Spruce Creek Trail to Mohawk Lake and Continental Falls

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Spruce Creek Trail 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 moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1712 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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.

12 days ago

Enjoyable, yet early- sunken steps.

2 months ago

Beautiful views but you need to earn them. I hiked this trail in late February and definitely recommend snowshoes / spikes. The snow was fairly deep and we had to turn around eventually.

2 months ago

Great snow-shoeing trail!!

5 months ago

I hiked it after a morning snow. The trail was snowy but packed down enough to hike with just my yak tracks and hiking poles. I tried to go down the other side of trail when I reached the turn around but snow was too deep unless you have snowshoes or x-skiis. The hike in the woods was nicer anyway. Good hike with a decent elevation gain. Pretty wooded area with snow capped trees.

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6 months ago

Challenging incline for Floridians, but certainly worth it. Amazing views and the old mine was interesting to see.

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6 months ago

Lots of powder and ice, but wife and I did it without need for traction. Amazing views.

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6 months ago

Great walk but a bit icy up top and especially on the loop dirt road on the way down. Great views at top but note high winds and low temperatures topside. Saw many on the climb with inadequate clothing and shoes. Would recommend poles and grips but a really nice hike nevertheless. Next time would return via trail not roadway. Gps measured round trip from trailhead at 6.2 miles. As with other reviews top of trail not well marked with some tricky icy rock formations to negotiate especially on way back down

6 months ago

falls were partly iced over. very relaxing hike

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7 months ago

Awesome! Very very icy but well worth it. Be sure to have the right equipment. We didn't but scenery was amazing. Waterfalls were gorgeous with the ice on them. Saw mountain goats at the top.

7 months ago

Very icy on Sunday 15 October. Promised to be very nice hike but within 2 miles I fell four times. I forgot to bring traction devices. I'll try it again next time with them.

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7 months ago

Trail conditions were as expected for mid October. Icy patches were scattered all throughout the trail. This will slow you down a tad, but the view from the upper Mohawk lake will not be easily forgotten. Incredible. Would absolutely do it again.

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7 months ago

Great views! Spruce creek trail was very icy on the way up, so we chose to take the road back down.

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7 months ago

Well it had snowed the day before so the trail was very slushy most of the way. Turned around at the creek with the ice covered board as a bridge. Would have been nice in better weather.

7 months ago

A fun day of changing seasons in the Rockies. Winter arrived while we were hiking!

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7 months ago

This trail is gorgeous with pretty woodland terrain and really nice views. Had a blast hiking it with friends!

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7 months ago

Great trail with some spectacular mountain lake views.

8 months ago

Amazing views the entire hike!

8 months ago

Gorgeous, definitely recommend taking this route to Mohawk lakes!

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8 months ago

Would like to get to spend more time here hiking next time. Beautiful area!

8 months ago

I found this app after the hike, which looks very useful. Our hike took us 5 miles out to the last lake at 12,400'. The trail becomes hard to find after the 2nd to last lake. Use the rocks in the stream to cross over to the last lake which is through the short brush. Gorgeous trail! Took the road back for an easier decent. 9.9 miles round trip.

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8 months ago

This trail is simply stunning. Two things to note though. 1) Make it an out and back. Don't following the All Trails map on the way back which takes you down a rocky road for the last section. It's just a boring rocky road with not much to see. 2) The second half of the trail going up to the lakes is on the upper side of moderate. Be prepared for some strenuous climbs. Lower Mohawk lake is amazing and you may be tempted to stop there. But push on. It's worth the extra burn to get to Upper Mohawk lake.

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8 months ago

Amazing views throughout, worth the extra push to get to the top lake. The approach is incredible as your eye level with the lake. We went at a fairly decent pace from the first trail head. Took about 5 hours

8 months ago

Truly amazing hike! We made it all the way to the top with the beautiful blue lake with a 13, 9, & 6 year old. 7 hours total (there and back) and so worth it!!! Enjoy!!

9 months ago

Great hike hard to find trail at end but you'll be fine worth it

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

This trail is awesome! So much beauty to see. I plan to go back and camp so we can explore more.

Go early to beat the rush.

9 months ago

You will not regret doing this hike. The lower Lake is beautiful but I wouldn't stop there, the upper lake is worth the extra hike! We saw mountain goat at the upper lake.

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9 months ago

Hiked this on August 2 and it was really amazing!! We got caught in two brief hail/rains and even rode out the second one in the abandoned cabin near the waterfall. My family made memories today we will never forget!

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9 months ago

Hiked it August 1. Start from lower Spruce Creek Trailhead. Shaded and pretty muddy in spots, typical trail with lots of tree roots and some rocks. Cross streams several times. Cross the road at 2nd trailhead. Trail becomes more rocky and has some pretty steep ascents as you get higher. Several mining cabins along the way and great views of waterfalls. Ascent to lower mohawk lake was challenging but doable for flatlanders from Kansas. Kids did not make it all the way up. Worth the push if you have it in you to get to the lake. For the flatlanders, take your time, plenty of water and some snacks. The views are definitely worth it. We hit the trailhead at 9AM. Reached the lake at Noon and were back to the car at 1:30pm. Saw a couple young elk, lots of chipmunks and some bighorns up above the lakes.

9 months ago

Beautiful trail! Our extended family went in late July - ages 5 to 55 and we all enjoyed it. Bring water,
Bring a snack. Beautiful wooded trail with a couple of streams and lakes. Crosses other trails also.

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