Spruce Creek Trail

Summit County, Colorado

Elevation Gain1,705ft
Trailhead Elevation10,945ft
Elevation Min/Max10356/11107ft
Elevation Start/End10945/10949ft

Spruce Creek Trail

Spruce Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Summit County, Colorado. It is within White River National Forest. It is 3.8 miles long and begins at 10,945 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,705 feet. The Spruce Creek Trailhead parking can be seen along the trail. There are also pipelines, an information map, and an information guidepost along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Burro Trail, Mohawk Lakes Trail, Crystal Creek Road and Wheeler Trail.

Spruce Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Spruce Creek Trail parallels the Spruce Creek Road south of Breckenridge and is often overlooked by snowshoers and cross-country skiers who use the road. This steep and demanding trail poses little difficulty for the snowshoer, but the skier will need good skills and probably skins to navigate the winding, narrow trail.

The Spruce Creek Trail is marked by trail blazes. The trail runs mostly through the forest and receives little sun exposure. Therefore, be prepared for cold temperatures. Good views exist at only a few trail points and at the high point, the Mohawk Lakes trailhead."

"The Spruce Creek Trail parallels the Spruce Creek Road and is often overlooked by winter recreationists. This steep and demanding route will pose little difficulty for the snowshoer, but the skier will likely need climbing skins to ascend the steep, winding, and narrow trail.

Ascending Spruce Creek Trail, taking the Wheeler Trail over to the Spruce Creek Road, and then rapidly returning to your starting point at the parking area completes this clockwise loop. There are several stopping places along the way with great views of the surrounding peaks. There is no snowmobile traffic on the Spruce Creek Trail and very little such traffic on the lower part of the Spruce Creek Road."

"Cascading waterfalls and abandoned mining cabins set in an exquisite alpine cirque make this hike popular. Although the trail ends after a very steep climb to Upper and Lower Mohawk lakes, 0.5 mile before the lakes is an easier, very worthwhile destination: Continental Falls, spilling from a wildflower-blanketed hillside scattered with the rusty remnants of a bygone mining era.

From the two-wheel-drive parking lot, the trail winds through an aspen-wooded area for 0.5 mile before it crosses Spruce Creek via a two-log bridge. Mosquito repellent is a must for the next 0.8-mile walk through an old-growth spruce forest. While passing under the stately trees, point out the holes woodpeckers drilled in search of insects."

"This wide road near Breckenridge gives skiers a fast downhill run — and a chance to work on their technique. you on your ascent and Bald Mountain is across the valley on your descent. The Spruce Creek Road is wide and, for the most part, gradual on its ascent to the Mohawk Lakes Trailhead.

Avalanche danger is nearly zero on this forested route. There are several trails and roads off the Spruce Creek Road. The routes beyond the Mohawk Lakes Trailhead and the road up to Lower Crystal Lake, popular with ski-mountaineers, are considerably steeper and known for serious avalanche danger."

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Little more than I bargained for...reading the published description did not make clear to me where the trailhead(s) were in relation to the Lake. It was also unexpected to have to scramble rock at the very end of the ascent. I however, would do this hike again knowing what to expect.

Spruce Creek Trail Photos

Trail Information

Summit County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Skill Level
For current conditions and more information, contact Dillon Ranger District, www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver or (970) 468-5400
Local Contacts
White River National Forest; USGS Breckenridge
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018