Explore the most popular river 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Just an awesome trail with a creek, giant waterfall, panoramic Mountain View’s, wildflowers, and the choice of 4 lakes. It’s a very good workout, so bring enough water and snacks. Enjoy!

hiking
1 day ago

We did and out and back of the first 2 miles of Burrow Trail with our 4 and 6 year old sons. The scenery was great and there were plenty of opportunities for the boys to explore the adjacent creek. The terrain was perfect for a family hike!

Great family hike and rock scrambling!

hiking
3 days ago

Absolutely AMAZING time hiking up Quandary on Sunday. After camping near Blue Lake just down the road, my girlfriend and I got started up the trail at about 6:20am. The trail had lots of friendly folks on it, but i never felt that it was overcrowded. I can honestly say, this wasn't easy. However we didn't feel it was extremely hard either. It was the perfect balance. Total roundtrip was just about 6 hours from the lower lot and that was with spending about 20-30 minutes at the summit. The Summit experience was very rewarding! So many people up top smiling, taking photos, and sharing stories. The hike down was extremely hard on my knees, but trekking poles made it a bit better.

As a side note, I believe I accidentally left my light blue Camelback backpack in the lower lot so if anyone happened to find it, please contact me at jasondlyman@gmail.com.

hiking
4 days ago

Reviews are a bit confusing - there is the scenic gravel road, but also unmaintained forest service trails above the dam. we hiked around for about 2.5 miles on these and were rewarded with beautiful views, wildflowers, marmots, pikas, chipmunks, and even mountain goats! beautiful alpine streams and scenic overlooks. altitude was rough for a Floridian's first day in CO but definitely a good choice for an early hike! not too steep but still gorgeous, and not crazy crowded at 8 am. be sure to keep driving past where the GPS tells you to go to the upper trailhead on the right side of the dam.

The trail to the waterfall is mostly all a road. Fun short walk/hike for kids. Beautiful views.

hiking
4 days ago

I tackled Quandary for the second time on Saturday. I’m a moderately active 38-year-old from Kansas City. We arrived in Summit County on Thursday, hiked Shrine Pass in Vail on Friday to warm up our legs and lungs, and then hit Quandary trailhead on Saturday morning at 5:45 am. Had no trouble parking in the lower lot, but cars were arriving regularly. It was a perfectly clear day - my husband and I reached the summit in about 4 hours. Last year it took me nearly 6 as I had no idea what I was getting into and almost quit several times. This year I prepared mentally and trained starting with using the stairclimber at least once a week since April, weightlifting once or twice a week, hill sprints, hiking mild hills with a weighted pack, lunges and box step-ups, and pushing and pulling a weighted sled. Additionally I used trekking poles this year which I did not have last year, and we brought a little can of oxygen we found at the grocery store. It was a much more positive experience for this flatlander and though it was still very difficult, I couldn’t stop smiling! The trail is intense and nearly straight up from the beginning with only a couple short flats. I think the ascent from 12k-13k ft (as well as the descent of this part) is mentally the worst as it takes a lot longer than you think this part will. But getting up to that 13k ft ridge provides amazing views and a nice rest before hitting the final steep ascent. We also got to see a mountain goat here, both on the way up and when we were headed back down, which was a highlight for me. The trail was very busy, as I expected from last year, but it was fun meeting people along the way as everyone was friendly and supportive. The last ascent to the summit is grueling and steep, rocks on rocks on rocks, and it’s difficult to see the summit most of the way so it feels like you are going nowhere for a long time. But reaching the summit was so exhilarating, especially after shaving a couple hours off my time from last year! Attitude is everything but proper training helps too, especially if you aren’t conditioned to the mountains! Even with trekking poles, I do think the descent was more difficult this year and took longer, but last year we got caught in a snow squall until we reached the tree line so that may have sped us up a bit! Also, both years I did this, my iPhone clocked over 10 miles, as opposed to the 6 on the description.

First 14ner . What an awesome experience. I trained for six months, with cardio. Swim spin and cycling. The reality being from Ohio is there is no way to prepare for the altitude. Everyone is going to be affected differently. I would say having enough water can’t be understated. I consumed 3 liters and wished I had more. The key is the summit is taking your time. As previously stated very loose rock at the top. The reward is at the summit. Enjoy it! The trip down is / equally challenging. Poles are a plus for stability. Your knees will thank you. I hiked this on 7/20, with an awesome weather day. Hazy in the morning, but cleared on the way down and it got warm. A week later they experience snow and hail. Always be prepared for changing weather regardless of the forecast.
I did have full cell service at the summit. None at the trail head.

hiking
6 days ago

Fun hike with a variety of scenery! Strongly suggest going through Breck and then returning the same way!! Loved this hike!

