Best Backpacking in Breckenridge

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  • Ski or Snowshoe to Section House Hut

    There are a couple routes to Section Hut on Boreas Pass, but the best adds trekking through the forest on Baker's Tank trail. Starting at 10,350' at the TH, look for a trail in the woods that starts climbing relatively quickly. Follow this for a...

    6.25 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Backpack & Fish The Mohawk Lakes

    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 even...

    6.8 miles 1940 ft gain

  • Lakeside Camping at Lower Crystal Lake

    To get to the Crystal Lakes take the Spruce Creek Trailhead. You can hike or drive to the Lower Crystal Lake. If you choose to drive, you will need a high clearance 4x4 vehicle. There are no fees to camp here.If you want to hike to the Upper Cryst...

  • Hike to & Stay at Francie's Cabin

    Located at 11,360' and owned by the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association, Francies Cabin was built in memory of Frances Lockwood Bailey in 1994 and is located just a short distance (5 mile drive, 1.05 mile hike) from town of Breckenridge, Colora...

    1.09 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Ski to Janet's Cabin

    Janet's Cabin is located on the eastern slope of the Continental Divide at 11,610 ft, near Copper Mountain ski resort. This hut is one of the rare huts with not only a sauna but indoor bathrooms (composting pits)!  The cabin was built in 1990 and ...

    6 miles 1900 ft gain

  • Backpack to the Gore Range's Wheeler and Lost Lakes

    The range offers many remote lakes and peaks which hikers can access from various points of entry. Wheeler and Lost Lakes lie within the boundaries of the Eagle's Nest Wilderness Area.The Gore Trail begins on the north side of the CO-91 pedestrian...

    10 miles 2200 ft gain

  • Camp at Boreas Pass

    Boreas pass is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains that sits on the Continental Divide at 11,481'. Forest Service Road 33 goes over the pass and has numerous campsites all along its length, with several near the summit that feature breatht...

    9 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Backpack the Colorado Trail: Copper Mountain to Hagerman Pass

    The Colorado Trail (CT) runs for 483 miles from Denver to Durango, crossing through eight mountain ranges and passing through six wilderness areas. There are great resources on completing a thru-hike of the CT; this post is about Segments 8-9 of t...

    39 miles

  • Hike to Lily Pad Lake

    Lily Pad Lake is a well known destination just outside of Silverthorne and in the Eagle's Nest Wilderness. The trail may be heavily trafficked on the weekends, but solitude can still be found in the early mornings or during the weekdays.The trail ...

    3.2 miles 400 ft gain

  • Ski to Fowler-Hilliard Hut

    Fowler-Hilliard hut sits at 11,500 ft on a forested ridge of Resolution Mountain, with easy access to intermediate and expert backcountry skiing right out the door. This newer hut was built in 2010 after the original hut burned down from a lightni...

    6.5 miles 2500 ft gain

  • Backpack to Upper Slate Lake

    Starting from the Rock Creek Trailhead parking lot, it is an up and down trek to Upper Slate Lake. The trail map states 10 miles each way, but accounting for switchbacks it ends up being closer to 14 long, hard miles.You will be among aspens and p...

    28 miles 1386 ft gain

  • Wildflowers, Lakes, and Peaks, Oh My!

    Herman Gulch is one of those special places that makes you fall in love with Colorado all over again. This spectacular wildflower hike that ends at an alpine lake will have your head swiveling from start to finish. Wildflower season is July and Au...