Explore the most popular walking 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
15 hours ago

Awesome and tiring hike to the peak. My wife and I did this hike today with the luck of some awesome weather. It was a bit crowded toward the top, but like others have said, the trail is very, very well maintained. Almost to a fault. I enjoyed the peak mostly for the 360 views. It's hard to describe and even pictures do zero justice for how vast and awesome it truly is. If you start at the bottom lot, expect a pretty gnarly start to the trail. We were surprised by the sudden incline, which sort of beat us up a bit before we acclimated and fell into our rhythm. Much like other 14ers, always assume that it never ends. Near the top, you have to ascend three nearly straight up (at least from your vantage point) climbs before the 'final' trek to the summit. Seriously, it never ends. But when it does, amazeballs. Oh, and leave the little Pikas and goats alone. They deserve to be there as much as we do, and they're insanely adorable to look at on your way up. Luckily we ran into both. It does get pretty cold at the peak. Simple cloud coverage had us shivering, but it's still worth it. Go!

The trail on the map is pretty easy. But there is a much better one above the damn. Think the comments are a combination from both trails. Drive past the trail head on the map to the dam. The trail is on the right side of the dam lake. Lots of rocks to climbs but beautiful views.

Hiked this last Wednesday. On the trail at 5:20am, the hike was enjoyable with cooler weather up to the flat. Summit at 7:30 (2:12 min) at a good pace. I climb every year and the early departure was a big plus , fewer people on the trail and cooler temps.
Hiked in shorts, t-shirt and hat with trail runners, One very light weight down jacket (used at the summit), a shell (not used), spare socks, battery backup, tiny blister kit and kleenex completed the pack. I carried 3L and used 2.25L of water, 2 snickers,a banana and protein bar.
Down in 1:40, jogging on the flats for a total trip of 3:52. I hiked with wife/daughter last year at a more leisurely pace and we were up/down in about 5:20 (added water and snacks)
In 10+ summits the trail is in the best shape I have ever seen it - thank the hardworking trail crew if you see them.

hiking
22 hours ago

Beautiful trail! Totally dry. Hiked on a Saturday. Parking lot was full by 7:45am. You are allowed to park along street so finding a spot isn’t an issue. If you enjoy a quiet trail, would recommend starting early as the trail was packed with people by the time we were coming down. Cars all over the place. Took about 4.5 hours round trip to Upper Mohawk lake including breaks for food and photos. We used hiking boots and poles — very helpful as last mile or so is steep and has lots of rocks. Lovely views and hike is very doable for all ages depending on athletic ability. Trail past Lower Mohawk lake is not well marked, so pay attention. Lovely way to spend a Saturday morning!

did this hike on Thursday 7/12. got started at 8:30 which was probably a little late. Hike measured at 7.1 miles from upper parking area. One of the most difficult hikes I've ever experienced. Weather turned nasty right at the summit and started raining and hailing so no home to enjoy any views. Definitely recommend a good wind breaker or even a good ole trash bag in the event of bad weather. My wife, 2 daughters and I had none of the above so we froze on our descent. Learned some harsh lessons on this trip but my first 14'er. Take plenty of water, some energy gels, hiking stick highly recommended, some clothing layers as it gets cold up high and a wind breaker. 6.5 hour round trip.

We hiked this on Monday July 9, the day it re-opened. We started from the Peak 7 gondola and followed a trail behind a resort until we met up with this trail. I used the map to get us there, not sure where the exact trailhead is. We hiked down through a beautiful forest and meadow to Shock Hill, and took the gondola down from there.
We didn't see any moose, but I bet odds are better earlier in the morning.
Great trail for kids and acclimation, or if you're short on time.

hiking
2 days ago

Love this trail, and always hike it when I come to visit Breck. I’ve done this trail three times and have seen mountain goats every time! I always suggest making it to all seven lakes for the stunning views, but the first few lakes are gorgeous by themselves too.

This is a must do drive every visit we make to the area. Have made the drive fifteen or more times...it never gets old. It’s fun to park at various points along the way and hike a little.

hiking
2 days ago

Loved this hike. A lot of fun elevation, some difficult parts but plenty of easier sections as well, and it had a bunch of side trails to get to some amazing views. Trail was pretty well marked.

hiking
2 days ago

we loved it!! although all 3 of our watches had it between 8-9 miles (not 6). view is so worth it

hiking
3 days ago

A beautiful hike for the family. Family ages 45m,44f,18f,16m&15m. We stopped at Lower Mohawk Lake and then turned back. Stunning!!

very awesome!

These lakes are stunning.
The parking was full so we parked about 1/2 a mile down from the trailhead.
It’s a very strenuous uphill hike up an old Jeep road to Lower Crystal Lake. There are pristine views once beyond the tree line. The lake and surrounding area are beautiful!!
The hike up to Upper Crystal Lake is VERY strenuous and long. Since we started later in the morning, we were the only ones at the lake. Gorgeous!! Yet tiring...
The trail in its entirety took us 5 hours with stops for food and pictures. Would do it again!

