Happy Friday Five ya’ll! We spent fourth of July weekend in Colorado so I thought it would be fitting to share the hikes from our trip.
Hoosier Pass Loop – Breckenridge
The first hike we did on our day of arrival was part of the Hoosier Pass Loop. This trail was short, but stunning. The views were incredible and the snow capped mountains felt so close. It was like you just wanted to reach out and touch them. This trail is at high altitude (over 11,000 feet) so we basically felt like we were dying because our bodies were struggling to adjust.
McCullough Gulch – Breckenridge
We had actually planned on hiking Mohawk Lakes, but got a little lost and ended up at McCullough Gulch. Since we were already there and wanted to do it anyways we decided to hike it instead. The views were absolutely stunning from every angle. We worked for these views. The trail was full of climbing and the altitude was making it that much harder for us since we hadn’t acclimated and the trail was at over 11,000 feet. We were almost to the top when we watched the clouds change and the thunder start. It was a little scary at first, but then it just became incredible to witness. The power and magnitude of the mountains are something to observe and very humbling. We were steps away from the last climb and it started to sleet. We decided to start heading back because the rocks would just get slicker the longer it sleeted. By the time we got towards the bottom of the trail it was snowing. This was a super memorable day for us.
Rainbow Lake – Frisco
After an eventful morning at McCullough Gulch we opted to hike around Rainbow Lake in Frisco because there wasn’t much climbing, it was scenic and we could check out Frisco a little. It was a pretty easy trail, had lovely views and the lower altitude made it much more fun. When we made it to the lake we learned that we just missed seeing a moose that lives on the other side of the lake. Bummer!
Booth Falls Trail – Vail
This trail was everything! The aspens were completely perfect, the mountain views were insane, the wildflowers were everywhere, the waterfalls were majestic and the pines were everywhere. This trail had a little bit of everything which I loved and we had to work for these views. The trail to the falls was a little over 5 miles roundtrip and about 1,500 feet of vertical gain. We climbed so much to get to the falls but it was completely worth every step. The views along the trail were wonderful too. This trail was one of my favorites for sure. We even had lunch on a big boulder in the middle of the pines. It was lovely. We had hoped to explore Vail a little afterwards, but every parking lot in town was full and we didn’t want to have to park far away and walk a mile or two into town like others had done.
Tenderfoot Mountain Trail – Dillon
After a couple long days we wanted something a little easier so we hiked Tenderfoot Mountain Trail. It was a relatively easy hike with lots of switchbacks and unbelievable views right from the start. The views of Dillon Lake and the Ten Range were insane. We could also see Silverthorne Valley from parts of the trail. I also liked seeing more wildflowers and by this time I was able to identify most of them which was fun. I did miss the challenge from this hike that I had with McCullough Gulch or Booth Falls, but this was a great way to cap off our trip.
BONUS – Sapphire Point Overlook – Dillon
Once we completed Tenderfoot Mountain we stopped off at Sapphire Point to take in more views. This little “hike” is a .6 mile loop that provides epic views. I love hiking, but hiking in places like these make all the difference. There is nothing like the feeling of seeing nature in it’s pure unencumbered way. We loved our time in Breckenridge and the surrounding areas and are already looking forward to going back.
What’s your favorite hike?