If you’re looking for some great recommendations when it comes to hiking or backpacking, it might be beneficial to ask some of us locals instead of trying to do your research on the world wide web. Typically, we’ve all got our own opinions and favorites for one reason or another and it’s honestly hard to go wrong with any hike in Summit County, Colorado. But, while you’re here, I might as well share what I think are the best hikes around the area. None of these are summits, with each hike taking place mostly below tree line, but they all offer stunning views of the surrounding peaks as well as the beautiful scenery.
My personal favorite? Cataract Lakes. It’s all below tree line (which isn’t great if you’re looking for expansive views) but it offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the immediate area. North of Silverthorne, near the Green Mountain Reservoir, the trailhead starts near the lower Cataract Lake, ascending through the woods to the first of several alpine lakes. The halfway point, lost lake, boasts an outlook with views out over the whole valley. As a 17 mile loop at it’s longest, it’s a bit of a hike, but being all below tree line and with a middle of the road amount of elevation change, this hike is one of the easier 17 mile hikes available.
Coming in at number two is a popular trail for both hikers and bikers. The peaks trail is a section of singletrack trail connecting the towns of Breckenridge and Frisco. One can travel in either direction (although coming from Breckenridge offers a slightly less challenging ride or hike). You’ll pass through wooded areas, alpine meadows and descend following a bubbling creek. It’s a great easy hike for beginners looking to explore the area.
Last but not least on my list of favorite hikes is Mohawk Lakes. Located just south of Breckenridge, it’s an easier hike that offers some of the most spectacular views in the county. At 6.6 miles round trip, it’s not quite as long of a trek as the other two hikes, but with views of a waterfall, old mining facilities and again, alpine lakes, the Mohawk Lakes trail is definitely on the list to come try if you’re in the area and looking for an adventure.
By Reid Tulley
Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties