Explore the most popular views 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
13 hours ago

Nice short hike with good incline on the way up. Fabulous views. Be aware of the weather. Boreas Pass from Breck in much better shape than Como side. Como side is pretty rough and a slow go unless you’re in a Jeep or similar vehicle.

hiking
19 hours ago

Great day hike! The scenery is spectacular. Would recommend getting an early start because we got the last parking spot in the lot at around 7:30am. We noticed that trail became increasingly crowded after noon, but then again, you can’t really expect anything different from hiking a popular trail on a Saturday in mid-July. We took our time, enjoying the tarns, waterfalls, and inexhaustible beautiful views from all angles. The trail was well maintained and pretty well marked. It’s great because you don’t have to go every single lake on the trail to enjoy the high alpine wilderness. Many people turned around after reaching Lower Mohawk. It is what you want it to be, so you really can’t go wrong with this hike!

hiking
22 hours ago

This review is probably most suited for "overnighters" on the trail--that's what we did.

What a hike :-) It get's five stars, but I also wanted to give a thorough review, so here goes!

This trail is labelled as moderate, and that is simply not true. It is at the low end of hard, but it is hard nonetheless. My hubby and I went on this trip with this in mind, and I'm so grateful for the walks, backpack struggles and everything else we did to prepare! I'd rate our hiking/backpacking skills at a 6/10--if that helps understand the review

We started at the top of the spruce creek trailhead (our car couldn't make it to the other one people spoke about in the comments). The walk between that and the Mayflower lake turn off was not AT ALL what we were expecting: a steady elevation raise and a very uneven (but clearly marked) trail. It was so beautiful and calm, and peaceful :-). It was also WAY longer than we were expecting. I think on the map it seems quite simple and quick. We stopped the first day at the Mayflower lake because we couldn't go any further, literally. We spent the night there.

It is also important to note that we were had backpacks on (about an extra 25-30lbs of weight). The other issue was the altitude. Even without the packs on the second day, I'd rate this trail at the high end of moderate because of the altitude issues you might experience. PLEASE BE AWARE: it would be best to get to Breckenridge, Frisco, or somewhere close a few days before to give your body time to acclimate if you are from a low-level state and want to spend the night up there. Don't drink the night before (if you can help it, lol) and drink LOTS of water. Since we are from Kansas City, we thought it better to come in on Sunday and get on the trail Wed. I think this helped tremendously!

After an overnight at Mayflower lake, we went up to the Lower Mohawk on a day hike the next day. We had no heavy backpacks on (the hubby had a small daypack) and it was of course better, but getting winded happens often, so it is smart to take as many breaks as possible.

The first thing you come across is the old log cabin. Please go in! It's a wonderful treasure of history, and it's also kinda creepy :-) After the log cabin begins what most people will agree is the hardest part of the trail. The elevation climb steepens, and the switchbacks are not clearly labelled (we started looking at the dirt for footprints and hoping to see people at certain parts). It's basically the 20-30 minutes before getting to the Lower Mohawk, and I'm glad we had our walking sticks or our knees would have died! It's quite rocky, and if you are prone to any type of vertigo or height issues, try to focus on where you are putting your feet and the road ahead of you.

Speaking of death more seriously, if you take the part of the switchbacks that lead you quite close to the edge of the waterfall, you will see a flag and flowers for a marked grave where someone fell and died. That alone convinced me that this trail is wrongly rated :-(.

We ate lunch at the Lower Mohawk, where the chipmunks, while cute, are quite aggressive, lol. I was pretty sure one was going to actually steal it from my hands!

The Lower Mohawk lake, and it's surrounding peaks, greenery, and rocks was more beautiful than any picture anyone will ever show you of it. I'd been researching the trail for so long (and saw all the familiar things when we ate lunch) that I was glad to have seen it in real life. The air is so soft and fresh, and the sky is so wide and open that you can REALLY see the sheer might of the mountains. They are so beautifully grand!

