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Best cross country skiing trails in White River National Forest, Colorado

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Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails in White River National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of cross country skiing trails in White River National Forest, Colorado
Park information
Acreage:
2,285,970 acres
Contact
970-945-2521
Top trails (48)
#1 - Mayflower Lake and Lower Mohawk Lake
White River National Forest
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 11 m
This is a beautiful trail with steady incline and incredible views throughout. You'll pass by Continental Falls shortly before arriving at the end destination of Lower Mohawk Lake. The area is painted with colorful wildflowers in the spring and you'll have a chance at spotting some of the region's abundant wildlife.Show more
#2 - Mayflower Gulch Grand Traverse
White River National Forest
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
Note: Cars can drive up the road to where the cabin ruins start, but you need a 4x4 SUV, a Truck or ATV. There is limited parking at the upper trailhead where this road ends.Show more
#3 - Sallie Barber Mine Trail
White River National Forest
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
#4 - Chihuahua Lake Trail
White River National Forest
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 10 m
Most visitors park along Peru Creek Road and hike up the dirt road 2 miles to the Chihuahua Lake Trail. If you have a 4WD vehicle, you can drive the dirt road to the upper trailhead. High clearance vehicle recommended. 2 miles up the dirt road you will see a "No motor vehicles past this point" sign. The 4WD road will continue to the right (east). You should take a left to continue to Chihuahua Lake.Show more
#5 - Boreas Pass Road
White River National Forest
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Length: 19.8 mi • Est. 9 h 8 m
Take the plunge and explore the area between Highway 285 and Breckenridge. Trail Rating: Boreas Pass - 2 Georgia Pass - 4 Glacier Ridge - 5 This Section can be Skipped Season: Late June to October check for drift conditions Georgia Pass is the last section to open. This is a great track to start and finish in Breckenridge, the first half over Boreas Pass is easy with some very nice historic Railway sites. The second half puts you in the back country and high mountain peaks and some moderate 4x4 trails the hardest part of the loop (Glacier Ridge/Glacier Peak) can be skipped as well. From Breckenridge jump onto the road to Boreas Pass on the South side of town. Don't forget to check out the old Snow blower Train just after you turn on to the road. Continuing up the pass you will leave get a great view of the Breckenridge Ski Area before you leave the residential neighborhood. After you enter the National Forest this will put you into the amazing Aspen Forests. A few of these areas feel like tunnels and make for some great fall photos. Just after you get above the Aspens you will come to the old Water Tank that the steam engines used to use when Crossing Georgia Pass on the route Between Como & Breckenridge. A Few more miles up you will come upon the top of Boreas Pass with a few historic buildings and a couple of old train cars to get out and explore. There are some kiosks about the area to read up on as well. Dropping down the North side of the Pass be sure to stop at a little pull off to hike out to an old section of railroad tracks left for historic purposes. Its marked on the map as a POI. There is no signage on the road to tell you the tracks are even back there. Just past the tracks you will drop into a few amazing aspen covered mountains in the fall the colors are amazing!!! Como sits at the base just before yo get onto the highway. There are a few other railroad sights to take in.... the Como Depot and of course the old Stone Como Roundhouse. After leaving Como jump onto the Hwy and its a quick 6 miles to Jefferson. There you take a left onto County Road 35 and begin the second leg of the journey. Ascending Georgia Pass from the North is very easy, take your time enjoy the views as you pass through the Pine Covered hills. After Reaching the top of Georgia Pass you can make a Choice: * Go East to Glacier Ridge and Glacier Peak with amazing Scenery and a chance to see Mtn Goats ** Skip the Glacier area and go North on Georgia Pass By going North you will skip the Glacier Loop which is the hardest part of the trail. * Heading east you will come to a steep climb 4x4 and 4lo are a must, take it slow and easy. After you reach the top of the first climb this ridge is where Mtn Goats seem to like to be. Many times playing up on the outcroppings of rocks. Glacier Ridge is amazing and leads up to the next steep ascent up onto Glacier Mtn. Yes this trail leads right to the top of the peak. From the top of this peak you can see forever in all directions. From here you will return the way you came up. Just watch for the right turn in the grass this will lead you to a somewhat steep descent again use 4lo. This will take yo back to the top of Georgia Pass. ** Heading North yo begin the descent down Georgia Pass this section changes year after due to the snow runoff. But there tends to be a muddy area about 1/2 mile down. Going down through this part is easy up on the other hand can be a challenge some years. Be sure to watch the route there are 2 intersections that can be somewhat tricky. This trail will eventually drop you next to the Swan River with lots of old and some active mining. This is back on County Roads and the last stretch takes you onto Tiger Road. Tiger road goes right by one of the old historic Dredges be sure to stop and check it out. Tiger Road will connect with Hwy 9 just north of Breckenridge. Have fun be safe.Show more
#6 - Peaks Trail
White River National Forest
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Length: 15.3 mi • Est. 7 h 20 m
This is a classic out and back trail that you can start from either Frisco or Breckenridge. This trail description starts at the trailhead near Main St. in Frisco. Show more
#7 - Meadow Creek Trail to Eccles Pass
White River National Forest
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 6 h 24 m
#8 - Cucumber Gulch
White River National Forest
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
During the ski season (November to Early May) this trail and many others in the area are part of the Breckenridge Nordic Center which is in its 50th year of operation. Cross country ski trails are groomed daily and snowshoe trails are maintained, mapped and marked. The day lodge and warming huts are also open for skiing and snowshoeing guests. Trail passes, skis or snowshoes are required on all trails. Hiking (without skis or snowshoes) is not permitted during ski season. Please contact the Breckenridge Nordic Center at 970-453-6855 for more information. Show more
#9 - Lake Constantine Trail
White River National Forest
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 4 h 16 m
Note: There are scree fields to cross and a boulder to scramble over.Show more
#10 - Peaks Trail via Breckenridge
White River National Forest
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 3 h 38 m
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