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Blue River Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (10)

A very fun out and back trail from Breckenridge. One of the best area descents.


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Map Key

3.0

Miles

4.8

KM

Point to Point

10,115' 3,083 m

High

9,853' 3,003 m

Low

320' 98 m

Up

189' 58 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

Features -none-

Description

This is an excellent out-and-back hike when time is limited.

Blue River Trail begins at the first major curve in Boreas Pass Road, but can also be accessed from the Little Mountain Trails (Southside Trail, Illinois Creek Trail) from the Stephen C. West Ice Arena

From Boreas Pass Road to Illinois Creek, the trail is mellow. Just after passing Illinois Creek Trail and crossing a boardwalk, the Blue River Trail begins to climb a recently realigned trail section before leveling off.

After passing a small, sometimes dry pond, the trail continues to climb at an agreeable gradient for about a mile. The trail tops out 300' from paved Indiana Creek Road. Descend to the road, turn right (west) and look for the trail continuation about 200' downhill on the opposite side of the road.

Descend singletrack to a right bend and continue along Indiana Creek to another paved road: Spruce Valley Drive. Turn left and look for the trail continuation just past the creek, left of the road, up an embankment.

The trail climbs steeply for a few hundred feet, then rolls for about 1/2 mile before reaching a flume. The trail follows the flume and ends at Blue River Road.

Turn around and descend back to town.

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Christiane Reetz

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  4.4 from 10 votes

#12

in Breckenridge

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in Breckenridge

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Snowshoes are heavily encouraged in the wintertime!
Jun 25, 2017 near Brecken…, CO

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Jul 14, 2020
Bella Jo
May 9, 2020
Anthony Lewis
The trail was largely impassable for the average hiker. LOTS of downed trees covering the trail made it difficult to hike. we went a ways and the… 1.1mi — 0h 20m
Oct 13, 2019
Anthony Lewis
1mi — 0h 47m
Jul 5, 2019
Abel Valdes
6mi
May 8, 2019
Carmen Marie
Time approximate. Post holing most of the way. 1.4mi
Sep 29, 2018
Drew Boone
Aug 19, 2018
Sherilyn Guerrero
Aug 1, 2018
Michelle Montgomery