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome first 14er. Wife and I made it up with relative ease. Summit views of the adjacent peaks are gorgeous!

Did this 14er today. It was my first 14er alone so I wanted a heavy trafficked trail. I am an in shape 27 year old and well acclimated to 14ers and altitude and it took me 5 hours start to finish. I would say this is a moderately hard 14er. If you are in shape and used to altitude you will not have any problems. :) It hailed on and off pretty much my whole decent even though the weather forecast did not say that was coming. I ended up running down hill almost a mile in the storm to make it to my car before it really downpoured. As with all 14ers its a good idea to bring a rain jacket of sorts so your not soaked while hiking if a storm does come your way. If you are hiking alone and nervous this is a great trail as you are constantly surrounded by people. If you want solitude I would not recommend this trail. There was barely even room to sit at the peak!

hiking
6 days ago

The first mile is like an amazing fairy tale Forrest right beside the creek! It’s gorgeous!! I went about 4 out of the 6 miles because it got a little creepy the farther I went up. I was alone and I got scared a mountain lion was gonna jump out lol There’s a lot of rocky areas but for the most part its a pretty easy hike. You should at least check out the 1st mile of this trail it’s really incredible.

hiking
6 days ago

We did it! By we, I mean two 48 yr olds and 3 teenagers: Nina, Casey and Reagan. We've been here for 6 days & have done a few hikes already. Hit the trail at 9:30 on a Friday. Parking was easy as the early hikers were coming off. Prior to the hike read all these reviews and then some. Definitely helped to prepare. First time doing a 14er and so glad we did it! We are not seasoned hikers and found this challenging especially walking on all the loose rocks. Steep incline most of the entire hike so was dreading the hike down. Hit the summit in 3 hours. Then the storm rolled in. Hail in August! Snow on neighboring mountains. The forecast was for a clear day...got to love Colorado! Then the thunder...thankfully the rain held off for awhile. We made it down in only 1 hr 15 mins! Views were amazing! Overall a tough hike but take your time and enjoy the views!

off road driving
8 days ago

Drove as far up as allowed in stock 4runner TRD off road. No problem but the road is pretty beat up and has only gotten worse with time. Would definitely recommended a good 10+ inch clearance if you are gonna go past the last parking section. Once to end of the 4x4 road it was about a 30-45 minute hike up rocks and steep incline. Did this at the end of the day saturday and it wasn't too busy. Any earlier and the trail is generally mobbed with people.

Easy hike around the lake and up to see an amazing waterfall.

trail running
8 days ago

It was the perfect morning for a jog! The trail was easily followed and it only took me 2.5 hours up and back down. :)

hiking
8 days ago

As everyone has said- AMAZING hike! Although I will just add my 2 cents about the “rough road” that you can drive on to get you closer to the actual trail...I was in a Honda Pilot (4wd and good clearance)...and I managed to drive maybe a half mile up that “road” and decided to park it. Pretty intense off-roading conditions! I’m no off-road expert- but I live in Utah and drive on many dirt roads- and this one was pretty intense. However- definitely saw many other 4WD vehicles (some with less clearance than mine!) that made it up further- so maybe I’m a wimp:) Anyway- we did walk the 1.5 miles to the start of the actual trail and didn’t mind...I was with my 15 yo nephew and my little dog and we only made it to lower Mohawk lake and decided to turn around. Would have liked to have pressed on to the upper lake, but the rock scrambling sections were pretty intense for my dog so we turned back- but still an absolutely gorgeous day! (Bonus- as we were walking up the road around 8:30 am- there was a mama and baby moose grazing in the first meadow you see from the road- looking to the left.)

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail for intermediate-experienced hikers with incredible views near the top! Trail was well maintained with various signs along the way. From the main parking lot, you have the option to go on the Spruce Creek trail (walking) or continuing on to the right with an off-road vehicle (accurately displayed with a dashed blue line). It does save some time to use the off-road trail if you are not looking to go the full distance from the main parking lot. But I definitely recommend the Spruce Creek Trail route for nice views through the trees. If you do choose the off-road trail there are multiple spots where low-clearance and 2-wheel-drive vehicles could run into issues, especially after a storm. There were multiple cars parked off to the side at various spots on the gravel road but there are two big dirt lots for parking before eventually joining up with Spruce Creek trail and then leading onto Mayflower Lake (the first lake). We stopped just beyond Mayflower Lake after keeping to the right of some cabins at the base of the incredible waterfalls. It is a bit of a scramble around the waterfalls but I highly recommend seeing them! We also passed hikers on the way down that said the higher lakes were unbelievable! We will definitely be stopping again! Cheers!

