Hikes with the best views around Breck
As they say “people come for the winters and stay for the summers.” Once it is full blow summer in Breck and there are just a few patches of snow left at the top of the peaks it’s time to go for epic hikes! Here are our some of our favorite hikes around Breck with the best views:
The higher you go the better the view! If you’re feeling ambitious, challenge yourself by climbing up to Quandary Peak to soak in one of the best views in Summit County. It is one of Colorado’s fourteeners (peaks above 14,000 feet), the highest peak in the Tenmile Range and the thirteenth highest peak in the state. Once you get to the top of the 14,265ft peak you’ve earned the amazing view. The main trailhead is just eight miles south of Breckenridge down Route 9.
You can take this short and sweet hike right from town. Park at or walk to the south end of High Street by the dog park. Head up the Carter Park trail, it is best to take the long set of stairs (mountain bikers come ripping down the switchbacks). If you need a break halfway up the stairs you will find a little wooden bench. Catch your breath and take in the majestic view of the resort.
This is a great hike for a family. McCullough Gulch is a moderate hike, with pleasant views the whole time. It takes you past a serine forest, a series of cascading waterfalls, green meadows with wildflowers and beautiful high alpine lakes. Once you get to the lakes there are some really incredible views of the valley below.
On Swan Mountain Road between Breck and Keystone you will find the most amazing views of the Dillon Reservoir. Sapphire Point Overlook Trail is an easy, short hike at just over half a mile and it is wheelchair accessible. It is a local favorite romantic spot too, many engagements and weddings happen there because of the spectacular scenery.
This hike takes you to some gorgeous scenery. The Spruce Creek Trailhead is just a few miles south of Breckenridge. On your hike, you’ll pass historic mine ruins and a large waterfall. Make sure you make it past Lower Mohawk Lake to Upper Mohawk lake for the best views, and if you’re feeling up for it, there are a few more lakes past Upper Mohawk worth the scramble to check out. The mountain/lake combo is very beautiful. This hike is fairly moderate with a somewhat challenging steep section between Lower and Upper Mohawk lakes.
*Remember to hike smart! Check the forecast (weather can change very quickly in the mountains), bring extra layers and let someone know where you are going. Also, make sure to protect yourself from the sun with a hat and sunscreen, and bring enough food and water. If you are well prepared the only thing you will have to worry about is taking in the stunning views around Breck!