The Best Family Hikes in Breckenridge Colorado
The Best Kid Friendly Hikes around Breckenridge Co
People enjoy hiking for many different reasons. Some crave the workout, others like to explore and take in fantastic mountain views and many just enjoy an activity the whole family can share together.
There are skill ratings for each hike from easy to expert. When the kids are coming along it is best to choose an easy to moderate hike that everyone can have fun with. We have decided on a handful of family friendly hikes in the Breckenridge area to use as a guide on your next trip out to Colorado.
Iowa Mine Trail
This trail is only a 1.2 mile loop full of mining ruins dating back over 100 years. You can take the hike on your own or join a tour by the Breckenridge Historical Alliance. If you take it on your own there are signs along the way with historical facts and explanations about the area. It starts with a gradual uphill climb and finishes downhill.
This is a great beginner hike to get acclimated to the higher Rocky Mountain Elevation. The Iowa Mine Trail is lined by pines and aspens overlooking the town of Breckenridge. It’s a perfect hike to take with kids who want to explore the mining relics and need a bit more entertaining.
To get there: head North on Highway 9 out of town. Turn left onto Valley Brook Road at the 2nd stop light after the roundabout and then right onto Airport Rd. The trail head will be .25 miles down on the left. There is a dirt lot for parking.
Sawmill Creek Trail
This trail starts on Peak 8 at the bottom of the SnowFlake lift. This is another trail you can take on your own or join a tour. The whole trail is about 1.5 miles and can be done in a good pair of tennis shoes. It runs along a stream that opens up into a reservoir. It also offers a significant amount of shade on those hotter sunny days.
It’s perfect for a family looking to get out and enjoy the outdoors without getting sore feet and working up too much of a sweat. It’s also close to town.
How to get there: Head to the Snowflake Lift, near the intersection of Four O’Clock Road and Kings Crown Road.
Hoosier Pass Loop
This 3 mile Loop is still rated as easy but more of a step up from the Sawmill Creek and Iowa Mine Trail. With an extra 1.5 miles of trail the Hoosier Loop will be a total of 3 miles long. It is a great intro hike that still takes you above tree line and opens up to some beautiful 360 degree views.
Bring some boots and take off. A wonderful hike for the active family that is looking to start easy or a great step up after completing some shorter hikes earlier on in your trip.
How to get there: Head south on U.S. Highway 9 from Breckenridge to the top of Hoosier Pass and park at the Continental Divide sign on the right side of the road.
McCullough Gulch Trail
The McCullough Gulch Trail is the most advanced of the 4 family friendly hikes. It is considered a moderate hike. You will want boots to ensure that you have good footing in the rockier areas of the trail. The trail is 2.8 miles long.
When you make it to the top you will find a gorgeous glacial lake with a cascading waterfall. This trail feels the most wild and ruggedly beautiful of the 4. It is best suited for older children and teens. Make sure you are properly acclimated to the elevation before you attempt this trail.
How to get there: Head South on Highway 9 for 8 miles starting at Ski Hill Rd and Main St. Turn right on County Rd 850 then another close right onto County Rd 851. Stay left at Mile 1.6 and then park below the gate at Mile 2.1.
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