We did not go any further and we don't regret that. Lower Mohawk was enough for us on this trip.

I recommend everyone go on this trip if you are a backpacker or a hiker. As a hiker it made me work muscles I'd been getting in shape for months and as a backpacker, it gave me a realistic view of what was important, what was a waste to bring, and what it takes to walk with a pack on a trail that challenged us!

Beautiful!

Has someone lost their dogs? Three golden retrievers? They seem lost and there aren’t many people on the trail now...

I don’t love sharing the trail with a steady cavalcade of other hikers but we had been warned and this was a very nice hike. It was good advice to get an early start. We started at 6:18 AM and got off trail at 11:55 AM (spent 30 minutes at the top). We were grateful for overcast skies because this has the potential to be a scorcher on a sunny day. Just the right amount of hard for someone in moderately good shape.

Was disappointed not to see any mountain goats but loved the views from the summit. Was not surprised given the fact that some imbecile shot two goats a week or two ago on this same trail. The saddle between the first “false peak” and summit was nice - affording hikers time to catch their breath and rehydrate before making final assent.

Trail demands good ankle high boots given rocky terrain. We saw lots of people wearing tennis shoes but I’m guessing they regretted it, especially on the way down.

Must take the trail to get next to the falls.

hiking
3 days ago

The lakes are beautiful! We went up as far as the third lake, but the second lake is by far the prettiest. It is absolutely a moderate trail, but kids can totally hike it. On the second lake I found a small gold nugget! It was smaller than a grain of rice. It was very windy on the second lake, so bring warm clothes. On the hike down, I dropped a line in the water and caught my first two cutthroat trout! It was a very satisfying and enjoyable experience!

Was nice scenery trail
Started at 7:20am was perfect time to start and get front row parking in lot next to trailhead
Worth the hike to the falls and lower lake. Steep the last .5 mile to first lake.

Really enjoyed this hike because of the challenge, views and trail maintenance. The trail is heavily traveled and you better leave early if you want the trail to yourself. I started at 7:30 and the parking area was full, but plenty of parking along the road. I am a beginner hiker and the trail was very challenging and took me about 6 hours to complete. Views above tree line and at the summit were spectacular. Finally, the trail was mantained very well. Dress warm as it was cool and windy at the summit. Have fun.

hiking
3 days ago

This is a nice hike-shaded and follows a stream. It is well maintained and it was dry. In another review I saw this rated as an easy trail-it is not. I am an extremely fit 60 yr. old triathlete and I found it to be more challenging than advertised. The first 1/4 mile or so is fairly flat and then it turns uphill for nearly a mile. Not extreme but not for the unfit. My wife gave up on the hike a little more than a mile in. I was assuming it might flatten out a bit but I don't know since we turned around and came back. I could have easily continued. We did not encounter any views of the mountains. Just the stream and forest. It might open up further on-don't know.

hiking
3 days ago

The trail was challenging but very scenic and clean.
The mesmerizing views will give the push to ascent 3526 ft elevation in 3.1 miles.
Hiking sticks are recommended especially for the down trek
1 complain - there should have been at least 1 trash zone on the trail (6.2 miles round trip)

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful hike! Some notes for out-of-towner’s (like us) trying to gauge this hike against ability. I am 53 year old male, reasonably fit., but could lose a few. Hiked with my 24 year old daughter, who is in good shape. We started at 5:30. Up and down in 4:25. Took us 2:17 up. We didn’t stay long because of wind and cold at the top. My wife who is also here with us, opted out because of posts here on loose footing up above. But now that we’ve done it, we realize it is not as bad as many other hikes we’ve been on.

We were faster than most, but did get passed by others, including one guy who was running- yes running - UP. He must’ve been up and down in 3::00-3:15 - impressive.

Gauging by the groups we passed, which varied in age from 10-75, I’d say that’ the average round trip is 6 hours, and 90% finish in the 4:30-7:30 hour range.

