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Mohawk Lake    Difficulty Rating:
Length: About 7 miles round trip to Mohawk Lake
Highlights:
Beautiful waterfalls, historic ruins, more
Difficulty Rating:
Intermediate - 1,700 ft. elevation gain

Trailhead: Drive south out of Breckenridge on U.S. 9. At about 2.4 miles from the last light as you leave Breckenridge you turn right on Spruce Creek Rd. and proceed  for about 1.2 miles to a well marked parking area and trailhead.

Below: Ruins of the 1880 mining settlement 

If there's one intermediate family hike that encapsulates everything wonderful about Summit County, it is the Mohawk Lake trail. From sweeping vistas, historic ruins and ore cars to waterfalls and close-up views of massive, rugged peaks, the Mohawk Trail is a great, 7mile trail that should not be missed. You can reach the trailhead by driving south out of Breckenridge on U.S. 9. As you reach the last stoplight on your way out of Breckenridge, you will travel 2.4 miles before your reach Spruce Creek Road. Turn right onto Spruce Creek Road and proceed for 1.2 miles to a well-marked parking area and the Spruce Creek Trailhead.
 

 

 

 A view of Lower Mohawk Lake 
 upon arrival via the trial
 


 

 
Start out on Spruce Creek Trail and continue on a pleasant walk through the woods for about 2 miles. At about this point, you will cross a 4WD road where you will pick up the trail to Mayflower lake and a 19th century mining cabin.

Kids will enjoy exploring a private cabin located near the settlement ruins that is available for use as a storm shelter. From Mayflower Lake it is a steady climb of about one mile to the old mill, the falls, and the lower Mohawk lake (pictured at right).  This leg of the trail is not without reward; an old mill stands in the foreground of some dramatic vistas offering great opportunities for photos. 


 

 
Continental Falls spill from the lake above through rocky chasms. At the lower Mohawk Lake you will be treated to a spectacular view of Breckenridge off to the north.

But don't stop there! 

Upon arriving at Lower Mohawk lake take the trail around the left side (south) of the lake for about another half mile to Mohawk Lake.

Left: Breathtaking Continental Falls on the way up to Lower Mohawk Lake.

Above: Passing Lower Mohawk Lake (on your right) the trail bears left  to Mohawk Lake.

 
The trail will eventually climb upward to Mohawk Lake.

On this particular day, we spotted a steep trough and decided to try a different route. Obviously our recommendation is to never leave the trail, but we were all up for a challenge and wanted to try a different approach.
 

Above: Depth perception is lost in this photo, but we are 3/4ths of the way up the trough, looking back at the last in line....

Above: Looking upwards coming out of the trough. Again, this route is not recommended. Stay on the main trail!

After a nice climb, you arrive...upper Mohawk Lake. A great place to hang out, soak up the sun and enjoy lunch.

A truly exhilarating hike -  the beautiful scenery captures the shear essence of what Summit County has to offer!!!

Above: This is it - Beautiful Mohawk Lake. Couldn't have asked for a nicer day!  

Above: If I am reading the map correctly, that's Pacific Peak in the background (above my head).


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At right:
Looking back at Lower Mohawk Lake: What a view!! The perfect day!

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

 
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