3 Best Summertime Hikes in Breckenridge, CO
Whether you’re looking for a trail to adapt to take the family, or a difficult ascent up one of Colorado’s 54 14ers, Breckenridge in the summertime is a hiker’s paradise. While this list doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the hiking that’s available in the area, this provides a great starting point if you’re looking to take a trip!
This 6.2 mile round trip out-and-back, family friendly path is the perfect way to adapt to the elevation. The trail begins just off the base of Peak 9 with ample parking at the base. The trail is a dirt single-track that gradually climbs up to a peak elevation of 10,595 feet. The path follows a creek, is well-established and easy to follow. Perfect for the casual hiker.
If you’re looking for a moderate hike that involves lots of wildlife and a killer view, Blue Lakes is your choice! Accessible via Blue Lakes road, this gravel-road trail is accessible from two points (Quandary Peak trailhead 4.5 miles RT) or the top dam (1 mile RT). The dam fills with snow melt, giving the Blue Lake its name. Although this gravel trail is easy, it can be difficult to hike with snow. Mountain goat sitings are common, but please give them their space!
Quandary Peak is known for being one of the most accessible of Colorado’s 54 14ers (peaks that reach 14,000 feet in elevation). However, that doesn’t mean that this climb is easy! The trail climbs 3,305 feet over the 6 mile hike, with loose rock at the top, before reaching 14,265 feet. Beginners are advised to take the East Ridge trail for the simplest (although longest) route. Snow is likely, so starting earlier in the day is necessary as the snow may become wet and slushy. This hike can take anywhere from three to eight hours to complete, depending on fitness level.
Note: If you’re looking to tackle Quandary Peak, make sure to start early and check the weather forecast to avoid afternoon thunderstorms.