Weather was perfect. Whole family made it to the summit. 7 year old climbed on own and 4 year old rode on my back. Distance is at least 1.2 miles off, not even close to 6 miles round trip. Plan on 7.2.

my 1st 14er and it was amazing! Starting hiking at 5am (with head lamps) & watched the sunrise once we got above the tree line. The upper section had me sucking air. I don't hike on a regular basis, so anyone that hikes can make this climb. the views on top are incredible!!! I would recommend this hike for anyone that wants to do a 14k mountain.

Enjoyed this hike this morning! Mountain goats in the distance and views were amazing. We went all the way to the top. Took our time on the steep sections so as to keep it fun. Not to difficult if you get an early start and take your time.

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail! I was staying at the resort so the trailhead was just outside my door. As others have said- mostly shaded, nice wide trail, beautiful creek for the first mile or so. A few “rocky” sections but all relatively short. I went a little more than 3 miles out and had gained about 1,000 ft. So, a great hike for acclimating to altitude. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is the lack of an “oh wow!” Finish. There were very pretty views of the big mountains once you get to about 3 miles...but not a clear/defined finish. Which is okay, too:)

I’m giving this a 5 Star because the feeling is amazing when you finally get to the top and the views are beautiful, but PLEASE don’t take this lightly. I consider myself a seasoned hiker that has tackled lots of “thrill” hikes around the country, but this was my first 14er. I underestimated the difficulty of hiking at altitude (never hiked above 10k feet) and it’s safe to say I suffered a minor case of altitude sickness. Blue lips, numb fingers, almost complete loss of ability to move my body up towards the last half mile. Had to dig deep and finally got a second wind (or fight or flight lol) and made it to the top. The descent was painfully difficult. There are people who will review this as “easy” and I admire them, but for A LOT of people - even seasoned hikers and athletes - find this extremely difficult. Super worth it, but know your limits! Also, I clocked the distance on my watch at closer to 8 miles round trip from parking lot to summit and back. Keep that in mind as well!

Amazing! Would do it again in a heartbeat!

hiking
10 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes near summit county for several reasons . One it is gorgeous and two you can hike for as long as you want . You can hike to first lake and have a fun outing. You can hike to 2nd Lake and have a longer hike or for the adventurous you can hike to the top and summit mt fletcher which is almost a 14’r at 13950’!!! The views are amazing and provides a great view of quandary without all the crowds!! Just follow the rock pyramids for trail locations .. you can see my trail locations on the app for where to hike. It’s a 5-6 hr hike to do fletcher but it’s worth it !!

hiking
10 days ago

OMG do not stop at the first parking lot where the AllTrails map program says to stop ! It adds 1.5 to 2 hrs to your hike of not so pretty walking !!! If you have 4wd or Awd or decent clearance on your vehicle keep driving for another 1-2 miles to get to another trailhead . I saw Yukon’s , Subaru’s, big SUV’s further up the road at parking lot 2,3 and 4 . To get much past parking lot 4 on the road you need off-road 4wd. The first 1/4 mike is the worst and the road improves after that first part and goes for over 2 miles further. . It makes so much better sense to start at end of road and save 2 hrs of walking in and out on the road or through forest on roots!! Also enables you to have time to go to Lake 3,4 ,5 or even 6 for the adventurous!!
Spend your time checking out gorgeous lakes and not walking on road you could have driven on...
the lakes are amazing and all different which is cool. Basically, the higher you climb the prettier it gets !!!!

hiking
11 days ago

It took me 9 hours to complete the hike trail head to peak and back. Possibly i was out of shape this year. Not a starter 14er for me.

hiking
11 days ago

This trail should not be underestimated. Yes, the ascent is hard (as all 14ers are), but in my opinion, the descent is harder! Even with hiking poles, the scree (which goes on for miles - no joke) makes you feel like you are walking on marbles. The views are gorgeous and the wildlife is adorable. Just know your limits!

Views are hard to beat! A few sections where you have to navigate through large rocks, which made it a little s difficult for some in the group.

hiking
11 days ago

Arrived the night before and slept in the car. Woke up at 4 am, started hiking at 4:15 to beat the crowds and watch the sun rise from the false summit. It was great, because the morning light illuminated the mountains around in beautiful pink color and made the mountain ranges well defined, in contrary to the later light. Also, we were super happy that we didn't have to hike in a train of people blasting music on their way up (smh). It took us 2h50min to the top and some 2 hrs down. It wasn't easy, but also not super difficult, if you hike regularly...

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