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The Best Backpacking in Jefferson

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Top backpacking spots in and near Jefferson

  • Breckenridge, Colorado

    Camp at Boreas Pass

    9 mi / 1500 ft gain
    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 breathtaking views of the Tenmile Range and the Breckenri...
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  • Grant, Colorado

    Abyss Trail to Abyss Lake

    16.66 mi / 3241 ft gain
    Abyss Trail to Abyss Lake is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Montezuma, Colorado.
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  • Breckenridge, Colorado

    Ski or Snowshoe to Section House Hut

    5.0
    6.25 mi / 1200 ft gain
    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 about 2.5 miles to the junction with the road and B...
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  • Breckenridge, Colorado

    Lakeside Camping at Lower Crystal Lake

    5.0
    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 Crystal Lake follow the trail past Lower Crystal Lake a...
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  • Breckenridge, Colorado

    Hike to & Stay at Francie's Cabin

    5.0
    1.09 mi / 1000 ft gain
    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, Colorado. It has a summer and winter capacity of 20 peop...
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  • Breckenridge, Colorado

    Mohawk Lake to Pacific Peak and Crystal Peak

    11.88 mi / 4163 ft gain
    Mohawk Lake to Pacific Peak and Crystal Peak is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Breckenridge, Colorado.
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  • Breckenridge, Colorado

    Spruce Lakes Trail to Mohawk Lakes Trail

    8.35 mi / 2162 ft gain
    Spruce Lakes Trail to Mohawk Lakes Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Breckenridge, Colorado.
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  • Breckenridge, Colorado

    Backpack & Fish The Mohawk Lakes

    4.0
    6.8 mi / 1940 ft gain
    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 (...
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  • Breckenridge, Colorado

    Crystal Lake Trail

    8.46 mi / 2569 ft gain
    Crystal Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Breckenridge, Colorado.
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  • Bailey, Colorado

    Abyss Lake via Tanglewood, Rosalie, and Abyss Trail

    23.98 mi / 6030 ft gain
    Abyss Lake via Tanglewood, Rosalie, and Abyss Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Shawnee, Colorado.
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  • Bailey, Colorado

    Rosalie Trail

    11.73 mi / 3553 ft gain
    Rosalie Trail is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Bailey, Colorado.
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  • Bailey, Colorado

    Payne Creek Trail via Brookside McCurdy Trailhead

    4.5
    17.98 mi / 3773 ft gain
    Day 1: Park at the Payne Creek/Brookside Trailhead (8,040 ft.) right outside Bailey. You'll go on the trail for about a mile before the trail parts to Craig Meadows or Craig Park. If you start this in the nighttime, it's best to camp before you part ways on the trail as it's a little more spaciou...
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  • Bailey, Colorado

    Payne Creek Trail

    13.54 mi / 2943 ft gain
    Payne Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Bailey, Colorado.
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  • Dillon, Colorado

    Abyss Lake via Guanella Pass & Rosalie Trail

    17.11 mi / 3028 ft gain
    Abyss Lake via Guanella Pass & Rosalie Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Idaho Springs, Colorado.
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  • Breckenridge, Colorado

    Peaks Trail via Breckenridge

    8.06 mi / 702 ft gain
    Peaks Trail via Breckenridge is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Breckenridge, Colorado.
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  • Dillon, Colorado

    Hike the Silver Dollar Lake Trail

    5.0
    4 mi / 1060 ft gain
    Guanella Pass, which connects the charming and historic town of Georgetown in the north to the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Grant to the south, is a recreational outdoorsman’s dream. Volumes could be written on what this 22-mile scenic byway has to offer.Silver Dollar Lake Trail is just one tiny port...
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