The Ultimate Breckenridge Hiking Guide
By Cody Mendoza / May 8, 2023
Want to go hiking in Breckenridge? Look no further! This is the Best of Breckenridge’s top trails in and around Breckenridge. Make sure to always be prepared and use this as a guide and jumping-off point to start your adventure.
- Blue River Trail: A 3 mile out-and-back trail with minimal elevation gain, easy difficulty. The trailhead is located at Breckenridge Nordic Center with ample parking available.
- Burro Trail: A 6-mile out-and-back trail with 915 ft of elevation gain, considered easy to moderate difficulty. The trailhead is located at the base of Peak 9 with plenty of parking available.
- Sawmill Resevoir: A 1.3 mile out-and-back trail with minimal elevation gain. a popular trail which takes you up and around a reservoir and is great for snowshoeing in the winter months. The trailhead is located at the end of Sawmill Road with limited parking available.
- Iowa Hill Trail: A 1.5-mile out-and-back trail with minimal elevation gain. The trail hosted remains of Breckenridge’s mining history from old cabins, sluice boxes, and the telltale signs of the use of hydraulics to extract the valuable gold that was found on this hill. This informative trail is perfect for a family stroll as it has informational signs and benches throughout. The trailhead is located on Airport Road across from the Breckenridge Terrace.
- Black Powder Pass: A 3.4 mile trail with 1,000ft of elevation gain. Begin by hiking through wooded areas before emerging above tree line with breathtaking views. The Summit of this hike takes you above 12,000ft above sea level so make sure that you are prepared with plenty of water and sunscreen.
- Spruce Creek Trail: A 4.3 mile loop trail with moderate elevation gain, easy to moderate difficulty This trail . The trail begins with a steady incline under tree cover and a ends with a rocky decline. You can enjoy the babbling sounds of the creek while you hike and take in the distant mountain views on this Best of Breck favorite. The trailhead is located off of Spruce Creek Road with limited parking available.
- Baker’s Tank Trail: A 2.5-mile out-and-back trail with moderate elevation gain, easy to moderate difficulty. The trailhead is located off of Boreas Pass Road with limited parking available. While you can hike this trail, it is more of a mountain biking trail so be aware for bikers and maintain proper trail etiquette (step to the side until the whole group passes).
- McCullough Gulch Trail: A 6.4 mile out-and-back trail with 1,600ft of elevation gain that is surrounded by stunning rock faces. Beautiful lakes await those who can make it to the top, The trailhead is located off of County Road 851 with limited parking available. The road to the trailhead closes seasonally over the winter and fall, so if you are planning to hike this trail during that time plan to add on an additional 1.5 miles.
These trails should be approached with planning and caution. Being in good physical shape is a must for these longer hies which often get close to and above 13,000 ft above sea level (with one of the hikes on this list reaching 14,000 ft!).
- Crystal Lake Trail: A 9.5-mile out-and-back trail with over 2500ft of elevation gain, and a rewarding alpine lake view (or dip) at the top. The trailhead is located off of County Road 850 with limited parking available.
- Mineral Hill Trail: A 4.7 mile out-and-back trail with significant elevation gain, difficult difficulty. The trailhead is located off of Boreas Pass Road with limited parking available.
- Quandary Peak Trail: This is a Breckenridge and Colorado classic. This “14er” is one of 52 peaks in the state which reach above 14,000ft above sea level. A 6.75 mile out-and-back trail with an elevation gain of 3,326 vertical feet. This trail is one of the most popular peaks for hikers to climb and as such, parking at the trailhead can be limited and fills up quickly, especially during peak hiking season. Additionally, the trailhead is located at the end of a narrow, bumpy dirt road, which can be challenging to navigate, especially for those without a high-clearance vehicle.
- Quandry Parking & Shuttle Info
To help alleviate parking congestion and reduce traffic on the narrow road, there is a shuttle service available during peak season (typically from mid-June to mid-September) that provides transportation to and from the trailhead. The Quandary Peak Shuttle is a convenient and affordable way to access the trailhead without having to worry about finding parking or navigating the dirt road.
The shuttle runs every day from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and picks up hikers at the Breckenridge Station transit center. The round-trip fare is $15 per person, and reservations are strongly recommended. You can make a reservation online or by calling the shuttle service directly.
Each of these trails offers unique scenery and challenges for hikers of all skill levels. The Mineral Hill Trail, for example, winds through dense forests before reaching a summit with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Meanwhile, the Quandary Peak Trail leads to one of Colorado’s most popular 14ers, which offers stunning views from the summit.
Remember to always check trail conditions before heading out and prepare for your hike accordingly by bringing water, snacks, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing and gear. With so many options available, you’re sure to find the perfect hike in Breckenridge.
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