What: Gold Run Trail (and the Preston Mill Ghost Town)
Where: Gold Run Trail, Gold Run Circle, Breckenridge, CO
Length: 10.5 mile loop
Directions: From Downtown Breckenridge, drive toward Fisco on Highway 9. Turn right on Tiger Road (by the Breckenridge Golf Course). Drive about 1 mile and turn right onto Gold Run Road.
The problem with Colorado hikes is there are several spurs and it’s hard to stay on the intended path. This hike can take you from the trailhead into Breckenridge, or you can circle back to the parking lot. We opted to go on a guided hike with the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. Not only did we hear great historical information about the mines and the Preston Mill Ghost Town, but we had a delicious lunch and didn’t have to worry at all whether we were on the right trail or not. My kind of hike. The trail starts as a jeep trail and is also a favorite for mountain bikers. However, there is plenty of room for hikers as well and it’s fun to explore the mill and town remains.
Here are more family friendly hikes in Breckenridge…
Colorado Hikes: Boreas Pass
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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