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Activity Guide: Hiking

A parade of gold-seekers once scrambled across high passes and created mountain trails for modern-day hikers. The gold camps, ghost towns and mining relics these prospectors left behind remain to intrigue hikers today. Alpine Lakes and waterfalls, wildflower meadows, jagged peaks piercing blue sky all await high country hikers in a beautiful Colorado setting. The altitude in this area soars from its 7,000 feet low point to 14,270 feet -- a difference of more than 7,000 feet. This elevation spread provides a variety of flower ecosystems hikers can enjoy on a single ascent.

Expect temperature swings while hiking. Be prepared for weather with wind/water resistant jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, high-energy snacks and adequate footwear. Carry a topo map and compass.

The United States Forest Service office in Silverthorne has information on hiking trails. Topo maps are available at many of the book and outdoor stores in the area. For more information it's recommended you pick up one of the books on hiking in the area.

Hikes around Breckenridge
The cry of "Gold!" first echoed against the craggy Continental Divide on August 10, 1859. Colorado's first Western Slope town, Breckenridge, sprang up. Soon a hotbed of gold mining activity left gold camps, ghost towns and mine ruins scattered across the mountainsides. For spectacular scenery and gold history, try Blue Lakes-Monte Cristo (1.2 miles, 12,500-foot high point) or the skyscraping Wheeler National Recreation Trail (10 miles, 12,490-foot high point).
Hikes around Frisco
Two narrow gauge railways steamed into 1879-born Frisco to serve the historic silver mines there. Follow the Denver-South Park narrow gauge route along today's bike path to the Mt. Royal trail, where an easy hike to ghost town remains at Masontown (0.9 miles, 9600-foot high point) awaits. Or tackle the challenging Meadow Creek for sweeping Gore Range views and fields of alpine wildflowers (4.5 miless, 11,890-foot high point).
Hikes around Copper Mountain
Unparalleled vistas of the wild. Ten Mile Range reward Copper Mountain area hikers. Judge John S. Wheeler founded the county's wildest 1880's town at Copper Mountain's base. Climb to Wheeler Lakes (2.8 miles, 11,080-foot high point) for staggering views into glacier carved Clinton Ampitheater. Nibble wild stawberries in late June. Energetic hikers can continue along the main trail to Uneva Pass and Fristco (10.75 miles, 11,900-foot high point). Stunning views into the deep Ten Mile Canyon below and a panorama of Vail-area peaks will please camera buffs.
Hikes around Keystone-Dillon
Mountain-rimmed Lake Dillon dominates this scenic area. Take the kids and trek up easy Tenderfoot Mountain for a nature trail amid changing ecosystems and spectacular lake views (1.25 miles, 9,800-foot high point.) Advanced hikers will delight in the Lenawee Trail to an abanded mine at the lofty summit. Then walkers descend through Arapahoe Basin ski area (6 miles, 12,4600-foot high point).
Hikes around Gore Range Wilderness
An untrammeled wilderness area pocketed by glacier carved lakes, offers memorable hiking experiences. The silver-rich 1800's Boss mine is the destination on the Rock Creek Trail (1.5 miles, 10,200-foot high point). Hikers travel through a chirpy bird sanctuary. The challenging Upper Cataract Lake trail provides a true wilderness experience for hardy hikers (5.5 miles 10,750-foot high point).

Local Businesses to help you plan your Activity:
Carvers Ski * Board * Sport
Carvers-ski, board and sport in Breckenridge Colorado
Carvers ski, board and sport is a locally owned and operated shop on Main Street in Breckenridge. Skis, snowboards, mini skis, snowshoes, clothing, mtn. bikes and inline skates are what you can find, all under one roof! E-Mail

Melody Lodge Cabins
One and two bedroom cabins at the Green Mountain Reservoir in north Summit County. Rural, awesome views, quiet, clean comfortable cabins. Fishing, Boating, Hiking and Hunting only minutes away. Getaway for a quiet getaway or bring the whole family.
MLC Fishing Service- Experienced lake fishing guide for Green Mountain Reservoir. Up to 4 persons ride in comfort on an 18' pontoon boat. 970-468-8497, 800-468-8495 E-Mail