Winter Hiking in Breckenridge

Winter hiking is probably not the first activity that comes to mind when you think about winter in Breckenridge. Well, for those who are looking for something to do off the mountain, here is your guide to hiking trails that are accessible in the winter months.

Carter Park

Carter Park

Carter Park is a popular spot year-round. The town sledding hill is located at the park, as well as the dog park. However, just beyond the tubing hill is a great hiking trail for you and even your beloved furry friends! Normally known for its downhill biking, this trail transforms into the perfect hiking trail in the winter. Take the ridge for a more mild incline or brave the steep steps directly to the top. You can continue your hike to the many trails that branch off of the Carter Park trail.

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Incline: High

Boreas Pass

Boreas Pass

The trail to the top! Boreas Pass is a great hike to explore in the winter. This trail hikes all the way up the peaks on the other side of town. As stated in the name, Boreas Pass is also a mountain pass, that you can drive during the summer and spring months, which makes a great packed out trail to hike in the winter. The endless valleys and mountains surrounding this hike offer an endless array of scenery.

Traffic Rating: High

Incline: Low

Illinois Creek Trail

llinois Creek Trail

This hidden trail starts at the bottom of the Ice Rink Parking Lot (on the far end).  This is a great scenic trail through the trees. There are sections of the trail that incline, however, this trail is ranked as a moderate incline trail. Make sure to dress warm, this trail is hidden in the shade for the most part. Take the trail all the way to Breckenridge’s famous Aspen Alley and take in the views of the beautiful mountain scenery from the top!

Distance: 1.9 miles – Out & Back

Elevation Gain: 285 feet

Traffic Rating: Minimal

Moonstone Trail

Moonstone Trail

Stemming from Carter Park, this trail has a steady, mild incline throughout the path, and is about two miles long. The full hike takes about an hour, round trip. This trail is is very packed out, so any warm snow boot will do!

Distance: 4.3 miles – Out & Back

Elevation Gain: 826 feet

Traffic Rating: Minimal

Peaks Trail

Peaks Trail

Atop Ski Hill Road lies a nice and easy winter hike in Breckenridge. Peaks Trail is an incredible out-and-back hike with minimal elevation gain that weaves in and out of beautiful Lodgepole pines at the base of the Breckenridge Ski Resort. Like many others, this hike sees heavy usage and stays in great shape for a nice winter stroll. Go as far as you choose, enjoy great views, spend some quality time in the forest and turn around to head back whenever you’d like.

Distance: 8.3 miles – Point to Point

Elevation Gain: 446 feet

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Sallie Barber

Sallie Barber Mine

This is a great beginner level, out and back winter hike with amazing views of town, leading to a beautiful old mining site that sits above Breckenridge. The old mining road gently climbs 1.4 miles up to a stunning view of the historic Sallie Barber Mine and views of Keystone in the distance.

Distance: 2.8 miles – Out & Back

Elevation Gain: 393 feet

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Don’t Forget!

Hiking Boots

Along with skiing, happy feet means a happy person after a day of winter hiking. The boots that you choose could make or break your experience. Choose a waterproof boot with some insulation to keep your feet warm and dry.

Layers, Layers and More Layers

With the dry, arid climate that we have, and the rapid weather changes that can occur, you should be prepared for any sort of temperature or weather change. Wear several layers made of fabric that can breathe and dry quickly. This being said, cotton clothing is not the best choice. It is also smart to pack extra socks, gloves and a spare hat, to cover all of your bases while you are hiking the amazing trails that Breckenridge has to offer.

Plenty of Food and Water

Always make sure to pack yourself plenty of food and water for your journey to stay well-hydrated and to keep your energy maintained. It is very important to bring plenty of water while you are out on the trails in the winter hiking at 9,600 feet above sea level.

Optional: Yaktrak or Microspikes

Surprisingly enough, the trails do see a lot of traction, making some of them hard-packed and slick. Extra traction on your boots will make your winter hiking experience a lot more safe and enjoyable.