We took this walk as our get acclimated hike 48 hours into our stay in the mountains. Very easy walk up the road to the dam with beautiful views all the way. Saw a Marmot and spent some quality time with a mountain goat near the dam. The road from the lower lake to the dam is actually better than from highway 9 to the lower lake. So next time we will make the drive up to the dam and hike beyond it, as there are interesting things to see. Loved walking right next to a 14er that seemed both imposing and beautiful. Edit: live and learn. Technically speaking the blue lakes trail really doesn’t begin until you reach the dam. It is located on the north side of the dam. That makes more sense. But still, the walk up the dirt road to get there is beautiful. Glad we did it.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful waterfalls and scenery.

hiking
4 days ago

Absolutely amazing views and perfect level of difficulty make for an overall incredible hike! The incline was gradual and there are plenty of spots to stop for a break and enjoy the view. The beginning of the trail from the trailhead is several miles in the trees, but can drive up further to gain a better start (rocky off road). Suggest an early start to be sure to reach each lake!

Short sweet n steep

hiking
5 days ago

Decided to go on a Monday in July to avoid the traffic. There were still lots of people on the trail at 630 when we started. The earlier you start this trail the better! You get to enjoy more of the hike itself as opposed to large crowds of people all climbing together. Views at the top were absolutely fabulous.

hiking
5 days ago

We did this trail today as an "easy 14-er", and I think everybody else does it for the same reason. It is not about enjoying the hike, it is about making it to the top.
Arrived at 6:50, took us 3 hours to the top (we are from Ohio, and I am 60). The parking was 3/4 full (it is Monday). BTW, the distance from the lower parking to the trailhead is negligible, so there is no need to get out of one's way to make it to the upper parking, or to park creatively along the road.
The trail: the lower 1/3 goes through a pine forest, and is rather pleasant. The rest is mostly scrambling on a rock scree. There is nothing dangerous, or technically difficult, but it is steep when you go up, and is hard on your knees and toes on the way down, even in good hiking boots. Nevertheless, it is doable.
The view from the top is what one expects to see from the top of a mountain that is taller than most its neighbors (do not get me wrong, it is impressive). The scenery along the trail (upper part) is rather dull (no flowers, no trees.) Lots of people on the trail.

hiking
5 days ago

We did this hike as a preparation for a 14-er. This was the easiest trail I found that goes over 13,000. We did not expect much, especially after we understood that the first half is actually along a road. We were pleasantly surprised - the road in the forest was pretty, and the trail has just a perfect slope, very easy both on the way up and down.
There were not many people on the trail.

Well maintained trail, great hike.

We started At 6:05 today and summited in 3 hrs but only took 2:10 hrs coming down. It was our first 14er and every one had said this was the easiest. Coming back in August to hike a couple more.

Nice hike! One of the easier and faster 14ers I’ve done. Summited in 2.5 hours with virtually no stopping. I was worried about crowds reading other reviews but we started this Monday at 7:30 and had no trouble parking. Still a lot of people but it wasn’t an obnoxious amount. Finished at noon. The weather was pretty consistent compared to others; I was pretty toasty besides the wind at the summit. Beautiful woods at the first half. Great one for beginners!

hiking
6 days ago

If you are thinking of starting with the 14ers, this trek is a must for beginners. No 14ers are easy but the scenic view of this trail will keep you going. Get a very good trekking boot as that is the most important part of you enroute to the top.

Awesome day Hike,saw Mt Goats at Lake 5
Lots of beautiful wildflower

on Blue Lakes Trail

walking
6 days ago

I'm giving this 5 stars, but because of the views, not the hiking. As others have said, this isn't really a hike. It's a great place to go for amazing views with minimal exertion, making it accessible to those who are not able to do real hikes but still want to a chance to experience amazing scenery.

Jeeped it. Nice trail, super easy for halfway then got some tight switchbacks. Hiked from where the road ended to flag on top of peak, tricky, but well worth it. Great views all around, even though it was a bit overcast. Highly recommend.

Great Hike, beautiful scenery. First part of loop is relatively light, trail up to lakes a little more challenging.

hiking
6 days ago

Excellent hike with a gradual leg burning ascent until the end where it’s more challenging mile that rewards you with both the high waterfall and lake on flat earth. If you intend to make it to the top do not bring smaller children and showers in the afternoon make it difficult to return. Recommend starting the hike no later than 8:30-9:00 am.

hiking
7 days ago

This was a great hike! We had a 10 year old and a 64 year old with us, and it was awesome for everyone. Incredible views, nice trail, lots of good elements. There were quite a few people when we started out, but once you pass lower Mohawk Lake there are a lot less people. We took our time, and lots of pictures, but it was worth it. Next time we will consider driving up the road and getting a head start on the trail.

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