Spruce Creek Road to Mohawk Lake and Continental Falls

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Arapaho National Forest

Spruce Creek Road to Mohawk Lake and Continental Falls is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length6.0 miElevation gain1,712 ftRoute typeLoop
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Note: During the winter, trail is HARD due to snow. Please check with the weather and park page before attempting. Snowshoes/microspikes are recommended when there is snow.

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

Directions from Breckenridge: Take Hwy 9 south of town. Turn right into The Crown subdivision at Spruce Creek Road. Follow the main road, taking left turns at most intersections. Look for blue diamonds on the trees while driving through the subdivision. These will help you through the newer intersections that may not be left turns. The 2wd trailhead will be on the left after approximately 1.2 miles. Four wheel drive or high clearance vehicles may continue 1.5 miles to the upper trailhead.

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Shauna Peterson
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This is one of my favorite Colorado hikes. My two girls, 10 & 13 were with us and did fine. Upper Mohawk Lake is worth the extra mileage. It’s breathtaking!

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Nicolas Petrovich
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bring snowshoes! upper trail might need poles. nice views!

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Allison Esposito
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Tessa Lasswell
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Great views - the packed snow made it easy to follow the path! Still confused about where the loop is - just made it a out and back. Lots of options to tailor hike to what you want - you can stop and go to Mayflower Lake, Lower and/or Upper Mohawk Lake.

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Lisa Crafford
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Fantastic hike. There is a loop - but the non road side is so much better I wish we had done that both up and down. Some snow on the path but manageable in hiking boots. Lake is frozen and stunning!

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Erik Spears
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Bit hard to find the trailhead but otherwise, it’s the perfect “Experience Colorado” hike!

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Lauren Schommer Kellum
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We definitely took the wrong trail.. when you make it to the first split, go left. Right is straight incline and shows as being a different trail. It was tough but great views!

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Kelli Cook
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Difficult trail if you're not used to the altitude! We had some beautiful views. The second half of the trail is definitely harder as you start going up at a steeper incline. The snow added a beautiful element, unfortunately we didn't get great views of the lake because of the fog. Would still recommend!!

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Mercedes Aponte
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David Marin
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Julie Wilmes
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Things to know before you go: Free No bathrooms Best in an AWD or 4WD vehicle From the parking lot to the upper lake and back is more like 7 miles. There are a lot of people and cars, so if you go on a weekend plan to add about .3 miles (.6 there and back) to hike to the trail head from the street parking. This map takes you up a jeep road and down a trail. Don't walk up the jeep road. It's really rocky and tough on the feet. It's also boring. The Spruce Creek Trailhead is on the left of the parking lot. Find that and take this up to the falls and lakes. This hike is difficult! Be prepared to step up/ scramble up big rocks for a long way. The waterfall is beautiful if you hike up a bit along the side. There are lots of false trails, download the map!!!!!!! It gets chilly at the top in the spring and fall, so bring tissues and a jacket.

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Nicholas Girling
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Jeff Henderson
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Super rocky and most difficult hike we’ve done to date but well worth the views at the top. As many others have mentions there are signs to “help” guide you up the mountain but they are vague in actually direction of the trails. We found out way to the tile after a few switchbacks and climbs up areas that we weren’t sure were designated trail but others seem to be doing the same. It was extremely dry and dusty but beautiful weather non the less

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Shawn Schmalken
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Trail was great. Almost died from dehydration and no food, but still living..... hopefully y’all read these reviews and not the ones in google that say it’s a 2 mile out and back walk..... this was a straight climb. Got separated from my group, somehow managed to get lost. Thanks to those on the trail who gave me some water, and sugar at the end to keep my blood sugar pumping.

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Brad Schwoegler
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Great trail with amazing views at the upper lake and the waterfall! Trail gets a little tough to navigate towards the top. Arrive early as it gets very crowded late morning

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Jenny Rehrig
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Very hard but really worth it. Also it was my husband and my first big hike in Colorado so it may not be so hard for a pro!

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Brandon Whittle
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Roshni Ladden
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Incredibly difficult, but definitwy worth it. Gorgeous lakes and trails!

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Jennifer Hedden
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Nice, got to sign for the lakes. Next time, proceed past sign and take a left up the boulders.

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Tristin Thomas
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Even if you have a vehicle with a high undercarriage, park at the first parking lot if you want to enjoy the hike through the pine forest . The hike to the lakes is pretty tough, but if you make it to lower Mohawk, you owe it to yourself to make it to upper Mohawk. It's only about 20 more minutes and it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

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Melissa Sigler
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It was okay. Spruce Creek Trail was an easyish moderate walk through woods; nothing too special. In hindsight, we should have driven up the road and started closer to the lakes, so we could have gone farther up to the higher lakes. With Spruce trail, it was a bit too much for us so we stopped at the lower lake. We did see a moose though, and I thought the old mining structures were very interesting!

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Taylor Pickering
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Shannondoah Walker
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Melissa Mersch
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HikingGreat!

Pretty difficult trail leading up to the lake after you reach the final parking lot. We parked in the first parking lot and enjoyed the hike through the trees to get to the final lot. We found a parking spot at 10:30am on a Sunday (but we just got lucky that we didn’t have to park up to a mile down the road). The waterfall is gorgeous and we sat and had lunch at the first lake. Definitely push through to the second lake because it is even better than the first! We took the road back instead of the trail through the woods and it maybe cut off a few minutes. Overall wonderful hike with incredible views!!

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Bruno Giusti
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Aubrey Arnold
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Trail Runner
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Chanty Cohen
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Fantastic trail; it was CHALLENGING but doable. Our dog had a blast, we went on a Thursday, so it was not that busy. Don't do this without trail shoes. you definitely need that extra grip. The surface of this trail is extremely uneven, rugged...

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