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.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,712 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

Great trail. Do not attempt without snow shoes. Even if you are only doing the loop.

hiking
2 months ago

Spikes will do you no good here. Snow is so sticky it sticks to your spikes. Last parts of the trail are not trafficked well.

hiking
snow
6 months ago

We did this hike yesterday, and made it up all the way to Upper Mohawk Lake. We broke trail from the cabins to upper Mohawk Lake. Snow shoes are probably required past the cabins. The road and Spruce Creek trail are nicely packed snow. No spikes or snowshoes needed. After the next several storms, it might become quite difficult to get to upper Mohawk Lake as we had to cross some rather large drifts. We had great weather.. albeit quite windy at upper Mohawk Lake. Solid weather report here: https://trekweather.com/us/colorado/trail/spruce-creek-road-to-mohawk-lake-and-continental-falls/65

hiking
snow
6 months ago

We started on the Spruce Creek Trail through the forest, which was beautiful with the sunshine. The last half mile up to the lower mohawk lake was very hard because of the snow and icy Parts and the lack of snowshoes/microspikes. Also the path wasn‘t visible upwards of the Continental falls. Went back on the spruce creek Road (which you should definitely not drive by car!) which was nice too.

backpacking
snow
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Lake and waterfall at the top well worth the effort. Nice mix of shade and sun. Lake was low on this late September day but the falls were still flowing. Lots of roots on the first half of the trail and as the roots disappeared so did the trail markers. We were able to find are way thanks to other hikers on the trail . I strongly endorse this trail and would do it again.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

Awesome trail. Here’s my advice. Go early to beat the crowds. Like as soon as there’s enough light to see. When we got to the lake there was only our group and 1 other person there on a Saturday morning. On the way out we probably passed 150 people. Also if you can take the 4wd trail in your vehicle do it. If not. Follow the the trail in the woods from the 2wd parking area. Don’t walk up the dusty rocky 4wd road.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

Big Mohawk Lake was dope. It’s a tuff hike, be prepared.

hiking
8 months ago

road is not pleasant but upper trail nice

Took the car route on the way up, but took the correct path on the way back as you can tell from my recording. The last mile or so from the lake is the hardest because it is steep and rocky.

fishing
9 months ago

Great trek up to Mohawk lakes. Last mile is pretty steep but totally worth it - wish I had brought my trekking poles, though. Also it’s really easy to miss the actual trailhead and end up walking the Jeep road instead (which is fine, just not as fun). Lots of cutthroat trout in the lower lake - great fishing destination.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

highly recommend

hiking
9 months ago

No major wildlife sightings but still a very pretty hike. The stretch in the forest (~1/2 the distance) is very easy, but it gets a lot steeper once you pass the sign for the lower Continental Falls vista. Both Mohawk lakes are worth the effort. Great altitude acclimation hike for 14ers!

hiking
blowdown
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

Great day, cool temps. Miles 3 and 5 had the biggest ups (about 425 to 450ft). Made it to lake 3. Saw a red tailed fox with a huge puffy tail by lake 2 (super blue lake with golden trout). Saw an otter or large ferret crossing a snow bank 5 mins later. Lots of lost mining history in the area. Mining cars, rails, mining camp with some old cabins and huge cable lifts as well as partial mine shafts if you spend a little time looking. Sorry there was no moose, elk or sheep sightings, but there were tons of sheep hair tuffs sticking to bushes all over.

hiking
9 months ago

Picture perfect day. Wildflowers still this late in August. Waterfalls, lakes, old cabins and mining equipment and Mountain Goats at the Mohawk Lake.

Great views at the top of the trail at the lakes. A lot of uphill walking but definitely worth it and the way back is much easier.

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

We took the Spruce Creek Trail up to the Mohawk Lakes Trail going up and took the Spruce Creek “never ending” Road coming back to try and beat an afternoon thunderstorm ⛈. The Trail is more scenic than the Road, both pale in comparison to the Mohawk Trail though.. Mohawk Lakes and the Falls are incredible. Did a lot of off trailing to get some incredible views of the Falls.. It is a workout especially for us Midwesterners from flat states.. our family of six rocked it though (age range: 48, 48, 20, 18, 16, 12). The lakes are awesome, trout in the second lake swim right up to you. Highly recommend if you are in the area.

hiking
off trail
9 months ago

Took a little detour here and there and skipped mayflower lake, but gorgeous hike! Wheeler trail is a nice way to cut out part of the dirt road on the way back, it just connects between the road and spruce creek trail.

hiking
9 months ago

We really enjoyed this trail! If I were to do it again I’d skip the Spruce Creek Road Portion and just go up and back on the Spruce Creek Trail. It’s shaded and more interesting than taking the Spruce Creek Road which is hot and rocky.

hiking
9 months ago

We loved this trail from start to finish. I don’t know how distance is calculated, but if you traverse the redlined path exactly—starting at the 2wd parking area, finishing at the upper lake, and back—you are looking at approximately 10 to 10.5 miles, not 6.

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