Wildflower Fields on Peak 7 in Breckenridge [Photo Shoot Location]

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Wildflower Fields on Peak 7 in Breckenridge [Photo Shoot Location]

Summer in the Rocky Mountains = Wildflowers

Living in the mountains for almost 20 years, and I still find new spots to share, like these Wildflower Fields on Peak 7 in Breckenridge, a suggested Photo Shoot Location. Now, mind you this land traverses next to private property and is in a pretty secluded neighborhood, this area is meant for small groups, preferably less than 10 at a time. Just schedule the photographer and the bride and groom for a half hour on the trail near the Breckenridge Ski Resort. I've included a map below to show you where it's at. For a list of other recommended hikes near Breckenridge, click here to read a blog on The Flower Maven

Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Don't worry if you can't make it to this exact spot for your wedding photos on the big day. These flowers won't last forever, but the mountain vistas will. And these flowers come from long winter weathers and heavy snowfalls. Summer or Winter, then?  You have your choice of seasons, and whether or not you want a white winter backdrop instead of colorful wildflowers. But, consider this are surrounded by world-class ski areas like Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain, Keystone and A-Basin. A winter wedding proposal can be a fun experience, and if you need some help to put all the pieces together on the sly, we're good at personalizing elopements and small vow renewals that are similar in intimacy.

Please be respectful of parking and don't step on the wildflowers. Tread lightly and please Leave No Trace when traveling in the mountains.

 

Turk's Trail: Backcountry Nordic Skiing in Breckenridge Colorado [Video]

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This vlog (video blog) is about Turk's Trail: Backcountry Nordic Skiing in Breckenridge Colorado. I see lots of images from photographers and couples that seem to go to the downtown area, and maybe outside the venue for a few pics. If you have time and want an adventure, you should head over to the Town of Breckenridge trail system to explore some areas that are truly unique. Downtown classics include the Snowplow Rotary Park, the Blue River Plaza by the Riverwalk Center, and the oldest bar west of the Mississippi, the Gold Pan. If you need more suggestions for photo shoot locations near the Breckenridge and Summit County area, please click here. If you're done searching for locations, photographers and just want some help putting together an all-inclusive destination wedding, elopement, vow renewal or engagement, then please contact us. We want to help you figure it all out without stressing.

If you're a professional wedding vendor or service provider, please go here to see all the different options for promoting your business via this niche website that covers the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Video shot, edited and produced by Stacy Sanchez.

 

Mayflower Gulch, near Copper Mountain [Photo Shoot Location]

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Earlier this summer we hiked along the roads that lead into the high hills  of Mayflower Gulch, near Copper Mountain. We have visited this place before, and really like the feel in this wild mountain basin. You can see the cabins left behind by the miners and try to figure out which peaks are what (bring a topo map for this). If you're planning a destination wedding in or near Copper Mountain, then I'd suggest considering this special area that's definitely worth the drive and short, yet moderately steep hike. We consider the wedding not only the day of the ceremony, but now the whole experience that you create for your guests and that includes the activities in the days leading up to the big day. Adventure weddings in Colorado? Yes, we do that. Please contact us to learn more.

[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

[GROOM-ER] Because it's Not All About Her // Exploring Cucumber Gulch in Breckenridge, Colorado

Here's the deal.  You're in downtown Breckenridge with the boys and want to check out some trails that are close.  Where do you go?  Just look to the west, and you see that big hump where the gondola climbs over?  Well, that's the Shock Hill area, and nestled in those trees you'll find the Pence Miller trail, among others, that are stretched out between the Breckenridge Nordic Center and the Cucumber Gulch, wetlands area.

[GROOM-ER] Because it's Not All About Her // Exploring Cucumber Gulch in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[carlscofield.com]

A sweet connector from the downtown area is the Morning Thunder trail, which is found next to the Mountain Thunder Lodge.  A nice bachelor party ride could start in this area and (for the hardcore) extend the ride onto the Peaks trail, or even explore the trails on the mountain itself.  

It's not a huge area, but you could stretch out a ride to an hour or two, especially if you stop to take photos, or smoke a cigar (yes, while mountain biking with the boys, it does happen).  Stop and check out Josie's cabin, which lies next to the wetlands, and "just below to the left" using the photo as a point of reference. 

Moose have been seen in the Cucumber Gulch area, so please use caution here.  The gondola flies overhead as you explore trails you never knew existed where right under you this whole time.  Explore this area, and get to know Breck like you never have before.  

If you like this idea and want to talk to us about setting up this bachelor party with all the details, contact us with your group size, activities sought, and lodging preferences.  We've got some great things planned, and we're just getting started!  

>> Photos courtesy of Carl Scofield, a Breckenridge resident since 1981, freelance photographer since 1985, and currently is the Resident Artist in the Breckenridge Arts District’s Fuqua Livery Stable.  Please visit www.carlscofield.com to learn more.

[TRAIL] The View From The Minnie Mine in Breckenridge, Colorado

The trail system near Breckenridge is an absolutely amazing connection of old mining roads and singletrack that travels through the trees and hillsides. Some trails, like the Minnie Mine, has lots of old mining structures that you can look at, while trying to imagine this place during the gold rush.

[TRAIL] The View from the Minnie Mine in Breckenridge, Colorado.  |   photo[StacySanchez]

There's even a dredge boat they plan to restore in a pond on the south side of the loop we do. We connect with the "bomber trail" or the B&B trail, according to the sign. Lots of variations exist in this area, please take a map, and share your pics with us!

[TRAIL] The View from the Minnie Mine in Breckenridge, Colorado.  |   photo[StacySanchez]