Spruce Creek Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews
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Spruce Creek Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Breckenridge, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.2 miles 1699 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Breckenridge: Take Hwy 9 south of town. Turn right into The Crown subdivision at Spruce Creek Road. Follow the main road, taking left turns at most intersections. Look for blue diamonds on the trees while driving through the subdivision. These will help you through the newer intersections that may not be left turns. The 2wd trailhead will be on the left after approximately 1.2 miles. Four wheel drive or high clearance vehicles may continue 1.5 miles to the upper trailhead.


13 days ago

hiking

Our family of 7 (2 adults, 5 kids aged 8 to 15) enjoyed a hike to the intersection of Wheeler Trail. There we were treated to a breathtaking open view of mountains, a waterfall, and a meadow with a creek. Along the hike, you hear Spruce Creek babble while wildflowers and birds keep the hike interesting. (It was 3.3 miles roundtrip from the trailhead. I didn't start recording until about 3/4 mile into the hike.)


15 days ago

hiking

Great Hike. A little challenging after the mid-point if you start at the lower lot. Can drive up to the midpoint but would recommend 4x4 as road is rough. After mid-point much rockier and steeper. Made it to Lower Mohawk and well worth it. Altitude is a challenging especially for flat landers. We live at 7400 feet and still struggled some.


23 days ago

Difficult for our 5-year-old and this out-of-shape flat-lander but the view of the falls, Mayflower Lake, and accomplishing a goal made the hike worth it.


25 days ago

hiking

We were carrying a 20 lbs child so we found this hike very strenuous. Overall a very nice hike. There is a large variety of landscape to make it interesting. Saw bear paw prints by the lake, did not see any wild life.


26 days ago

Beautiful, lots of shade, difficult but doable for my whole family


27 days ago

hiking

Challenging but doable.


1 month ago

Really enjoyable hike. Family of five with kids 11,8 and 4 did. Used a carrier backpack for final leg with 4 year old but older kids were challenged but enjoyed. Beautiful scenery.


1 month ago

hiking

Spruce Creek is an awesome hike and is a well marked trail (follow the blue diamonds and notches on the trees) in thick forest. A gradual vertical climb that is definitely do-able for all ages. This trail will also connect up to Mowhawk Lakes trail so you can add that on if you so choose, but note that it's a much more challenging hike up Mowhak Lakes. We hiked up Spruce Creek and Lower Mowhawk Lake with our 6 and 10 year olds and it pushed their limits but they really enjoyed it. Round trip up to Lower Mowhawk Lake was around 7 miles. Spruce Creek itself was about 6 miles of that.


1 month ago

hiking

We hiked up to Mayflower lake with a 6 and 7 year old. It tested their limits, but was a beautiful hike.


1 month ago

Hiked yesterday, July 3, 2016. Started at 7:30 am and there were already about 15 cars in the lot. Beautiful weather; partly sunny until 1:00 pm when very tiny hail started falling. Most of the bad mud spots are firmed up but still some muddy areas. We hiked in regular shoes and were fine. Lots of new flora blooming including blue bells, indian paint brushes, and others. We also got to see a marmot hanging out by Mayflower Lake. This is one of our favorite trails to hike!


2 months ago

Some rough parts in trail. Be prepared to get muddy .


2 months ago

hiking

Awesome hike.


3 months ago

Great hike. Easy but still enough of a challenge. The entire trail was covered in feet of snow. We had to travel on a compact snow trail. One step off the compacted snow and down you go. It made the hike a bit more fun. This hike has stunning views and perfect for half day.


11 months ago

cross country skiing

Beautiful!


11 months ago

hiking


1 year ago

Nice easy trail super views all the way !!


1 year ago

hiking

Started around 2pm, and due to being somewhat overweight and out of shape (and unaccustomed to altitude), took us 4 hours to get to lower Mohawk Lake. Well worth it! Stunning views throughout the entire hike, especially as you get close to the falls at the old mining cabin. The terrain from this point on is pretty strenuous, steep and rocky, with large areas of solid rock slope, but at the steepest part, there is a heavy steel cable that you can hang on to for more stability - helped me a lot, both going up and down. Lower Mohawk was gorgeous, and we could see several large trout swimming close to the old mine cart. Would love to have continued up to the other lake, but just didn't have it in me - this time. As another reviewer mentioned, mosquitos are thick - be sure to wear/bring sunscreen, lots of water and a hat. Also wish I'd had poles for the return trip - it was a bit hard on my 52-year-old knees!


1 year ago

hiking

This is a gorgeous hike for anyone near Breckenridge. You will work as you gain 1,800' on the ascent. Weekends can get crowded. In the summer be sure to pack your bug spray as the skeeters are fierce near Mayflower Lakes.


1 year ago

hiking

We attempted this hike in late May - boy do I wish I had brought my snow shoes or cleats! The snow was still quite high - most of the trail about 2 feet, but sometimes even higher. This caused problems as the day became warmer and the packed snow began to give way. We also didn't make it past the Meadow Lakes because of the snow depth (we were not alone, most hikers turned around from what I could tell). We did get to witness an avalanche (no injuries, it was far enough away), which was pretty darn cool! I'll be doing this hike again!


2 years ago

hiking

We didn't quite make it to Lower Mohawk as my wife and I both appeared to have picked up a touch of food poisoning or something and had to turn back. However this is a beautiful hike with mining ruins and lots to see along the way.

Plenty of water so no need to haul a lot if you have a purification option open to you.

This trail is also relatively rough. The lower portion has dense tree roots and the upper is rocky. Bring good shoes. You might consider some hiking poles if you're unsure of your balance.

Hiked a week ago and the trail is damp but all snow is clear. Somebody noted crazy mosquitoes. While there were quite a few they were nothing compared to my Colorado Trail hike a week prior out of Twin Lakes. Do bring some repellent but your trip won't be ruined.

The downside - this trail is CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY busy. Local resorts organize group hikes and the trail is very close to town and easy to get to. Be prepared to dodge people all day long. There is so much traffic that many areas of the tail have been overrun killing surrounding vegetation and forming many side trails. If you're looking for a more pristine experience this trail isn't for you.