One thing Breckenridge vacations are great for is hiking. It's probably one of the more popular activities in the area aside from skiing. If you're an avid hiker, you'll love the hikes in Breckenridge. Before you head to Breckenridge to take advantage of the best hiking trails, make sure to secure your Colorado vacation house by calling Breckenridge Vacation Rentals to find out about our great Breckenridge homes for rent. A good vacation always starts with a great place to stay.

When preparing for the best hikes in Breckenridge, the three most important things are starting early, bringing plenty of food and water and layering your clothes. Otherwise the views are amazing, and the wildflowers and aspen groves will be something to take copious pictures of. Food and water are obviously a given on hikes, but specifically for Breckenridge, the layering and early starts are especially applicable. Thunderstorms are common in this part of the state and they tend to roll in around the afternoon, along with lightning. You don't want to be caught above the treeline when they come in, as the protection from lightning is little to none. Layering is essential because an 80 degree day can quickly turn into a storm with wind, rain and chill.

The easiest hikes you'll find on Breckenridge vacations will be the hikes on Hoosier Pass Loop, Spruce Creek Loop, Carter Park, Sawmill Trail and Burro Trail. These are hikes that anyone can casually leave their Colorado vacation house for a day of fantastic scenery. The Hoosier Pass Loop in particular offers a three mile excursion in an alpine setting without having to expend the extra energy in going past the treeline. Carter Park is much the same, leaving out of downtown Breckenridge. Sawmill Trail covers one and a half miles in a shaded hike that follows the stream at the base of Snowflake Lift. Burro Trail starts near Lehman ski trail and can be paired with another loop or followed for as long as you want.

If you want to go for moderate hikes near Breckenridge homes for rent, you have the choice of Blue Lakes-Monte Cristo Gulch, McCullough Gulch and Mohawk Lakes. The first hike starts high at 11,748 feet and above the tree line. The trail covers two and a half miles and takes you into historic mining territory and alpine lakes. McCullough Gulch is just under three miles and covers plenty of trademark Colorado scenery with wildflowers, waterfalls and forests. Mohawk Lakes is considered the real prize in these hikes. It's just easy enough for a family to do and challenging enough to satisfy an avid hiker. This five mile hike climbs up to some amazing lake scenery and historic wild west ruins.

The really difficult hikes should challenge experienced and avid hikers on Breckenridge vacations for the great outdoors experience. The two top trails here are Quandary Peak and Wheeler National Recreation Trail. The first hike is one of the state's 54 14ers, as they're called. These are peaks that exceed 14,000 feet in elevation. The hike is only about six miles, but involves 3,305 feet of elevation gain. Depending on fitness, it could take anywhere from three to nine hours to complete. It's considered a nice, but vigorous hike. The Wheeler hike is a little more intense. This hike requires parking two cars, one at the County Road 851 trailhead to the south and then another at the Vail Pass/Tenmile Canyon Bikeway Parking Area. The hike is 10 miles, but well worth it for the scenery across Tenmile Range.

Find the perfect Colorado vacation house for rent through Breckenridge Vacation Rentals and prepare to do some of the most amazing hikes of your life. Breckenridge homes for rent are numerous in the area, but you can call us at Breckenridge Vacation Rentals and find the perfect property to prepare for some amazing Breckenridge hiking.