Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail  by Maryann Gaug

Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail Guide Book

by Maryann Gaug (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail  by Maryann Gaug
Rugged peaks reflected in high mountain lakes, sparkling streams tumbling through flower-filled meadows, high ridges where the view is forever, and a rich mining history make the country around Breckenridge and Vail a hiking gem. Today’s hiking trails may have started when Native Americans followed game trails for their summer hunts. Miners scoured the area hoping to strike it rich after gold was found in the region’s creeks. Railroads followed to move ore and bring supplies. Settlers arrived and worked the land, living here year-round through beautiful summers and snowy, cold winters.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail" Guide Book
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Beaver Lake is a small gem tucked between forested hills just inside the Holy Cross Wilderness. The hike starts near the base of the Centennial Lift at the Beaver Creek Ski Area, follows a nature trai ...
Minturn, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
Beautiful Booth Lake with its little island is tucked in an alpine cirque with fantastic wildflowers. The trail climbs through forest and meadows past Booth Falls, a 60-foot waterfall. It continues to ...
Minturn, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.8
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Upon reaching the top of Bowman’s Shortcut, you may start singing the Sound of Music. Great views of Mount of the Holy Cross and the Sawatch Range to the southwest, the Gore Range to the east, and the ...
Whiteriver, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
The huge granite dome called Buffalo Mountain towers above Dillon Reservoir and the towns of Silverthorne and Frisco. Such an imposing mountain attracts climbers, and over the years people scrambled u ...
Silverthorne, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 6
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Hike along an undulating, rocky trail through a forest lush with wildflowers and berry bushes. Spruce, fir, lodgepole pine, and aspen grow amid house-sized boulders draped in moss and lichen. Cross ...
Whiteriver, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
The Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area offers easy-to-moderate hiking opportunities in the Dillon Nature Preserve Open Space. The mostly flat, gated service road to the West Portal of the Roberts Tunnel ...
Dillon, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
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Surrounded by spruce-fir forest, Eaglesmere Lakes, remnants from the last ice age, are slowly filling in with grass. A great view of craggy Eagles Nest, the peak after which the Eagles Nest Wilderness ...
Silverthorne, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.6
The East Lake Creek Trail is a pleasant roller coaster through lush aspen forest with many types of vegetation, including thimbleberry and bracken ferns. The hike climbs about 230 feet, only to descen ...
Edwards, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
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The Gore Creek Trail climbs steeply at first then undulates above or along rough-and-tumble Gore Creek. Ascending the drainage, you roam through coniferous forest and open meadows, past aspen trees, l ...
Whiteriver, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.4
Grizzly Creek tumbles and cascades merrily through a thick forest filled with wildflowers and berry bushes. You can hike as far as you like while enjoying this beautiful little canyon with its limesto ...
Eagle, CO - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.4
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The hike to Grouse Lake follows Grouse Creek, which could be more aptly named Berry Bush Creek—especially the first section. The trail climbs steadily through spruce-fir forest interspersed with aspen ...
Whiteriver, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 9.2
Wander across some of Copper Mountain’s west-side ski trails filled with wildflowers on section eight of the 483-mile Colorado Trail, then wind down to the confluence of Jacque and Guller Creeks. Re ...
Silverthorne, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2
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A must-see in the Glenwood Canyon area, turquoise-colored Hanging Lake nestles in a bowl amid limestone and sandstone cliffs. The trail is an extremely popular and steep climb up a narrow canyon, wind ...
Glenwood Springs, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
The Iowa Hill Hydraulic Placer Mine is explored along this historical interpretive trail. The hike takes you back over 125 years in history to the days when miners panned for gold then developed techn ...
Breckenridge, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
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The Jess Weaver Trail follows No Name Creek through lush forest, past boulder fields beneath ancient cliffs, and along a sparkling, cascading creek. The pretty trail sometimes wanders gently along the ...
Rifle, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
This gentle, uncrowded hike follows an old mining road then travels on the Gore Range Trail (GRT), climbing a lateral moraine left by two epochs of glaciers. The GRT wanders around the top of the fore ...
Silverthorne, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 6.4
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Lake Charles sits in a high basin beneath rocky peaks in the Sawatch Range. The beautiful setting makes a great destination for a day hike or an overnight backpack. Climbing past moss-draped boulders, ...
Eagle, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2
Long Lake Constantine lies nestled in a high valley beneath the elongated ridge of 13,271-foot Whitney Peak and the ridge running south of Notch Mountain. The sights along the trail constantly change ...
Whiteriver, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
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The Lenawee Trail provides some fantastic views of Summit County and into Eagle County as you wind your way along the alpine tundra. The trail climbs 1,650 feet in the first 2 miles through thick fore ...
Silverthorne, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8
Lily Pad Lake is a very popular destination reachable from two different trailheads. This hike description starts on the Meadow Creek Trail near Frisco, which provides the most diverse scenery and wil ...
Silverthorne, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
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