Crystal Lakes Trail

Breckenridge Colorado Hikes

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The trail begins at 10,400 feet just below timberline and takes you past numerous lush alpine meadows abloom with wildflowers from June through September. Tributaries of nearby Crystal Creek often cross the trail in streamlets and rivulets that a big step will cross and your dog will love to sample. The access to flowing water throughout the hike makes it an ideal hike for a dog, especially if you and your canine companion are hiking on a hot Colorado summer day.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado

by Ania Savage (The Mountaineers Books)

The trail begins at 10,400 feet just below timberline and takes you past numerous lush alpine meadows abloom with wildflowers from June through September. Tributaries of nearby Crystal Creek often cross the trail in streamlets and rivulets that a big step will cross and your dog will love to sample. The access to flowing water throughout the hike makes it an ideal hike for a dog, especially if you and your canine companion are hiking on a hot Colorado summer day.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Breckenridge
Length: 8
Elevation Gain: 2,755 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 8 hours
Season: Best June to August
Trailhead Elevation: 10,300 feet
Top Elevation: 12,971 feet
Local Contacts: White River National Forest, Dillon Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Breckenridge; Trails Illustrated Breckenridge, Tennessee Pass
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8/22/2009

I have hiked in this area a few times and most of the trails you find are pretty solid - nothing amazing by Colorado standards but solid. This particular trail as described on the site can be enjoyed by hikers of just about any level of fitness. The scenery is good, but not great. Keep in mind that most of this hike is through the center of a valley. I have hiked the peaks in this area and doing so will definitely give a whole new experience compared to this hike. You can climb peaks of this valley, though i would recommend picking up a ridge early in the hike because the end of the valley is primarily steep slopes covered in loose rock. There were a ton of people on this hike, but it's not too far from Breck so no big surprise. Last but not least - it is pretty nice to have 4wd to get you as far as you can because it minimizes the boring parts of the hike.

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