Spring days in Breckenridge are meant to be enjoyed, so that is exactly what I did. I recently snowshoed the Mayflower Gulch Trail, located just a short drive outside of Breckenridge. I started my day in Breckenridge and rented snowshoes from Mountain Outfitters, a shop known in town for its selection of backcountry gear and backcountry knowledge. After getting set up with gear, we were off to explore.
What to expect on the Mayflower Gulch hike in the winter:
Mayflower Gulch is about a 30 minute drive from Breckenridge. This beginner trail is approximately 2 miles long and is perfect for any age and is also dog friendly. The trail can be experienced by snowshoeing, skinning or cross-country skiing. The trail is well marked and offers both sunny and shaded areas (be sure to bring sunscreen). You can expect breathtaking views in every direction. The trail eventually opens up into a massive snow field and leads to the site of Old Boston Mine, with a backdrop of the Ten Mile Range. It was the perfect spot to sit down and enjoy a quick lunch. This is a great summer hiking trail as well, with a gorgeous lake at the start of the hike.
Summit County is home to some amazing hiking trails, from beginner to advanced, short to long. Swing into the Breckenridge Welcome Center, located at 203 S. Main Street, and ask the local experts more about snowshoeing, trails and other activities in Breckenridge. Mountain Outfitters is one of many local shops in Breckenridge that offer backcountry gear and snowshoe rentals. Check out some of our other local shops for aspiring tourers.
For directions to Mayflower Gulch, visit Summit County Explorer.