Spruce Creek Loop

EASY 54 reviews
#40 of 152 trails in

Spruce Creek Loop is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
984 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

washed out

28 days ago

Great trail!!!!! Take your time and explore look around. We went to the falls and ended up being 7mi around the loop.

2 months ago

Do yourself a favor—DRIVE IN! If you park at the trail head, you have about a 1.5–2.0 mile hike ahead of you that will be uphill over a hard, rocky, road, with no views. Unknowingly, we did this, and by the time we got to the halfway point on the loop, our kids were too tired and make the ascent up to beautiful lakes and waterfalls and we had to turn back. All along the way, we see the smart people’s cars who had driven in the extra half-mile or mile and then strolled up the rest of the way. We ended up taking the loop the rest of the way around, walking back down through the slightly prettier wooded part of the loop, but still no views. If you do only the loop and don’t plan to go up to the lakes, prepare for a disappointing hike that is hard on your knees. Read all the really glowing reviews here, and you’ll notice they ALL went up the lakes, which isn’t even part of this hike! (See the Mohawk Lakes hikes for those).

hiking
3 months ago

Hard not to give this 5 stars as it's a really nice area. We chose to hike up the road section on the way up and the trail on the way back. The road is definitely not car friendly, but I almost think a stout 2 wheel drive truck could get up to at least the cutoff to Crystal Lake, but a 4 wheel drive will go up this no problem and 3 guys were parked all the way to the end at the Spruce Creek reservoir area. The road is definitely 4 x 4 for the last stretch though. Ugly!. Anyway, hiking up the road part in the a.m. was still nice and shady for the most part. It was 1.2 miles to the Crystal Lake cutoff and a few vehicles were parked here. Shortly after this spot is a road that bears right and that would be the loop part of this description. We opted to stay on the main road instead. Then at 1.6 miles there was another place one could park and start walking, and beyond this point the road becomes pretty ugly. We decided to go on to the lower and upper Mohawk Lakes once we got there too. The lower lake has a lot of trails breaking off all over, but they all wind up at the lake. Lower Mohawk lake is really shallow, and a good spot to take a break. Then the trail to the upper lake is more defined. Mind you, several people were getting turned around here and taking a trail that beared right, and that's not the one. Once you get on the right trail the lake is not far at all. Maybe a half mile. When you are on the final approach to the upper lake you are in for a surprise. It is literally a negative edge lake!!! Your eyes are level with the lake as you take the last few steps up to it. Really cool!! This is a much deeper lake than the lower, and we could see trout swimming along the edges. I wet a line but they weren't havin it :) Very nice spot and from here you can hike even higher to the lakes that lie above. We turned around and headed back and took the trail on the way down. We encountered some mountain goats one our walk back too. Always neat to see some wildlife. My Garmin read 6.4 total for this hike. I must add that this is the first time I have ever seen mosquitoes anywhere I have hiked in Colorado. I was beginning to think they didn't have any. Not bad, but there were a few. Busy trail for sure, lots of people out here today.

3 months ago

Definitely stick to just the south end of the loop and wear bug spray or you'll constantly be slapping at mosquitoes! Very pretty hike through spruce trees and at the halfway point you can continue on to Mayflower Lake and the Mohawk Lakes (but if you do this, plan on it being an all day trip...it is so gorgeous!).

3 months ago

Great hike. I echo what’s been said before that the south end half of the loop is beautiful and the northern half is just a off road vehicle road. Just do the down and back on the southern half.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun trail, still lots of snow!! Lots of traffic but there are different paths/reverse loops.

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike! We were originally looking for something mellow so we choose this trail because it was rated on here as easy, and I gotta say it should definitely be rated harder in the winter. In early April the entire trail is still packed with feet of snow, making it very tough to walk. We put in a good 7 miles on this hike, going past the meadow to the mohawk lake trail towards the Continental Falls. There's an amazing cabin some ways up, and from here we walked through knee deep snow all the way up to the top. Had we known what we were getting into, we would've brought snowboard gear to ride down, so many solid tree runs just waiting to be hit. Perfect backcountry riding! Will definitely be back next season to shred this majesty

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail, we went with the pups and did a little snow hiking. Highly recommend sticks and shoes that won’t make you slip around on the ice.

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Expect to see some crowds. Starting on the southern half of the loop the trail is wooded and shady. Spend some time exploring the small pond and stream near the trail midpoint. The northern half of the loop is less of trail and more of an off-road vehicle access road - if I did this hike again I'd skip the second half of the loop and make the it an out-and-back along the southern half.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Two minutes of views. People-zoo / bro-fest with walking examples of every 'dont be this hiker on the trail' behavior.

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Beautiful hike, worth the extra effort to get to upper Mohawk lake. Continental Falls was awesome too. Only negative was that we did the loop and the descent was boring coming down on the service road. I would make it an out and back and avoid the service road.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Good hike. Busy. Keep in mind there is a parking spot right at the top. Sort of ruined the feeling of being away from it all. Good time nonetheless. Our 4 and 6 year old had a good time but barely made it.

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

This Hike is not "lightly" trafficked. There were large groups both coming and going on the trail side of the beginning. It is also ALL uphill until Mayflower lake. There are a bunch of mosquitos at the top so bring bug spray or don't stop. The second half of the loop is a gravel road which was easy and sunny but not too picturesque. It's lovely at the lake and there's a option to continue to Mohawk. We didn't go that far.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Great hike with our kids. Our 3 yr old was in a pack part of the hike and the 6 yr old did the whole thing. He loved the streams and bridges. A great hike.

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Really nice hike, especially if you decide to visit the lakes and the waterfall.

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