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Isak Heartstone Finds A New Home!

The giant wooden troll that was beloved by many was a victim of his own popularity last year. Isak was so impressive that people from all over Colorado came to see him in person. The original site of the troll was not meant for that many people, so the town decided to remove him from the area. If you missed your chance to see this incredible piece of art in person, don’t worry! Isak Heartstone lives on in a new, better location for all to enjoy!

The new location will be easily accessible, away from residential areas, and will have plenty of parking.  The Town of Breckenridge is building a new trail leading to the troll that can be accessed via parking at the Steven C. West Ice Arena. For more thorough directions, ask the friendly staff at Alpine Meadows Property Management. The troll/trail will be open by mid-June.

About the Artist: Danish artist Thomas Dambo has created nearly 50 wooden trolls around the world. They are built from recycled materials as he is trying to bring awareness to “reusing everything we can”. If you visit Isak Heartstone this summer, make sure you are respecting nature, the troll’s surroundings, and don’t litter – or else “the troll will eat you!” – Thomas Dambo joking of course.

 

 

The Wildflowers are in Full Bloom!

Summer is in full swing in Breckenridge and now is the time to go to your favorite hiking/biking trails to see the spectacular wildflowers. Whether you are a hiker or a biker, there is no shortage of amazing trails around Breckenridge in which to take in the beautiful colors, as well as get a little exercise. If you are planning on biking, don’t forget to rent your bike through our partners at Charter Sports or call (970) 453-4494.

A Few of Our Favorite Trails

McCullough Gulch Trail (Hiking):

This is a moderately challenging trail just south of Breckenridge meandering through the valley near the 14,000ft Mt. Quandary. It offers incredible views of Breckenridge’s surrounding peaks, high alpine lakes, waterfalls and, of course, fields of wildflowers. It can get a little crowded on the weekends so start your day early. Most people hike up to the waterfalls and then head down. If you feel up to the challenge, we recommend continuing on to the lake directly beneath the summit of Pacific Peak – the crowds thin and you can sometimes have the high alpine vistas all to yourself!

Directions:

From Breckenridge head south on route 9 for 7.6 miles to Blue Lakes Drive (CR #850). Turn right onto Blue Lakes drive and continue for about 100 yards to McCullough Gulch Rd.(#851). Turn right and continue for 2.2 miles, staying left at the y-junction, to the parking area at the trailhead.


Lower Flume Trail (Biking):

The Lower Flume Trail is a great introduction trail to mountain biking in Breckenridge. It also offers some of the best views around while biking through fields of tall wildflowers. If you are unfamiliar with mountain biking in Breckenridge, ask our friends at Charter Sports about where to go and proper protocol.

Directions:

The Trailhead is located at the Summit County Road facility just past the recycling center on the north side of SCR 450 (Huron Road) approximately 1/4 mile from the 7-Eleven.

There is no parking at the trailhead. Park at the Breckenridge Recreation Center, or somewhere else in Town.

The trail initially climbs steeply from the road grade to the flume, then flattens for a cruisy, fun singletrack. At mile 0.7, the trail crosses Highlands Drive and continues directly across the road. At mile 1.2 trail again comes to Highlands Drive. Continue north (downhill) on Highlands Drive approximately 400′ and look for the trail on the right. The Mike’s Trail intersection will be on the right, the Lower Flume Trail crosses Highlands Drive again and continues north another 1/4 mile to the terminus in Silver Shekel Subdivision.*
*Information from https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/5466559/lower-flume-trail

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100 Crown Drive

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