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Minnie Mine Loop is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 216 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Forest

River

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

Historic site

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Take a walk past historic mines on Prospect and Mineral Hills and the remains of an old gold dredge. An exhibit of a concentration mill jig explains how miners sorted the rocks and settled out the valuable minerals. The golden aspen make this hike a real treat in autumn. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing is allowed during winter months.

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Reviews (144)
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Jeffrey Anderson
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HikingGreat!
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Glen Mattingly
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HikingRocky

Great trail but some parts are very steep grades and for this I would call this a more difficult moderate. Lots of bikes along the way but all we encountered were very nice and considerate. We hiked this rail with our 8 yo daughter and she was able to handle it well but I would not attempt with younger children. Great views along the way as well and old mine sites with the tiny remnants of the gold, silver and zinc that was mined here many years ago. Over all the view and sites of history make this a great trail to hike.

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Alice Loan
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Hiking

Nice easy trail and interesting mining ruins.

Heath Grote
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Walking

Nice pre-sunset hike with views of 3-4 mine ruins.

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Emily Freeman
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Hiking

We hiked this trail yesterday afternoon/early evening with our three young kids and had a great time. At the start of the loop, we went left (clockwise), and I think the views are better if you go right (counterclockwise). The mining and prospecting structures were a bit disappointing as it looked as though they burned down. But the views were stunning and the trees were breathtaking. Highly recommend!

Kris ..
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HikingRocky

Great hike.

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Running Start
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Hiking

Great hike.

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Kathy Carlson
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Hiking

Really nice flat trail with interpretive mining signs along the way. Would be beautiful in September. In October, most of the leaves were off the aspen trees but we still found some gold! There are lots of mountain bikes on the trail

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Kris Kojian
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Hiking

Great little hike. Lots of interesting places to stop and saw some deer. Took Minnie to the right, then on the loop back, took X10U8 back to the trailhead lot (Minnie curves down to the road). Few bikers, all very friendly.

Nicholas Hendricks
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WalkingRocky

Awesome trail little rocky find cool rocks in the piles over all one of my favorites

Anthony Mendoza
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HikingRocky

Beautiful but not meant for kids

Nora Weiss
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Hiking

Nice easy little hike, good views. You can extend it by going straight halfway through where Minnie mine goes left and downhill. I think it’s called side door.

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Jaynee Tierce
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Hiking

Poorly marked and ended up off the trail a couple of times. That frustrated the kids. We did find a fun place, Country Boy Mine, on the drive up. The family enjoying panning for gold.

Kathy Cornman
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Hiking

Trail was a little confusing but ended with sighting of a mama moose with 2 calves. Perfect conditions.

Cassie Wallace
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Hiking

Nice hike but nothing extraordinary, lots of (nice!) bikers.

Kerry Johnson
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Hiking

Nice hike but watch for bikers

John A
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Hiking

Nice Alpine. Fantastic view of Breckenridge slopes. Trails or marked very well it was a very easy hike, albeit at 10,000ft

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Jon Rasmussen
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Hiking

Trailhead has limited parking (5-6 spots), however you can park on the side of the main gravel road if necessary. Trail was completely dry on June 16th. I would recommend a different route than the one suggested by AllTrails. Their recommendation drops you onto the main gravel road that you drove in on. We took the path counter-clockwise. Right away on the trail there is a fork with Minnie Mine to the right and X10U8 to the left. Take the right path up to visit a number of old mining sites. There are amazing views of the ski area from these lookouts. You can see the rocky path of the Reiling Dredge boat as well. If you are interested in seeing the actual dredge - the trailhead is directly across the road from the Minnie Mine trailhead. There are a few interpretive spurs off of the main path. You will eventually reach a spot in the trail that curves to the left - at this point you will still be in the trail that AllTrails recommends. You will come to a fork with 3 options-right, straight, and left. Take the left trail that heads uphill, which will connect with the trail that you came in on. The trail to the right will take you down to the main road. Overall, nice trail that is shaded nearly the entire way, with great views and interesting Breckenridge history.

Carey Sullivan
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Hiking

Nice starter trail, no mud, took the side door trail up higher who was a bit tricky coming down due to gravel and rocks, poles were used. Great view of Breck from the top!

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Amy Perchick
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Nice southern facing trail which was perfect for this snowy year. There was snow in places and poles were helpful for the climbs woth snow. Cool mining ruins and some nice views. Took about an hour.

Allie Reichert
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HikingMuddy

Very nice trail with a gentle incline for people who want to feel like they are on an alpine hike without the uphill trek. The second half of the Minnie mine was difficult to locate, so we ended up taking XIOU8 for the last 1/2 mile or so. Muddy and snowy but didn’t need of crampons. Poles were a help though with kids in packs on our back

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Becky Britton
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Hiking

The smell of the forest is great. interpretive trails go off of main trail and take you to mine shafts etc. learned about the gold mines which was interesting. Although it also made us get on a different trail for a while but it was easy to figure out how to get back on the Minnie Mine trail again. Nice relaxing trail. Round trip 1.5 hours including getting “lost”

Jessica Schulze
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I ended hooking up with the Mineral Hill trail which was pretty flat and wrapped around the hill, going through several boulder fields. It would be very pretty when the aspens were changing.

Jeff Mcalary
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Easy hike close to Breckinridge. Great view of the ski area in the distance. The abandoned mines along the trail make it more interesting than just a regular hillside hike. There are additional trails branching off if you want to go longer.

Lauren P.
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Hiking

Nice short hike. Best views of the mountain are early, take your pictures if you want to then! Cool ruins of old mines. You could join the section of the X10u8 trail (I think I spelled that right) instead of going down to the road if you hate walking on the road.

Christa M.
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Hiking

I arrived by midmorning and there was still plenty of parking. Loads of really cool dredges, tailings and mine ruins for history nuts to enjoy. Bikes are allowed on this trail. I can see how it might be hard to share the trail in some places where it is super narrow on the hillside. It is always good to practice trail etiquette and to pass on the info politely...if you haven't already been run over. Hikers, beware. The trail is just a giant tube of golds, oranges, and reds that will only intensify in color here in a week or so. Bring the kids. Bring the camera. Happy Hiking!

J K.
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Hiking

Good easy acclimating walk. Good links to other trails to extend the excursion.

Mary Falstad
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Hiking

Easy trail to get acclimated. beautiful trees and kids enjoyed the mines.

Tara Fusilier
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Hiking

Great easy hike to get acclimated. Only saw bikers, no other hikers. Not many Mountain views, but the trees are wonderful.

Thomas Fast
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Easy hike through the woods with several interesting old abandoned mines to see and a handful of surprising vistas. Great mix of ease (I make a point of this as I am older and live a sedentary lifestyle near sea level), historically significant sites, and beautiful vistas.

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