Winter Hiking in Breckenridge

Winter hiking is most likely not the first thing that comes to mind when you think Breck. You are probably thinking, “I am here to ski!” Well for those looking for something to do off the mountain, here is your guide to a couple hiking trails that are accessible in the winter months.

Carter Park

Carter Park is a hit year-round. The town sledding hill is located at the park as well as the dog park. However, just beyond the tubing hill is a great hiking trail for you and even your furry ones! Normally known for its downhill biking, this trail transforms into the perfect hiking trail in the winter. Take the ridge back for a more mild incline or brave the steps directly to the top and continue on to the many trails that stem off.

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Incline: High

Boreas Pass

The trail to the top! Boreas Pass is a great hike to explore in the winter. This trails hikes all the way up the peaks on the other side of town. As stated in the name, Boreas Pass is also a road during the summer which makes a great packed out trail to hike in the winter. The endless valleys and mountains surrounding this hike offer an endless array of scenery.

Traffic Rating: High

Incline: Low

Illinois Creek Trail

This hidden trail starts at the bottom of the Ice skating Rink parking lot (on the far end). This is a great scenic trail through the trees. There are parts of incline however, this trail is ranked as a moderate incline trail. Make sure to dress warm, this trail is hidden in the shade for the most part. Take the trail all the way to Aspen Alley and overlook the mountain scenery from the top!

Distance: 1.9 miles – Out & Back

Elevation Gain: 285 feet

Traffic Rating: Minimal

Moonstone Trail

Stemming from Carter Park this trail has a steady, very mild incline throughout the path and is about 2 miles long. The full hike takes a round trip of about an hour. This trail is very packed out so any warm snow shoe will do!

Distance: 4.3 miles – Out & Back

Elevation Gain: 826 feet

Traffic Rating: Minimal

Peaks Trail

At the top of Ski Hill Road lies a nice and easy winter hike in Breckenridge. Peaks Trail is an incredible out-and-back hike with minimal elevation gain that weaves in and out of the beautiful lodge pole pine forest at the base of Breckenridge Ski Resort. Like many of the others, this trail sees heavy usage and stays in great shape for a nice winter stroll. Go as far as you choose, get some great views, spend some quality time in the forest, and turn around and head back whenever you want.

Distance: 8.3 miles – Point to Point

Elevation Gain: 446 feet

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Sallie Barber Mine

This is a great, beginner level, out and back winter hike with amazing views of town, leading to a beautiful old mining site that sits above Breckenridge! The old mining road gently climbs 1.4 miles up to a stunning view of the Sally Barber mine and Keystone in the distance.

Distance: 2.8 miles – Out & Back

Elevation Gain: 393 feet

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Don’t Forget!

Hiking Boots

As with skiing, happy feet means a happy person at the end of the day. The boots that you choose could make or break your experience. Choose a waterproof boot with some insulation to keep your feet warm and dry

Layers, Layers and more Layers!

With the dry, arid climate that we have, and the rapid weather changes that can occur, you should be prepared for any sort of temperature or weather change. Wear several layers made of fabric that can breathe and quickly dries. Cotton clothing is not a good idea. It is also smart to pack extra socks, gloves and a spare hat to cover all of your bases while you are hiking the amazing trails Breckenridge has to offer.

Plenty of Food and Water

Always make sure to pack yourself plenty of food and water for your journey to stay well hydrated and maintain your energy. It is very important while you are out on the trails in the winter hiking at 9,600 feet in elevation.

Optional: Yaktrak or Microspikes

Surprising enough the trails do see a lot of traction, making some of them hard-packed and slick. Traction on your boots makes your winter hiking experience a lot safer and more enjoyable.