Breckenridge Hikes

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Breckenridge Hikes

Post by Blamo » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:45 pm

Hi all. So last year I came to this board seeking advice on doing my first 14er (Bierstadt). I had such a good time that I decided to book a week in Breckenridge this coming August and give Quandary a try. One of the things I found infinitely beneficial was to do a shorter "practice" hike the day before just to give my Midwestern lungs and legs a bit of a warmup. I did Chief Mountain which as I recall is about 1000' of gain and a 3 mile round trip. I assume there are comparable hikes around Breckenridge but I was wondering if anyone had any particularly scenic or fun ones they could recommend.


Also - if any southeastern Wisconsin hikers are reading this and looking for decent trails for training, I have found the Bald Bluff section of the Ice Age Trail near Palmyra to be the best in the area with regard to hills and steepness. Although the cloud of orbiting mosquitoes I encountered last weekend was downright obnoxious.
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Re: Breckenridge Hikes

Post by dave_navy_VA » Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:47 pm

Get on the Summit Hikes site & check out a couple of these.

https://www.townoffrisco.com/play/hikin ... nic-hikes/

Maybe get the Nat Geo #108 for the area, stop by the Dillon Ranger Station also & get some info.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whiteriv ... rdb5187727

Ive done this one a lot.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO ... 187049.pdf
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Re: Breckenridge Hikes

Post by davebobk47 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:29 pm

More hikes in the area can be found at http://www.summitcountyhiker.com
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Re: Breckenridge Hikes

Post by Trotter » Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:47 pm

Bald mtn A or Boreas mtn are good easy 13ers
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Re: Breckenridge Hikes

Post by summitrunner » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:39 pm

I love this website: http://www.dillonrangerdistrict.com/sum ... l_list.htm

I'll second Baldy. Great warm up!
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Re: Breckenridge Hikes

Post by Blamo » Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:09 pm

Awesome, I will check all these out. Thanks everyone.
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Re: Breckenridge Hikes

Post by peter303 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:43 pm

Two mountain passes near Breckenridge give you car access, intermediate altitude conditioning and nice views. One is Loveland Pass about 20 miles away and 12,000 feet. The hike has similar views of a 14er. The other is Hoosier Pass 11 miles away and 11,500 feet. I like Loveland Pass better.
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Re: Breckenridge Hikes

Post by jibler » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:20 pm

if I were you ---

night you get in try to make tracks to see sundown up on Shrine Pass -- off vail pass I 70

easy quick hike - epic locale
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Re: Breckenridge Hikes

Post by stephakett » Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:36 pm

peter303 wrote:Two mountain passes near Breckenridge give you car access, intermediate altitude conditioning and nice views. One is Loveland Pass about 20 miles away and 12,000 feet. The hike has similar views of a 14er. The other is Hoosier Pass 11 miles away and 11,500 feet. I like Loveland Pass better.
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Re: Breckenridge Hikes

Post by jchapell » Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:25 am

Our favorites close to Breck:
- McCullough Gulch
- Mohawk Lakes
- Crystal Lake Basin

- Mayflower Gulch isn't too far either...
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Re: Breckenridge Hikes

Post by Dan_Suitor » Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:09 am

Wheeler Trail might meet your needs. It will give you some elevation gain, but nothing too extreme. There is an access point just south of Breckenridge. See https://kiosks.rootsrated.com/gobreck/w ... il-hiking/ . Look for Access #2 for directions.
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Re: Breckenridge Hikes

Post by darkins44 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:40 pm

When you gonna be in Breck? Sniktau at Loveland Pass is the perfect warmup for peakbagging. So is Shrine Pass at the top of Vail Pass. Both offer some fun scenery as well.

If you're in the area, I'd also try to knock off Mt Sherman. The DeCaLiBro is another popular choice but the Shermanator is a pretty slick and quick 14er.
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