Carter Park hike in Breckenridge, Colo.

Hike up the steps from Carter Park for a short-and-sweet hike from downtown Breckenridge, Colo.

UPDATED: 4/4/16

Summer means hiking in Breckenridge, but travelers don’t need to commit to full-day, lung-busting, quad-wrecking hikes to get a scenic trail walking fix.

Check out these three short hikes to experience backcountry peace without a ton of time (and without a car to get to the trailhead – these hikes are accessible from downtown Breckenridge).

Carter Park

This short-and-sweet hike follows stone steps uphill from Carter Park, which is home to a dog park, pavilion, tennis courts and more. Panoramic views of the Tenmile Range and Breckenridge Ski Resort await at the top of the steps; the distance to the top is easier measured in yards rather than miles. Carter Park is one of several popular town trailheads that provide access to a vast network of town and county trails. If this short hike just isn’t enough, continue south on the Hermit Placer Trail and loop back via Jack’s Cruel Joke (careful, it’s steep!) and Sunbeam.

Getting there: Carter Park is located at 300 S. High St. Walk or bike from downtown; the park is also accessible by the Breckenridge Free Ride’s purple route, and parking is available on site.

Sawmill Trail

This roughly 1.5-mile hike begins at the bottom of the Snowflake Lift and follows a stream to a reservoir. Abundant shade and little elevation gain make this a good option for families. The location puts this hike within easy walking distance of many surrounding lodging properties.

Getting there: The Sawmill Trail is located at the Snowflake Lift, near the intersection of Four O’Clock Road and Kings Crown Road. Walk or bike from downtown; the lift is also accessible via the Breckenridge Free Ride’s yellow route.

The view from Carter Park in Breckenridge, Colo.

Families don’t need to hike far or long for excellent views of Breckenridge.

Burro Trail

Hike the Burro Trail as an out-and-back route for as long (or as short) as desired – just five or 10 minutes out can make you feel like you’re miles away. Like the Carter Park trailhead, the Burro trail provides access to a vast network of backcountry hiking options. It’s a great option for those staying at the many properties along Village Road.

Getting there: The Burro trail can be accessed from the bottom of the Lehman ski trail, located at the base of Peak 9 off Village Road in Breckenridge. Walk or bike from downtown; the trail is also accessible via the Breckenridge Free Ride’s yellow route.

These three easy hikes accessible from downtown Breckenridge are just a sample of the many trail options available in and around town. Visit the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S. Main St. for information, directions and detailed maps that include these and other hiking routes. BreckenridgeTrails.org is a fabulous resource for in-town trails – the site includes trail conditions/closures, volunteer days and more.

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Author: Rachel Zerowin

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