[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes

Breckenridge, in the summer, offers so many opportunities to get outdoors and explore, and I've found a place where I can do my three favorite outdoor activities all in one; Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes.  Mohawk Lakes is located off Spruce Creek Road outside of Breckenridge. Follow Hwy. 9 South for two miles then turn right on Spruce Creek Rd. A 4WD vehicle is a plus but not required. If you're not driving a 4WD vehicle I suggest parking at the Spruce Creek Trailhead, and hiking from there. It adds a 4 miles total, but is still worth it for the alpine scenery and beautiful smaller beaver lakes you'll come across. If you are brave enough to take your 4WD vehicle up go as far as you can up the mountain. It gets you closer to the lakes and cuts out several miles of hiking. It will already be a pretty intense hike up to Mohawk Lakes (intense but definitely doable.)

HIKING

The hike its about 7 miles round trip. If you take my advice about driving all the way to the top you will be cutting out about 4 miles all together.

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

On the day we decided to hike up a bad thunderstorm came through quickly. As soon as we got to the Upper Lake we had to high tail it back down.  With that said, it would be a good idea to bring a rain jacket!

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

This is the view from the upper lake to the lower lake. Totally worth it to keep going once you get to the lower lake.

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

FISHING

We had to stop at the Continental Falls on our way back down. I think this picture needs to be in a Scott Fly Rods ad!

Mohawk Lakes[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

Here's me attempting to catch one of those Brooke Trout that I could see sipping right on top of the water.

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

He was more successful at catching the fish than I was.

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

All of the lakes off the trail are fishable. I've seen Cutbows and Brooke trout caught right out of the alpine lakes.

PHOTOGRAPHY

A camera is a must-bring-item on this adventure. You may come across mountain goats like I did!

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

Wildflowers and wildlife abound around the lakes. During this time of year (Late July- Early August) the wildflowers are hitting their peak right along the trails.

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

[HOW TO] have a pontoon parade on Lake Dillon as part of your adventure wedding in Rockies.

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When planning your Rocky Mountain wedding in Summit County, Colorado you can incorporate a water experience into your options with a rafting trip, fly fishing experience or even a pontoon parade.  Yes, that's exactly what we did for our friends and family.  We had our ceremony near the Frisco Bay Marina, and decided against the family kayaking chaos we envisioned and went with the pontoon parade idea.

Our pontoons were rented from the Frisco Bay Marina.   |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Just after the ceremony, we boarded reserved pontoons (a must) and headed out towards the center of the lake through the islands.  We still remember my cousin, Glen, wearing his bluetooth opening up the throttle on the pontoon trying to pass us.  Our pontoon putt putt quickly turned into a scene from Miami Vice as I wondered who was so important that might call that warranted sporting a bluetooth earpiece.

Post wedding ceremony pontoon parade on Lake Dillon.   |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Looking back, I'm glad we were able to share the experience of being on the water in the mountains with our friends and family.  We did get a big wave from a passing Sheriff's boat put enough water in the front of our pontoon that we thought we might be swimming for a second!  We drained our shoes and wore flip flops the rest of the night!

Eye protection is very important.  He's also wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and sunscreen (SPF 60).  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Enjoying a still moment as we watch a sailboat regatta on the Lake.  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Dina and Stacy celebrating on Lake Dillon!  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Heading back towards the Frisco Bay Marina after our post wedding pontoon parade on the lake.  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

// Photos courtesy of our longtime friend, Allysia Angus.