Explore the most popular birding trails near Breckenridge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Just hiked from Frisco to Breck...solid 8 mile hike to get in some conditioning before summer backpacking. We were moving comfortably and it took us about 3 and 1/2 hours. Not many views or epic vistas as it’s pretty forested the entire time. When we got to the trailhead in Breck, we were still actually 2.5 miles from mainstreet, but we discovered there is a free shuttle that runs from that resort right there to take you down into town. We also discovered that if you need a beer afterwards, you can call Broken Compass brewery shuttle and they will pick you up for free and take you to their brewery. Overall, would recommend this trail for conditioning, but I’m sure there are others in the area that would be better for photos...still had a great time!

My 2nd time up Quandary yesterday after a couple year hiatus and it didn't disappoint. Had a picture perfect day where you could have been on summit till nightfall. Snowy in spots, but still manageable in boots. I brought spikes but never used em.. to each their own. Easiest and most fun way to get down was sliding down on the rump, so make sure to wear waterproof pants of some sort. Having now done 8 14ers, I can still say Quandary has some of the best views. Enjoy!

Did this hike on Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday 5/26. The views from the top and the alpine lake are spectacular! However, at the moment, the trail conditions are pretty miserable - lots of mud and lots of soft snow. The second half on the way is quite steep and the final push to Lower Mohawk Lake was a snow covered mess. BUT the lake is unfrozen and really beautiful. So again, tough as the conditions are, it’s definitely worth it. This seems like it would be a great summer hike.

We caught the trailhead in Breckenridge and hiked in about 3.8 miles before turning around. Round trip (7.6 miles) took us 3 hours. It was not difficult and there weren’t many people which was fantastic. Most of the snow was melted - but there were a few patches here and there. Loved how the stream crossed the trail in numerous places. Only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was because there weren’t a lot views - it was mostly forest. But still gorgeous!

Great hike with family.

Hiked this trail over Memorial Day Weekend and it was a great hike. The distance wasn't terrible, got a good sweat, and the end was rewarding as well. The directions on this hike get you right there. Still parts where there was snow, but it wasn't an issue. The only other comment i have is its easy to miss the actual start of the trail head because when you arrive there is a large opening with a dirt road where the trail map sign is at. I assumed this is where it starts. The trailhead is actually on the left, but the road that is by the trail sign will get you to the same spots, its just a different route and not an actual trail. Overall, recommendable hike

Beautiful views all around! The majority of the trail is within the trees and suddenly you emerge to see some of the most stunning mountains. Trail can be done easily with hiking boots but past the gate to the mines you’ll posthole with all the snow up there

hiking
1 day ago

Ran part of this trail out and back. Rocky/beautiful/steep in places....as a flat lander it was a push to get the run in...lots of huffin and puffin but very glad to have spent some time on the Peaks!

A group of 6 of us hiked the trail yesterday. It was a beautiful hike and fairly challenging., especially the last 1,000ft. There was not much snow until you got to the top. Good hike with friends. Took us 4hrs to summit and 2hrs to hike down.

Went today. It was beautiful and warm. Still lots of snow, but packed and a little icy. Not too much post holing if you stay in tracks. Not icy up top. I’d recommend yak tracks and a pole. Tons of goats!!!

off road driving
2 days ago

The scenery was very good and it’s always fun to be on the divide. The drive from Breckenridge was quick and the road is well maintained. Went up in in the Land Rover but could have made it with the Subaru. It was 90 degrees in Denver and a nice cool 65 degrees at the pass. If you’re looking for an off-road adventure this is not it, but if you want some spectacular views then do it. Will go again.

hiking
4 days ago

For the next month, I would suggest spikes, poles and pants. Don’t forget a coat and some sunscreen. It was chilly once you get out of the tree line. The last mile to the summit is a bear and snow covered. The views at the top are well worth it. Get on the trail early. Know the weather before hand because you are exposed after the first mile. Really fun hike! 1st 14er!! Whoop whoop!

Amazing hike, one of my favorites! Proposed to my fiance at the top next to a waterfall

hiking
4 days ago

The trail started just outside of our resort in Breckenridge. Great trail in mid-Spring with some snow and great views. Hopped the free bus back to Breck and the hotel. Looking forward to the next trip!

If you take the Ten Mile Peak trail towards town (just past Rainbow Lake), it will cut off a little time.

Really nice loop and super close to Breck.

Awesome hike to the old mining camp! Snow past there is very deep so we stoped at the buildings. By far my favorite hike. Awesome picture opportunities at the camp! Did it with just hiking boots

hiking
14 days ago

Bring your yaktrax and poles to make your life easier during this time of the year. The lower section, for about 2 miles, has a nice pack and is pretty breezy. Once you get past the “1 mile to Lower Mohawk” sign, you will run into soft snow and deep post holes. I would definitely go early, when the snow is more stiff, if you plan on making it to Mohawk Lakes without snowshoes. Wasn’t able to make it past Lower Mohawk since I didn’t bring my snowshoes. It’s gonna be an awesome summer hike!! Looking forward to getting back on this trail.

Trail is hard packed until the cluster of mining buildings. With an 8am start, we made it to a mile past the mining buildings through the open field before the snow started to melt and we had persistent problems with postholing without snowshoes. The snow is still waist-deep in that field. Get an earlier start if possible if you want to descend before the snow changes. Lots of backcountry skiers on the trail.

