Black Powder Pass Summit is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.4 miElevation gain1,000 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingLakeRiverViewswild-flowersWildlifeRocky
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Getting There

SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whiteriver/recarea/?recid=40653 The trail starts at the section house - Boreas station along a stream, then heads up through a field to the pass. The pass presents a nice view of the valley on the other side. There are wildflowers in summer.

Free parking, bathroom, and in the winter you can rent a building near the trailhead (intended for x-c skiers.)

National Forest Service, Pike National Forest.

Take the Boreas Pass road from Breckenridge up to the high point of the road, where the railroad car and re-constructed encampment is. It is a dirt road, but not too rough as long as you don't go too fast. Head towards the encampment, and you will see the trailhead on the left.

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Brian Sosville
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HikingGreat!

Can’t beat the views at the top — but you earn it! Almost all of the elevation is in less than a mile.

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Nisha Shah
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The view the entire time was out of this world. Unreal. It was a little slippery with the snow and we did see some animal tracks but nothing too crazy. Gets windy at the top. We got back just before 4 and it was perfect. Highly recommend!!

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Joe Lorenz
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Very windy day, but fun trail!

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Matt B
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HikingGreat!

Great hike. Challenging in the push to the top but definitely worth it once you get there. Very well marked and easy to navigate, not technical. We started the hike around 9am and we were almost the only people on the trail. But about an hour and a half later when we got done it was packed.

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M Dove
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Our group made it as far as that first stopping point. Quite the stunning views even if we didn’t go to the very top of this particular trail. Sep/Oct trip. Quite windy and the altitude had us flat landers a bit, but so worth it.

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Julia P.
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HikingNo shade

At the top just pick your perch, several great lookouts to enjoy the view. Not one of those hikes where you earn the view, as it’s all above tree-line. Enjoyable.

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Nathan Kary
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Very well maintained trail. The road to the trailhead was a little rough at times. But the hike itself is smooth with few rock areas a couple moderately challenging climbs.

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Ashley Castaldo
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John Quinn
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Hiking

Beautiful, short hike.

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Matt Sherman
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Great views. Very windy and dusty though. That combined with the thinner air and smoke is why I turned around instead of going to the summit.

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Rob Humphrey
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HikingGreat!

Not difficult, but exhilarating and lots of nature coupled with epic views!

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N D
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WalkingGreat!
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Matt Marino
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Tim Sparks
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It’s beautiful, but a bit muddy and slippery from the recent snowmelt.

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Tristin Thomas
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The drive up to the trailhead is a bit narrow but the scenery is absolutely GORGEOUS! The hike starts off good and simple, but once you break the treeline, it's pretty uphill and almost took me out because of the altitude. I would recommend that you acclimatize a few days before doing this. The view above is gorgeous.

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Steven Vasquez
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WalkingGreat!

Great trail Labor Day weekend. Trails starts at 11400ft and steadily climbs 1000ft over 1 mile to the top. Take your time to the top because the views are incredible. Took about hour to summit. Not a lot of shade as you are above the tree line.

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Kevin Grant
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Hiking

Crowded

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Jessica Wisdom
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HikingGreat!

We started around 3 PM, and there were probably 6-8 other hikers. The last leg of it definitely a leg and lung workout, but not bad at all! The views are spectacular! Probably one of my new favorite hikes.

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Andrew Kucharski
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The trailhead is about 12 degrees cooler than Breck. beautiful hike. easy

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Audrey Wilson
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HikingGreat!

I went out a few days ago (a Thursday I believe), and enjoyed every moment. I started the trail in the afternoon and only passed a couple hikers on the way back down. I did get caught in some sleet at the top but didn’t mind. There are so many various terrains in one hike, meadows, valleys, tall pine covered trail, a tiny babbling brook, and a nice steady climb. I trail jogged about half each way and hiked the rest. As you get toward the top, there are a few worn paths. I went right but soon caught myself in some loose sand/rock and steep edges—not ideal. So I headed back to the tiny junction and went left and found the trail again. This trail was so beautiful. I’ll be back at some point. Enjoy!!

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Brenda Nelson
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Boreas Pass road to the trail head. Early start and beautiful views. A moderate climb. We only saw a couple of other hikers and enjoyed the seclusion.

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Andrew Haskell
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Excellent, shortish uphill to the 360 view of the Continental Divide.

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Marika Rietsema Ball
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HikingGreat!

Would call it a low traffic trail before noon but moderate after. You get quite a few vacationers from Breck. Four stars instead of five because it was a good hike with beautiful views but as a whole it didn’t completely blow us away. The hike up will have you catching your breath if you are from sea-level, but you will be more than fine if you are a resident. Parking spots get sparse from about 10AM on and you’ll be parking along the road.

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Amanda Bertholf
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HikingGreat!

Fantastic trail. The drive on Boreas Pass Road was bumpy and took a long time because you can’t go too fast. My teeth were rattling for sure. The hike itself was beautiful and not too crowded. It is definitely moderate—not easy at all if you are not used to the altitude. Just go slow on the way up, rest, and it is worth it.

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Sarah Penner
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HikingGreat!

Long drive up, very bumpy, was so glad to get out of car! Lovely easy hike through forest followed by a challenging, exposed long and steep incline up to the top. Lots of huffing and puffing. No hikers when we arrived Tuesday at 8 am; on our return down, passed about 2 dozen coming up. Gorgeous views from the top. Highly recommend.

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Lander Brandt
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HikingGreat!

I think that this one is on the harder side of moderate, as the last half on the way up (and first half on the way down) is pretty steep and exposed to the sun. Our views were unfortunately limited due to the smoke from the Grizzly Creek Fire, but you could tell that they would have been stunning if it was a clear day! The wildflowers were stunning on the way up as well.

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Mark Patterson
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Great trail, great views.

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Traci Wahl
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Beautiful shorter hike. I’m a 56 yo woman and very in shape for my age. The last half to the top was hard and I had to stop a few times. I also saw some teenage girls struggling to get up. You get very high and the vastness is stunning. There is a small pass through a forest which is lovely but, it’s the view at the top that makes it memorable. We saw a large group of mountain goats at the very tip of the top. Highly recommend.

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Sally Willis
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Great hike! Except for all the toilet paper right on the trail. Might I suggest adding a plastic baggie to your pack. Then when you do need to pee on the beautiful mountain side you can pick up your TP with the baggie and pack it out. If you feel the need to leave the TP/litter then you shouldn’t be out there. Thanks.

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Deb Roney
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail with relatively minimal effort for stunning alpine views. The first mike is quite easy—flat enough for families—and gorgeous. Once the ascent begins it is steady up to the summit and more intermediate hiking. Loved it and while it hit a bit crowded on Saturday, most hikers had masks and/or social distanced. For the few that didn’t it wasn’t too hard to step off the path by 6 feet.

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