Backpack & Fish The Mohawk Lakes

Colorado Mohawk Lake Trail

  • Activities:

    Fishing, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    6.8 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1940 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
River
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Amazing scenery with a rewarding end. Great views at both lakes especially for pictures. Moderate hike with a small part that required scrambling. Vast amount of space to explore. Duration: 6.8 miles round trip with a 1,940 foot gain in elevation.

The trailhead is located a few miles out side of Breckenridge Colorado. The trail starts at 10,390' and the first two miles are spent walking through a mix of fir, aspen, and spruce trees until the trail goes parallel to Spruce Creek Road and eventually crosses it and continues over a small dam (just follow the signs).

At this point the trail becomes slightly more strenuous. There is a small creek crossing and at the Mayflower Lake split there are the remains of a small mining cabin. Old mining equipment will be a frequent sight from here on out.

As the trail steepens, it begins a zigzag up the mountain and finally the trail will break out of the forest. Along the way there is a in tact mining cabin where the hikers can seek shelter if a storm comes. Past that is where the trail will split so hikers can see Lower Continental falls.

Just before Continental Falls is Mayflower Lake, which is a good spot to set up basecamp. It's below the Mohawk Lakes and under the treeline, so it gets a little less weather than further up the trail.

Once you're continuing back on the trail, you can take hikers pass or you can follow a mining cable that leads up the mountain and eventually to Lower Mohawk Trail. A great place to take in the view both above and below the lake or to grab lunch or a light snack before heading on up.

Following the trail to the left, it is only a 0.4 mile hike and a 260' elevation gain to get to Upper Mohawk Lake. Despite the short distance to get there it's less frequented by families. From Upper Mohawk Lake, hikers are greeted with a view of the valley below as well as Lower Mohawk Lake and all the surrounding mountains. The trail will continue into the tundra and a few other small lakes.

A small caution (from personal experience) is to be weather conscious, because at 12,000' the weather can change before you know it.

Pack List

  • Day hike (energy bars, light lunch, always plenty of water)
  • Adequate hiking boots
  • Light wind breaker (depending on the weather)
  • Backpack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Fishing Pole
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Did this with a few friends last summer. It was a straightforward trip, great for beginners! Very beautiful at the upper lakes, lots of good fishing. Only con was that on a summer weekend it was very busy with day hikers.

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