[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.

The Scene At Breckenridge Ski Resort's Peak 8 In The Summertime

One addition to the summertime offerings at the base of Peak 8 was a tubing hill. It's no longer there today, but kids still hike up to the remaining patches of snow that cling to the hillsides. Or, you can ride the chairlift to gain a higher perch, and then hike or ride down the slopes.  You can see the alpine slide on the right side of this image.  The new Gold Run coaster is further to the left.   This outside deck is connected to One Ski Hill Place.

The base of Peak 8 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort in the summertime. | photo[StacySanchez]

Whether you decide to visit our mountains during the winter or summer, you'll have lots of options for adventure waiting for you. You'll just have to decide whether you want face shots or epic singletrack. Either way you can't go wrong.  And if you're kids are too small for either the coaster or alpine slide, you can always take a free scenic gondola ride.  There was a moose spotted yesterday in Cucumber Gulch, Breckenridge's protected wetlands that's part of the Breckenridge Nordic Center.

A short hike will lead you to Josie's cabin, while other trails will connect you with town if you wanted to hike or bike back down to the downtown historic area.  Or, hike up, have lunch, and then take the gondola back down.  Oh, which way to go, which trail to hike, which activity to choose...  Have fun everybody!