Summit County is a beautiful area full of beautiful hiking trails nestled in the backcountry. In Breckenridge, Keystone, and all of Summit County, there is a multitude of hiking options from beginner walks for the whole family to more advanced trails that navigate the summits of many of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks. As the weather turns warmer, and visitors start to look for fun ways to get outdoors, hiking is the perfect way to enjoy the sunshine.
For beginner trails, there is a lot to choose from. The Ptarmigan trail is a popular hike for families to enjoy. The trail ascends into a beautiful aspen forest bringing hikers to gorgeous views of Lake Dillon and the Gore Mountain Range to the west. This trail is well maintained and provides a trail covering of mulch and pine needles for a comfortable day hike.
For a more intermediate hiking experience, one should be sure to hike the McCullough Gulch Trail off Route 9 near Breckenridge. This hike’s destination is a glacial lake that lies above a series of majestic waterfalls. The serenity and beauty of this trail is unmatched. The hike is rated easy to moderate and is around 2.8 miles. As you make your way to the perfect destination, you will pass by canyon views and a smaller network of trails bringing you closer to the waterfalls but always leading back to the main trail ending at the alpine lake at the top of the falls. This hike is very unique and should not be missed!
For our more experienced and advanced explorers, Summit County is home to many advanced hikes that bring travelers to great mountain heights and gorgeous views. If you are looking to take down a 14’er, The Quandary Peak hike is a perfect place to start the journey. The trail begins moderate but quickly begins an ascent of 3,100 feet to the top of this epic 14,000 foot peak. You will see views of mountain peaks in every direction as well as a view of the Blue Lakes at the base of Quandary Mountain. At the top of this Rocky Mountain summit, you will truly feel on top of the world.
Keep in mind that Summit County has many different hikes for all skill levels so be sure to choose your hike according to experience and fitness. As the spring turns to summer, hiking is great addition to all of AVA’s activities from whitewater rafting to camping, ziplining, and rock climbing.