Best Easy Hikes in Breckenridge

Even the die-hard hikers may enjoy an easy hike now and then, but especially for families and groups, easy hikes are fun for everyone.  Here are our favorites:

Mayflower Gulch

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Summer and winter views at the same spot on the Mayflower Gulch trail

Not exactly in Breckenridge, but a short and pretty drive near Copper Mountain is a beautiful and fun hiking trail for Breckenridge visitors.  The slight and very gradual elevation gain is what puts it on the easy list.  And with all hikes on any favorite list, there are big rewards at the end.  The trailhead can be found just off Highway 91 (click here for directions and more details) west of Breckenridge.  This out and back trail is dog friendly, wide, and also passable with a Jeep or ATV.  Teasers for that reward at the end pop up along the 2-mile hike in; peeks through the trees of the glorious view as well as smaller bits of mining ruins.  Mayflower Gulch is a great hiking trail year round, just strap on those snowshoes or cross-country skis for a deep winter visit.

Reiling Dredge

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What remains at present day of a lucrative gold mining dredge that sunk in 1922

See it before it sinks and is gone forever!  The Reiling Dredge was added to Colorado’s Most Endangered Places list in 2014.  Cables were attached to the dredge in 2012 to keep it from sinking, but controversy surrounds the preservation.  For a beautiful and quiet hike through the woods that ends with a great piece of Breckenridge history, don’t miss the Reiling Dredge trail.

Drive west on Wellington Road just off Main Street in Breck.  Follow Wellington until it dead ends at a stop sign at the intersection with Reiling and French Gulch roads.  Turn right onto French Gulch Road and follow it down to the B&B trailhead parking area on the right. Read more about the Reiling Dredge history here. 

Sapphire Point

You just can’t go wrong with this choice on the easy hikes list.  A trail so simple and family friendly that it is also handicap accessible, the Sapphire Point trail is not only on the easy hikes likes, but is also a not-to-be-missed Summit County attraction.  The views overlooking Lake Dillon, the Ten Mile Range and the Gore Range are some of the best you’ll see anywhere in the country.

Go north on Highway 9 towards Frisco.  Turn right onto Swan Mountain Road.  When you reach the peak of this short pass, the parking area for Sapphire Point will be on the left.

Be sure to pack some sunflower seeds.  The Sapphire Point residents will demand to be fed by all visitors!

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A Sapphire Point resident entertains a canine visitor along the trail

Sallie Barber

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Sallie Barber mining ruins with a view of the Gore Range in the background

Bits and pieces of Breckenridge’s rich mining history are scattered all throughout the town.   The Sallie Barber trail is another great Breckenridge hike that ends with the fun reward of exploring some of that history.  The hike in is a gradual ascent with the beauty of the surrounding peaceful woods.  Out and back is an easy 2.8 miles round trip, but beyond the end of the Sallie Barber trail, other trails branch out which lead to the B&B trailhead system mentioned above.

For more trails, some easy and some more difficult, see these helpful links:  Six Best Places to Hike in Breckenridge and Breckenridge Hiking.

Book Breck strives to ensure our guests feel like they have a personal friend here in town to show them around.  Answering questions regarding activities or recommendations of any kind is part of our job along with providing a high-quality lodging experience.

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