Enjoyable, yet early- sunken steps.

hiking
17 days ago

got to trailhead a little after 6. summit by 10:30 in spikes & with plenty of stops. back at car by 1. packed snow all the way to summit. go early and stay on trail (even if it looks like snow has been packed by previous hikers) you will post hole until you want to cry #goats

hiking
17 days ago

Really fun, moderate trail. I went Frisco to Breck. It was a modest gain and definitely doable. As of today, the trail is 80% snow covered. The snow is packed pretty good through the center of the trail, so no snowshoes or yak tracks needed. I brought both with me and didn’t end up using them. You can definitely knock it out with a set of hiking sticks. You’re gonna post hole a couple dozen times, so expect your shoes to get wet. From TH to TH, just under 8 Miles. The snow is gonna slow you down a bit, so plan accordingly. Overall, it was a great hike!! Definitely will do again.

hiking
18 days ago

Did this on 06/25/17. It was my first Fourteener. So took around 4 hours to reach the top. View was amazing. Too icy on the top. Be careful while coming down.

snowshoeing
20 days ago

Stunning beauty with all the snow-covered peaks!! Sunny skies and an occasional breeze. And the trail was about 99% covered in snow, except the very beginning.

We arrived shortly before 7am and a few spots remained in the parking lot. The gate at McCullough Gulch road remains closed and snow drifts block the road. Definitely bring spikes for traction. Snowshoes came in very handy in the afternoon for the last mile down, and we still post-holed in a few spots. Poles are very helpful, too, for balance in the soft snow.

The snow enhanced the beauty but made it more difficult (5 1/2 hrs to summit vs 3 1/2 in the summer). Allow for additional time to descend.

Still, totally worth it for us. Mountain goats, skiers, mountain beauty, snow covered peaks, and even those who parachuted off the mountain. Fantastic day!! Wouldn't trade.

Ascended 5-5-18 as my first 14er! Started hiking just after 6, and a lot of people were also beginning then. Made it back to the car at 12:30. We took our time and took two 20 minute breaks, one before the last 1000 feet and one at the peak. This trail is certainly difficult, and the altitude affected hikers on the trail. Some would say anyone could complete this, but I’d probably advise against that if you don’t have a cardio routine and haven’t acclimated.
The trail was snow the the entire way up, we brought snowshoes but didn’t use them. Although, on the descent, we post-holed enough that we should have put them on. We wore spikes the entire time which I highly recommend! Overall, the best experience I could have ever asked for for my first 14er!

hiking
22 days ago

I hiked Quandary this morning (5/5 6a-noon), so here are a few tidbits that I thought would be helpful.

- The trail is 95% snow-packed from bottom to top. Only a bit of rocky dirt trail at the beginning and slush there as the weather warms up.
- I only wore hiking boots. I would not recommend this! To be honest, the only reason I didn't wear microspikes is because REI didn't have the color microspkes I wanted (... I know I know). I made it up/down without issue, but I watched my footing very carefully (especially over the icy spots and the last steep 1000 feet) and even then slipped 5-6 times. It was also rough on my ankles since I had to keep digging my boots into the hard snow.
- Microspikes are all you need. My friends wore microspikes and did great. There was an equal mix of microspikers and skiiers. Very few people were snowshoeing.
- I never use hiking poles but the vast majority of people had them and I hear they're very helpful.
- My friends and I hiked down, but most people skiied down. Very few were snowshoeing.

Hope that's helpful. The weather was fantastic so get out there tomorrow if you can!

The mud starts around where the trails meet. Mud continues on Horseshoe Gulch, the Colorado Trail is nice for a little ways and then there is untracked snow on trail, didn’t make it very far. Knee boots or gaiters and you should be fine.

Maybe give this trail a couple weeks or be ready for some muddy tracks. :-)

hiking
27 days ago

Completed this on 4/28. It was incredible! The snow was packed on the way to the top and we timed our peak at the best possible time getting there around 12:30. Blue skies and it was actually hot. Started making our way down around 1 which was perfect timing to miss the changing weather. It was warm about half way down so the packed snow we had on the way up was slush and caused a good bit of post holing. Overall, best views and conditions for our group!
Crampons/spikes/yaktrax are all that is needed.

hiking
28 days ago

Hiked on April 28, 2018. Spikes were definitely all we needed in the hike up, but snowshoes would have been helpful with the post-holing on the way back down. It was the most perfect day to be on top of a 14er - made the summit around 11am, 5mph wind, sunshine &@ probably 40 degrees. Also, summiting in the spring made this hike much less crowded than a summer day! Would recommend.

hiking
28 days ago

Climbed in May 2016. It was a snow climb and extremely warm windy. Due to not preparing properly I received 2nd wind and Sun burns on my face and lips. Prepare well and never underestimate the power of Mother Nature. Great hike!

This trail actually came out to be closer to 4ish miles and the elevation gain was really not bad! The trail to the cabins/ruins is packed, you could probably even get by without added traction but it did help me (microspikes)! After the cabins I'd recommend snowshoes/skis as it's not packed, I tried to get up to the mining stuff and post-holed the whole time so I turned around. Beautiful views of the mountains both in front and behind, a really good sized parking lot (it does come up on you kind of fast so be prepared!) with no facilities but definitely a great hike! I'd love to see it in summer with no snow too!

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