Best Easy Hikes in Summit County
Even the die-hard hikers may enjoy an easy hike now and then, but especially for families and groups, easy hikes are fun for everyone. Here are our favorites:
Near Copper Mountain is a beautiful and fun hiking trail for Summit County visitors. The slight and very gradual elevation gain is what puts it on the easy list. With most hikes on any favorites list, there are big rewards at the end on the Mayflower Gulch trail. The trailhead can be found just off Highway 91 west of Breckenridge and Frisco. This out and back trail is dog friendly, wide, and also passable with a Jeep or ATV. Teasers for the end-of-trail reward start to pop up along the way in, peeking through the trees as well as smaller bits of mining ruins. Mayflower Gulch is a great hiking trail year round. Strap on some snowshoes or cross-country skis for visit in the winter months.
What remains at present day of a lucrative gold mining dredge that sunk in 1922 is an amazing sight to see. See it before it sinks and is gone forever! The Reiling Dredge was added to Colorado’s Most Endangered Places list in 2014. Cables were attached to the dredge in 2012 to keep it from sinking. For a beautiful and quiet hike through the woods that ends with a great piece of Breckenridge history, don’t miss the Reiling Dredge trail.
Drive west on Wellington Road just off Main Street in Breck. Follow Wellington until it dead ends at a stop sign at the intersection with Reiling and French Gulch roads. Turn right onto French Gulch Road and follow it down to the B&B trailhead parking area on the right. Read more about the Reiling Dredge history here.
You just can’t go wrong with this choice on the easy hikes list. A popular trail so easy and family friendly that it is also handicap accessible. The Sapphire Point trail is not only on the easy hikes list, but is also a not-to-be-missed Summit County attraction. The views overlooking Lake Dillon, the Ten Mile Range and the Gore Range are some of the best you’ll see anywhere in the county.
Go north on Highway 9 towards Frisco. Turn right onto Swan Mountain Road. When you reach the peak of the short Swan Mountain pass, the parking area for Sapphire Point will be on the left.
Be sure to pack some sunflower seeds. The Sapphire Point residents will demand to be fed by all visitors!
Photo at top of page: Sallie Barber mining ruins with a view of the Gore Range in the background
Bits and pieces of Breckenridge’s rich mining history are scattered all throughout the town. The Sallie Barber trail is another great Breckenridge hike that ends with the fun reward of exploring some of that history. The hike in is a gradual ascent with the beauty of the surrounding peaceful woods. Out and back is an easy 2.8 miles round trip or you can go beyond the end of the Sallie Barber trail to other trails that branch and lead to the B&B trailhead system mentioned above under the Reiling Dredge hike.
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