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.)
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.
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!
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.
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!
Here's me attempting to catch one of those Brooke Trout that I could see sipping right on top of the water.
He was more successful at catching the fish than I was.
All of the lakes off the trail are fishable. I've seen Cutbows and Brooke trout caught right out of the alpine lakes.
A camera is a must-bring-item on this adventure. You may come across mountain goats like I did!
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.