What: Colorado Hikes
Where: Boreas Pass
Length: 6.6 miles one way (you can drive most of this)
Rating: Easy to Moderate
Directions: Go through the Town of Breckenridge, and when you pass the Breckenridge Brewery you go a couple blocks to a light where Boreas Road is well-marked. Follow this road all the way through, making no turns until you come to Road 50 at the other end near Como.
Photos: In addition to the photos below, here is a complete slide show of Boreas Pass.
This trail used to be a railroad line, although I don’t see how they could get a rail car through the pass in winter. As it is, the trail is closed to road traffic in winter and becomes a back-country ski destination.
Boreas Pass is a great family hike as you can drive up to the ranger station for great views and hike as high as you like. The pass sits along the Continental Divide. We waited out a storm before our hike and when we got out of the car, my son watched the puddles running both east and west. Pretty cool. In order to get the trains through in winter, drift fences were built along the track to keep the snow away. You can still see the tree stumps from the trees they cut to make the fence. It looks like the Oncler came through cutting Truffela trees. I fully expected to see the Lorax pop out of the many trucks dotting the landscape.
Here are more family friendly hikes in Breckenridge…
Colorado Hikes: Gold Run Trail (Preston Mill Ghost Town)
Colorado Hikes: McCollough Gulch Trail
Colorado Hikes: Iowa Mine Trail
Colorado Hikes: Sawmill Creek Trail
Colorado Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park (This one isn’t in Breck, but it’s amazing)
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