Is it us, or does this year’s mud season seem exceptionally long? After a snowy winter and another storm last week it feels like we’ve been waiting on real sunshine for ages. As we cruise into June, the trails should dry up (fingers crossed) and we can start planning camping trips and day hikes in Breckenridge. After all, exploring the mountains when they’re not covered in snow is one of the best parts about living in Summit County year round. While there’s always a chance the skies could open and dump snow on us again, we’re choosing to be optimistic that summer is on the way. Here’s a quick guide to the best day hikes in Breckenridge.
The Best Day Hikes in Breckenridge
Quandry Peak Trail
If hiking a 14er is on your summer bucket list, look no further than Quandry Peak Trail. This 6.7 mile out-and-back route is located in White River National Forest and makes for one of the most beautiful (and challenging) day hikes in Breckenridge. Dogs are allowed but they must be kept on leash. Tip: the east ridge route gets really crowded on summer weekends, so consider trekking on a weekday.
Spruce Creek Road to Mohawk Lake and Continental Falls
Like most day hikes in Breckenridge, this 6-mile loop in Arapaho National Forest boasts spectacular views. It’s a moderate 2.5 mile hike uphill to Continental Falls, but seeing the water crash through cracks in the sides of the mountain makes it completely worth it. All of the snow we’ve had recently means the waterfall is going to be particularly gorgeous this summer!
For those days when you want to be outside but aren’t looking for an intense workout, Boreas Pass fits the bill perfectly. The trail is nearly 20 miles end to end but you can turn around at any point and head back. Expect to encounter gorgeous wildflowers, dogs, trail runners, and a great view of the Breckenridge Ski Area.
Sawmill Creek Trail
Hiking with kids? The short distance and gentle elevation gain make Sawmill Creek Trail suitable for all ability levels, including small children. The trail itself is shaded by soaring pine trees, which offer protection from the sun on particularly warm days. Pack a picnic lunch and post up at Sawmill Reservoir to complete your afternoon adventure.
For more great day hikes in Breckenridge, check out our Guide to Wildflower Hikes in Summit County.
Which trails will you hike in Breckenridge this summer?
There are so many great day hikes in Breckenridge it was tricky to narrow it down to just a few. Which trails are on your must-hike list this summer? We’re looking forward to hiking our favorites and discovering some new ones, too. That’s one of the greatest parts about sticking around after the snow melts in Summit County! If you’re thinking about taking the plunge and buying a home in Breckenridge or the surrounding area, please get in touch. At Dwell Summit, we know Summit County inside and out and would be honored to help you find your mountain dream home. Give us a ring at 855-DWELL-CO. We can’t wait to hear from you!