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Iowa Hill is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.6 mi Elevation gain 170 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Running

Forest

Muddy

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Kathy Neesen
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Hiking

Great trail for families and kids. A really engaging way to learn about mining and a nice hike with short interpretive side trails. We did it in the morning and had the trail all to ourselves.

Tabitha Reynolds
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 20 2020
Hiking

Great little walk! My dad and 11 year old son enjoyed the mining relics and the interpretive displays. Not wet or snowy. A perfect 30 minute or hour (for us) stroll.

Ted Brimeyer
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Hiking

Great short walk with historic educational value. I agree with everyone who said this was on the easy side of moderate. My 11-year flatlander daughter (in good hampe from soccer) was huffing and puffing just a bit on the initial climb, but was able to do just fine. Hiked in the rain and the trail was completely passable and safe. We’re fortunate to see two deer in the first 5 minutes on the trail. A 30-minute loop stopping to read the placards. The recreated boarding house was a highlight. Would recommend heading left at the initial trail split to see the mining relics in the climb.

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M J
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarThu Oct 17 2019
Hiking

I’d definitely rate this on the easier side of moderate, I could see it being more difficult if the ground was muddy or snowy though. It’s pretty cool seeing all the old mining equipment and reading the historical signs along the way.

Christina Heins-Goodman
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Hiking

Other reviews mentioned how difficult following the path was.....true statement. The trail isn’t “hard”, per day...:but it is pretty steep in areas. (Be careful for people with mobility issues or young children.) I did like The interpretative signs and old mining equipment. That made the trail interesting. But it’s not a super good trail. If you have some time, and are OK getting a little lost, give it a try. Otherwise, skip this.

Shawna Robinson
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Hiking

Was great for the kids and they liked seeing the old mining equipment.

Pamela Meyers
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Hiking

Nice trail. Hike with friends during Breck Arts Festival.

Natalie L
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Chris R
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Hiking

Probably should be labeled as an Easy hike; it's definitely on the easier side of Moderate. Did this with the family and only took about 40 minutes. There is some elevation gain but nothing intense. There are many mining relics with signs explaining the history of Colorado gold mining. Trail does branch in a few places so make sure you are staying of the path.

Jaemi G
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Jun 29 2019
Hiking

takes about an hour to wander through all the mining exhibit signs. still had a couple of muddy spots on the deeper, more shaded parts but they're easy to avoid and the rest of the trail is dry and clear

Julie W.
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Walking

Cute little loop. As other have mentioned, it’s a nice stop&go walk with kids on the interpretive trail but the signage can get confusing. As long as you’re not in a rush and up for a little exploring, you can take a look down each trail offshoot... most have a neat learning board and mining artifact.

Chad Rau
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarThu Aug 16 2018
Hiking

A great trail for kids which allows them to learn about a piece of Breckenridge's mining history. Overall a good hike with the trail switching between easy and easy-moderate terrain.

Bob Tierno
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Aug 13 2018
Hiking

Close to town. Parking at trailhead if you get there early. It's a short hike but well marked with educational areas along the way describing the gold mining methods using water hydraulic equipment.

Jenny Tole
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I would not recommend this for families. My husband and I thought we would take our 2,4,6,8 and grandparents on this easy .6 hike. We intended to do a trail run first and scope it out. Right from the start it’s a pretty steep grade that never really flattens out. The signage is confusing. Still don’t understand what is .6 because we did a loop that was just under a mile... 1/2 of which way all up hill. Not that interesting of a mining scene relative to sites if seen before. I give it 3 stars because it was a good workout and great views of Breck but not for little kids.

David Ellis
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Walking

Took the grands, 11, 9, 6, 5, and 4 for a great little hike. It's a short hike but lots of old gold mining equipment to see. Interpretive signs are posted all along the trail.

Kris C
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We went on the trail with 3 years old and 5 years old. They did great and enjoyed the hike very much. We finished in about 1.5 hours with stop and go pace. Great trail for kids with many old mining structure along the way.

April Milner
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Nice trail for kids. Quick and fun historical facts. It was a little steep for my 4 year old but my 8 and 11 year olds loved it.

Amy Hollaman
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Great trail to do with the kids. At some points it was confusing on which way to go and we ended up in a subdivision. Amazing views! Over all we would do it again!

John Crawford
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Hiking

Short hike with easy accessibility. Lots of old mining artifacts. Nice little walk close to town!,

Melissa Vincik
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A little climbing. Lots of mining equipment.

Louise V.
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Hiking

This is hike is like a walking outdoor mining museum. It's a great kid hike, too, because it's easy, and there are numerous interesting mining items spread throughout the hike.

V. A.
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Walking

Its very hight, long and steep

Deidre Arbour
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Hiking

Short hike with some interesting mining sights.

Mark Bennett
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarFri Sep 30 2016

Another nice one to break in the kids that aren't used to anything like this. Less than 2 miles round trip, basically an up and down, with cool old mining ruins. Beautiful view and beautiful section of the woods but a drop in the bucket compared to what the surrounding areas have to offer

Hardy Pottinger
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A lot more climbing than we expected.

Dani Kain
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Hiking

This was the first trail I hiked with my family in Breckenridge to become acclimated to the new elevation (we came from just above sea level a few days earlier). The trail was well marked up until we got to the road where there were many private houses. It took us about 30 minutes to get up to this road, while stopping every so often. I recommend this hike for anyone looking for something simple to hike in the morning. There’re some points of interest along the way and some history while you walk up the ridge.

Sara R.
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Hiking

Hiked this in the fall so the aspens were beautiful against the blue sky. Easy hike but fun to learn about the mining that created Breckenridge.

John W.
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Walking

Good interpretative trail with old mining exhibits and explanation.

Craig Hoff
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Hiking

If I had an interest in early mining I may have enjoyed it more. As it is, I learned a few tid bits about the local mining history. Sadly, it seems many worked hard to make a few rich. The hike itself was easy and brief: 30 minutes to complete in addition to reading the interpretive signs.

Scott Fines
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Running

cool, recreated mining relics and cabin at top of hill. just across from school on airport road. good trail running, or one for the tourists. need snowshoes after snow falls

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