Odds are high that most visitors to Breckenridge will have one activity in particular on their fun-things-to-do list, and that will be to visit Isak the Troll in his new location following his resurrection in May 2019.
Who knew a giant wooden troll would create such controversy that ended in his beheading? Isak Heartstone was built with tender love but no forethought into his location as a temporary piece of art for the Breckenridge Arts Festival in August 2018. Only weeks after his debut to the public, Isak’s enormous popularity resulted in traffic jams, illegal parking, and neighborhood trespassing.
After some back-and-forth decision making, Isak met his demise when he was sadly removed in a swift and piece mill fashion on November 15, 2018. Thomas Dambo, the artist who built Isak and thousands of his fans expressed outrage of Isak’s removal on social media.
Isak’s deconstructed remains went into storage in a secret location. Afterwards, a committee was assembled by town council to determine Isak’s fate. A great deal of research, polling, and discussion over the next 3 months ensued to ensure Isak’s new location would come with a sense of adventure yet be easily accessible to people of all ages and abilities while not disturbing any nearby residents. A mind to educating his visitors about care for our beloved environment was incorporated into the plans for his re-birth.
In early March 2019, the new location for Isak’s future home (near the Breckenridge ice skating rink, see map below) was announced along with outlines of why other locations were ruled out. The committee has also implemented plans to ensure that those who visit the troll do so in a responsible and sustainable manner (leave no trace, trail etiquette, etc.). Visitor behavior and travel patterns are closely monitored to ensure sustainability.
Isak’s reconstruction took place in May 2019. The site and trail are open for visitors with a user-friendly path.
Directions: There are several ways to find Isak the Troll from downtown Breckenridge.
- Take the free bus or the trolley to the ice rink on Boreas Pass Road. The Trollstigen Trail is in the far left corner of ice rink parking lot to the left (west) of the ice rink.
- Walk from downtown to the ice rink and find the Trollstigen Trail to the left of the ice rink in the upper left-hand corner of the parking lot.
- Drive to the ice rink on Boreas Pass Road. Park in the lot to the left of the ice rink and find the Trollstigen Trail in the upper left-hand corner of the parking lot.
There are some other easy trails in the area which you are free to explore, but always stay on the trail.
When you visit Isak, please be mindful of these important guidelines:
- LEAVE NO TRACE! This means leaving no evidence behind that you were ever there. No trash. Always stay on the trail.
- NO CLIMBING ON ISAK. Isak will not last long if visitors climb on him. We want to keep him around as long as possible, so “Be Kind, Do Not Climb.”
- DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH. Trolls do not like to be peed on.
- NO DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY. Per town ordinance, drone use is prohibited.
- USE CAUTION IN WINTER. The trail can be very slippery.