One of the best parts about living in Breckenridge is the direct access to miles and miles of well developed trails right from town. Hiking, biking, and jogging are all popular activities during the warmer months and when the snow starts falling these trails turn into snowshoeing and cross country skiing hot spots. Whether you are a full-time Breckenridge resident or an out of towner renting a Breckenridge Condo, there are an endless amount of trails that will fit any ability level.
Fall is undoubtedly one of the best times to enjoy a hike around Breckenridge. The cool mountain air is crisp and refreshing, the crowds are almost nonexistent, and the yellow leaves from the aspen trees create a brightly colored carpet to walk on. One of the most beautiful and easily accessed trails from Breckenridge is Lower Lehman Trail that starts from the bottom of Peak 9 right above the loading station for the Quicksilver Super Chair. Look for the trailhead marker to your left as you walk past the loading station for the chair.
The trail features gorgeous hiking through thick forests with big rewarding views the higher you go. The trail is an easy hike and doesn't have much incline unless you choose to continue onto the Breckenridge Ski Resort trails. Even if you do continue onto the ski resort trails, there are easy trails to hike as well as more challenging trails.
Lower Lehman travels north through a thick forest of pine trees and parallels a small creek for much of its duration. You can follow this trail all the way to the Town of Blue River, though the trail splits after about a mile and gives users the ability to access the miles of trails on Breckenridge Ski Resort and allows for a loop hike.
If users choose to utilize the split and continue onto the trail system for Breckenridge Ski Resort, the options of how long you want to make your hike are endless thanks to the extensive system of well maintained trails. A word of caution to hikers to pay attention while using these trails as they are a very popular destination for downhill mountain bikers that will come zooming through the trails. Stay alert and give the bikers the right of way.
Once you take the right hand fork off of Lower Lehman you will cross a small bridge (pictured) and find yourself on the Wanderer Trail that continues either up or down what is Lower Lehman ski run during the winter. You can either choose to continue up Wanderer Trail further up Breckenridge Ski Resort or make a right down the trails to make a short loop hike back to the base of Peak 9.
If you do continue to follow Wanderer Trail higher up the mountain there are numerous trails that cross Wanderer and they will all eventually take you back to Breckenridge. Click this Link to download the Summer Trail Map for Breckenridge. Keep the map on your phone or print it out and stick it in your pocket and you will never lose your way. There are also a number of great resources on the Go Breck website.
No matter your ability level or time frame, there are an endless number of hikes that are easily accessible from Breckenridge. Lower Lehman is a good option for someone looking for a quick hike that is accessed directly from town with the option to complete a loop hike and the option for a longer or shorter hike. Stop by Coldwell Banker Mountain Property’s Breckenridge office in the Breckenridge Plaza if this trail makes you fall in love with Breckenridge, we will make you a local!
By Reid Tulley
Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties