Best Hikes in Breckenridge

Best Hikes in Breckenridge

  • Maureen Lathrop
  • 10/12/22

People flock to Breckenridge to experience the beautiful hiking trails in the area. Whether you’re planning to run, bike, or walk, you’ll love experiencing the stunning views and the fresh mountain air. Some people enjoy their time in Breckenridge so much that they invest in Breckenridge real estate so they’re only a short drive away from their favorite trail. As you prepare to visit Breckenridge, keep these trails in mind when searching for a new area to explore.

McCullough Gulch Trail


McCullough Gulch Trail is an out-and-back trail that stretches 6.4 miles long. On average, you’ll spend three and a half hours navigating this trail and gain 1,607 feet in the process. This trail is more complex, but it’s a favorite among avid hikers and snowshoers. It’s a moderately populated trail, so don’t be surprised to see others exploring the area while you’re out. Most owners of Breckenridge real estate prefer to visit this trail during the warmer months, and dogs are always welcome on a leash. There may even be certain areas where you can take your dog off its leash and allow them to explore!

Sallie Barber Mine Trail


At 8.4 miles long, this trail is a little longer than McCullough Gulch, but it features a similar difficulty level. It’s also a more popular trail for backpacking and camping, and you’ll find several excellent stops along the way for bird-watching. It’s an out-and-back trail with 2,100 feet of elevation gain, and most people report that it takes over four and half hours to complete the trail. Try to visit this trail sometime between June and October when you’re not busy shopping for Breckenridge homes for sale. Also, bring your dog on a leash to explore with you.

Sawmill Reservoir


The Sawmill Reservoir trail is shorter and easier than the first two trails on this list, making it a great choice for families and novice hikers. You’ll complete the loop in around 30 minutes, and you should expect to see others hiking and walking as you navigate the trail. The elevation gain is only 236 feet, and the total trail length is 1.3 miles long. The parking lot fills up quickly, but the beautiful lake views make the experience worth it.

Spruce Creek Trail

Photo courtesy of All Trails - Spruce Creek Loop, Brooke Duncum
 
If you’re not ready to take on the hardest of hikes, but want something more challenging than Sawmill Reservoir, the Spruce Creek Trail should pique your interest. The 4.3-mile loop takes around two hours to complete and provides an elevation gain of 984 feet along the way. Many people choose to hike or run the trail, which is moderately populated most of the year. Bring your dog with you on a leash, and enjoy the beautiful forest and lake views along the way. Note that carpooling is recommended, as the lot quickly fills up, and overflow parking on country roads is not allowed.

Mayflower Lake

The trail near Mayflower Lake is another one of the area’s moderately challenging trails. The out and back hike is slightly longer at 7.9 miles, but the average hiker can complete the trail in just over four hours. The trail offers 1,922 feet of elevation gain and is a popular choice for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and many hikers. Try to hike this trail during the summer if you can, and carpool with a friend if possible.

Illinois Creek Low Trail


At one mile long, this is the shortest and easiest trail on this list. The loop offers 118 feet of elevation gain, and most people can finish the trail in less than a half hour. Many visit the trail for hiking, walking, or birding, and you’ll see more traffic if you come between April and September. Keep in mind that some sections are not stroller-friendly, but if you stick close to the Troll, you shouldn’t encounter any issues.

Hoosier Pass Loop


Most people complete Hoosier Pass in around an hour and a half. The 2.8-mile loop gains 688 feet along the way, and you’ll see other hikers and walkers as you go. Expect to stop along the way to observe nearby wildlife, along with the beautiful area wildflowers. Note that dogs must remain on leash at all times while walking or hiking this trail.

Boreas Pass

Are you a mountain biker? You’ll love Boreas Pass. The 2.5-mile trail is also a popular choice for hiking and horseback riding. The elevation gain is just under 400 feet on this loop trail, which most can finish in around one hour. The trail was recently updated, so make sure you’re following a recent map when you visit. The manageable length makes the trail an ideal choice for hikers of all skill levels, but the beauty and scenery are on par with hikes of more complex difficulties.

As you can see, there’s a hike for every experience level, and regardless of whether you choose to walk, run, bike, ski, or ride through one of these trails on horseback, you’ll have a memorable experience you’ll soon want to recreate. Also, after you experience one or two of these hiking trails for yourself, you’ll quickly realize why so many people choose to call Breckenridge home.

If you get the itch to explore the market for Breckenridge homes for sale, Maureen Lathrop can be a great resource. Maureen is an expert in Breckenridge real estate, and she recognizes that people choose Breckenridge because of how much they value the mountain lifestyle. She wants to help you make that dream a reality, and she’s looking forward to partnering with you in your home search. Contact her today to get started!



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