Easy Breckenridge Hikes
February 15th, 2016
Summer in the high alpine environment of Breckenridge has fantastic temperatures, stunning views, blue bird days and plentiful wildlife and wildflowers. The rule to summer hiking in the Colorado Rockies is to carry a pack filled with water, snacks, layers, sunglasses, sunscreen and to head onto the trails early!
Sawmill Creek Trail is a short jaunt up and down the mountain to help you acclimate to high altitude, with an elevation gain of 240 feet. Southwest of the Snowflake Lift is the Sawmill Creek trailhead. Bring some lunch to enjoy next to a crystal clear alpine lake and bask in the beauty the firs, spruces and wildflowers afford.
Hoosier Pass Loop is a 3 mile roundtrip hike completely above tree line. Hop in the car and drive south on Highway 9 up to Hoosier Pass, parking at the Continental Divide road sign where you will see the parking area. When you make it to the top, rest for fuel, water, and a breather while taking in the majestic views of the Colorado Rockies.
Carter Park Trail is short and sweet, complete with panoramic views of the Tenmile Range and Breckenridge Ski Resort. Carter Park is found in Breckenridge and has a dog park, tennis courts, and pavilion. When you see the stone steps you’ll know you’re on the right track for an incredible hike minutes from downtown.
Burro Trail is at the base of the Lehman ski and snowboard trail at Breckenridge Ski Resort. A quick getaway into the mountains can be found on the Burro Trail with a network of hiking trails also allowing a longer excursion into the wilderness.
No matter how long or short you intend to hike, make sure you’re prepared for the high elevation of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Lather on the sunscreen to avoid a high alpine sunburn and make sure to stay hydrated as you’re breathing harder way up here. Then grab a bite to eat at one of the many delicious restaurants in Breckenridge!