckenridge’s town core.

Breckenridge offers a guide to local hiking trails that start in town. These trails range from gentle paths to more challenging single track trails. Download the trail map from gobreck.com here. Directions to the trailheads are below

Note: all directions start at the free parking lot located on the corner of Watson Street and Park Avenue (right across from the Breck Connect Gondola and the Breckenridge bus station)

Watson Trailhead: The Watson Trailhead is located on the southwest end (by First Bank) of the large skier parking lot (free in the summer).

Riverwalk Trailhead: From Watson Street go to Park Avenue and then turn left. Stay on Park Avenue through the stop light at First Bank and turn left into the Riverwalk Center parking lot at the intersection with Four O’clock Road. The trailhead is located in the northeast corner of the parking lot accessing the Riverwalk Center

Snowflake Trailhead: From Watson Street turn left on Park Ave. Stay on Park Avenue through the stop light at First Bank and turn right at the intersection onto Four O’clock Road. Continue uphill on Four O’clock Road for .3 miles. At the intersection of Four O’clock Road and King’s Crown Road, turn left and the trailhead is located immediately on the right next to the Snowflake Lift parking areas.

Illinois Creek Trailhead: From Watson Street turn right onto Main Street. Go south on Main Street for .8 miles to Boreas Pass Road (last stoplight). Turn left on Boreas Pass Road and travel for 1,400 feet. Take a right into the second entrance of the parking lot next to the Stephen C. West Ice Arena (which can be seen on the right). The trailhead is located in the southeastern corner of the parking lot.

Carter Park Trailhead: From Watson Street turn left on Park Avenue and proceed to the stoplight at Lincoln Avenue (First Bank on left). Turn left onto Lincoln Avenue and cross Main Street through the stoplight where the street turns into Lincoln Avenue. Travel up Lincoln Avenue for 1,000 feet until it intersects with High Street and continue until the road dead ends at Carter Park. The trail is located at the eastern end of the Carter Park parking lot.

Iowa Hill Trailhead: From Watson Street turn right onto Park Avenue. Follow Park Avenue until you reach the first stoplight. Turn left onto Airport Road and follow the road a short way past the intersection with Valley Brook Road (stop sign). After 1500 feet, look for the trailhead sign on your left. From the sign, follow the dirt road to the north (right) to a small parking area at the end.

Valley Brook Trailhead: From Watson Street turn right onto Park Avenue at the stop sign. Follow Park Avenue until you reach the first stoplight. Turn left onto Airport Road and follow the road a short way to the intersection with Valley Brook Road (stop sign). Turn right and stay on Valley Brook Road for 550 feet. You will find the trailhead on your left just past the Breckenridge Police Station.

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