Top 5 Summer Scenic Spots in Breckenridge

May 1, 2024 / Lauren Parker

Next time you visit Breckenridge in the summer, you don’t want to skip out on some of the most scenic areas in Colorado. See the TenMile Range from different points of view, and discover Breckenridge’s closest neighbors without spending the entire day hiking.

Hoosier Pass

One cool spot to check out this summer in Breckenridge is the Hoosier Pass hiking loop that separates the TenMile Range and Mosquito Range. At about 2.8 miles long, and starting near Breckenridge, this quick loop offers expansive views of surrounding towns and mountains. If you’re in for a scenic drive, you can also take a trip over Hoosier Pass to places like Alma, Fairplay, or Buena Vista. In the winter, this road might be closed or only open to certain vehicles because of the weather making summer the best time to explore!

Mt. Bald (Baldy)

Baldy, located right next to the TenMile range, can be accesses from Boreas Pass Road. The drive up can be a bit rough so high-clearance cars are recommended if you plan to drive fora bout 20-25 minutes to the farthest point right before a 15-10 minute hike to the peak. If you’re looking for a challenging yet rewarding hike, start at the Baldy Trailhead and learn to love the 3,087 foot climb covering 10.2 miles. Be sure to pack plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen! During your hike or drive, be sure to notice the remnants of Breck’s mining history.

Mohawk Lakes Trail

This scenic spot is located just about 10 minutes south of Breckenridge and offers stunning scenery of the TenMile range and upper and lower lakes. Immerse yourself in nature on this popular 8.4 mile out-and-back trail. Take in the breathtaking views, and keep an eye out for unique birds and other animals! Get an early start, and head south on CO-9 and park at the Spruce Creek Trailhead. From here, you’ll follow the Spruce Creek Trail up to Upper Mohawk Lake. Always check the weather before you go and make sure you’re prepared with the right gear.

BreckConnect Gondola

If you’re looking for a free way to get to the base of Peaks 7 or 8, and would like to take in the views along the way, hop on the BreckConnect Gondola for a fun ride up the mountain. Keep your eyes peeled for moose, and enjoy the overhead viewpoint of Breckenridge town and Cucumber Gulch as you reach your destination. Stop by Robbie’s Tavern or Seven’s for a quick bite to eat or refreshing cocktail before making your way back down towards town.

Sapphire Point Overlook

As you drive into Breckenridge from the North side of town, you’ll notice the gorgeous Lake Dillon situated in the valley of the mountains. Sapphire Point Overlook offers expansive views of Lake Dillon as well as the TenMile Range and town of Breckenridge. Parking is available at the trailhead, and the full walk is under a mile.

Elev8 Lounge & Bar

Located on the rooftop of the Grand Colorado on Peak 8, this exclusive lounge and bar offers cocktails, fire pits, and  outdoor grills all while enjoying stunning views of Peak 8, Baldy, and the Continental Divide. This lounge and bar is open to guests of the Grand Colorado or owners that have day use.