Burro Trail

Breckenridge

Salida

Forest hike that begins from Breckenridge Ski Resort, alongside a trickling stream and beneath brilliant foliage in fall.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
10 km
Ascent
311 m
Descent
311 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
2.9 km
High Point
3.2 km
Gradient
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Description

This is an easy out and back that leaves from the ski resort at Breckenridge. It travels through the forest on a gentle ascent along a creek. Though it never reaches any particularly dramatic viewpoint, the shady foliage makes a pleasant summer hike with wildflowers or brilliant autumn outing. In the winter it’s popular for snowshoeing and backcountry skiing. Proximity to the resort makes it a convenient option for anyone working or vacationing here, seeking a relaxed afternoon stroll.

Begin near the bottom of Quicksilver chairlift, in a pay parking lot, or walk there from elsewhere in town. Cross the ski run heading south, looking for trail signs. Watch out for skiers. The trail enters to woods and soon becomes very quiet among the trees. Once in the woods, signs no longer lead the way but the path is generally easy to follow. It ascends the valley of Lower Lehman Creek for about half a mile, then contours to the east slope of the mountain. The neighborhoods of Spruce Creek Road are a few hundred below, but generally not visible or heard through the woods.

You can turn around at any point to return the way you came, or make a loop in one of a few ways. Burro Trail’s southern end is at Crystal Creek Trail near Spruce Creek Road, so you can continue to Mohawk Lakes, Crystal Peak, or Peak 10. One possible loop is to follow the Wheeler Trail up Peak 10 and descend back into the ski resort.

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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