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!
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.
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