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27 Aug 2018
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Local's Guide to Breckenridge

Fall is a favorite season for many people for different reasons, and today’s article includes 8 Fall Hikes near Breckenridge! For mountain lovers, it means that for a short period of time, just a few weeks, the aspen trees go from green to a brilliant yellow. The contrast between the green spruce trees, the golden aspen leaves, and the brown earth creates a truly magical experience. Book your vacation rental in Breck and plan your leaf peeping with our recommendations for hiking in Summit County, Colorado this fall!

Recommended Fall Hikes in Breck

The first three hikes are in Breckenridge, and then I put in a couple in nearby areas, no further than 30 minutes away. Before starting any hike, we always suggest telling someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back, and at the very least, leave a note in your car. A backpack with the essentials and a few extra layers are a good idea, as our weather can be sunny and warm one minute, and then cool and breezy the next.

Getting an early start will help you avoid crowds and traffic. Please contact our staff with questions about any of the trails mentioned here. For a complete map of hiking trails in Breckenridge, click here to see an online version of an interactive topographical map. Printed trail maps can be found at the Breckenridge Welcome Center in the Blue River Plaza in the historic district.

1. Aspen Alley - A handful of parking spots are available at the Breckenridge Sawmill Museum, located on the first switchback going up Boreas Pass Road (look for the large wagon wheels on the right and turn in). Otherwise, you can park at the Ice Rink and hike up and back down. Some will ride their mountain bikes up to the upper trailhead and descend. Be prepared for both bikers and hikers on this trail.

2. Boreas Pass Road - A classic stretch of trees is best walked, but can be driven also. Please drive slowly around walkers, to keep dust down, and to be safe around the steep hillside that overlooks the Town of Breckenridge with sweeping views of the Ten Mile Range. Stop at the Highline Railroad Park to learn about the road you’ll be driving on.

3. French Gulch Trails: B&B, Minnie Mine, Reiling Dredge - Drive past the Country Boy Mine, or stop for a visit before or after your tour, to various trailheads that allow for out and backs, or loops like taking the B&B east before crossing the road and climbing the Minnie Mine trail. Choose the X10U8 for less climbing, and for longer loops do a search for Side Door, and V3 trails.

4. Meadow Creek / Lily Pad Lake - A moderate hike with towering Aspen trees, found on a dirt road accessed via the roundabout from exit 203 (near Whole Foods). Enter the roundabout and take the dirt road just before the westbound exit. Drive a short ways and look for parking on the right. Take the right split about a half mile up and follow the signs for the Lily Pad Lake trail.

5. Rainbow Lake - An easier hike found in the Town of Frisco, a.k.a. “Main Street of the Rockies.” Turn left on main street and then left again onto 2nd Avenue. Take it to South Cabin Green and take a right to park. Look for the signs for Rainbow Lake.

6. Tenderfoot Trail - The Silverthorne and Dillon areas are blended together, so it’s best to look at directions on the Town of Dillon website here. Here’s a map of the hike, which has views to the south and west of Lake Dillon and the mountains in the distance.

7. Sapphire Point - This hike was just featured in our previous blog about Fall Activities in Breckenridge, and it makes this list as well, as it’s a must-do while in town. A short hike (less than one mile) with dramatic views. Hike to the overlook and feed the friendly and well-fed chipmunks. Don’t forget a bag of sunflower seeds!

8. Cataract Lake - This hike is a little more off the beaten path, and is found just north of Silverthorne. Once you’ve discovered the trails in this area, you’ll be exposed to the wilderness of the mighty Gore Range. Those trails are typically more rugged and remote. The lower Cataract Lake loop connects with other trails in the area, so options are available.

Now that you have a list of fall hikes to see the fall foliage around Breckenridge, you’re set to go. Call us at the office to book your leaf peeping getaway! Peak color is usually around September 15th. It can vary each year, but that’s your best bet. See you soon!