Have fun!

hiking
4 days ago

Question for those who have done Peaks Trail from Frisco to Breckenridge: Parking in Frisco? We will be driving into Frisco and want to park and hike to Breckenridge and then take the shuttle back. Looking for a safe place to leave the car overnight that is close enough to get on the trail. We intend to hike halfway in on a Friday, camp overnight, and then finish to Breckenridge in the morning. Anyone done this before? thoughts? Thanks in advance!

Great views, short hike at high altitude.
You can see there how water flows east or west.
I highly recomend it, as well as the way to it through Boreas Pass.

A must see and do

hiking
4 days ago

What a great hike! I love goals at the end to strive for and that view does not disappoint, so push through folks! I read many reviews before I headed up and many had said the loose rock is kinda tough, I may have underestimated those comments and felt the rock proved difficult, especially on the way down, watch those ankles!

backpacking
4 days ago

This trail, while hard, was one of the most rewarding ones once you got to the top. I believe for backpackers this trail should be rated hard. The trail itself is pretty easily marked and stays really busy, so if you start to get lost, you’ll run into someone that can help you. I would recommend parking and hiking the road to the trail head (it saved some distance). However you will miss some of the smaller ponds by doing so. If you want to go to the upper lake hug the trail to the left and don’t cross the river once you get to the lower lake. Going the four upper lakes is beautiful if you stay on the trail you will miss most the waterfalls as well as the river. Overall a fantastic trail and would recommend to anyone up for the challenge!

Couldn’t actually find the trail. The trail head was easy to find but the only trail we found was the Sallie Barber mine trail. Also a nice hike but not what we were looking for so that was frustrating.

Easy to find, actually found it by accident. It’s really a dirt road leading up to an old mine. The mine was interesting and we actually took the Trail of Tears back towards the start. Good for families and dogs. The area around the hike is pretty wooded so the views are somewhat obstructed.

hiking
5 days ago

Really beautiful! I thought it was a tough hike up to the 2 lakes. Really worth the effort to get to upper Mohawk. We rushed to stay ahead of weather. Wish we had more time. Definitely go early...before 7.

Amazing hike!

hiking
5 days ago

Great family hike close to Breck. Not easy, not hard, just right for the the fam. It will test you in spots. Started at Spruce Creek trailhead. Round trip to lower Mohawk Lake with a lunch stop along the way took 6 hours. Had two youngsters in tow but they made it just fine. Really pretty views, lakes, mountains, waterfalls, mountain goats, you name it. Crowded but it’s like 5 minutes from Breckenridge so that’s part of the deal. Still worth it 100%. Just go early.

hiking
6 days ago

This hike is always an amazing way to start the day. Right now the wild flowers are abundant and make the hike a lot more enjoyable with the additional color. Only completed the lower lake which was a little less than 7 miles round trip. First two miles are fairly easy and then the incline at Continental Falls gets your heart rate up. Took time and relaxed at the lake.

I would recommend starting as early as possible. We started around 730am and were able to get a good parking spot in the lot. Around 9am, we noticed the amount of people on the trail increased about 5x than when we started and when we got back to the lot, it was jam packed in all directions.

Mountain biked down the trail in mid September and the trees were really nice. A people walking their dogs uphill. But no big deal. Everybody was friendly and moved out of the way to the bikes downhill. Really enjoyed our ride

hiking
6 days ago

Physically demanding, but certainly worth it. Great scenery and a nice view from the top. Definitely recommend an early start to beat the crowds and/or summer thunderstorms.

Got on the trail early, left about 4:45 and only saw a few people on the way up. Great trail, one of the easier 14ners but the view at the top is great. Saw lots of people on the way down but wasn’t to crowded. Nice hike for sure

We are new hikers and found the trail a great first 14.

Awesome. Easy walk with beautiful wildflowers

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