- Bob Falcone
Located just south of Breckenridge, in the shadow of popular 14er Quandary Peak, the hike to Mayflower Lake, Continental Falls, and Mohawk Lakes includes a little bit of something for everyone.
This hike, which is on the Spruce Creek Trail (Forest Service Trail #58), and Forest Service Trail 355, is mostly in the shade, has several lakes, a waterfall, great views and more — you may even spot a mountain goat or two. You'll want to bring your camera and take plenty of photos.
This hike, in the White River National Forest, has 1765' of elevation gain over about 3.45 miles (one way), with most of the elevation gain on the last half of the hike. However, it's not overly difficult and the trail is easy to follow, though you may need good way-finding abilities when the trail is covered in snow.
To Get There from Colorado Springs: Take Hwy 24 west through South Park to the intersection with Hwy 9, just past Hartsel. Turn right onto Hwy 9 to US 285, just south of Fairplay, and turn right. Turn left at the traffic light in Fairplay and take Hwy 9 north over Hoosier Pass. Turn right onto Spruce Creek Road (Cnty Rd 800). Bear left through the intersection to arrive at the parking area after a little more than a mile.
Ring the Peak activities in September: As part of the grant they received to study how to close the eight-mile gap on the Ring the Peak trail system, the Trails and Open Space Coalition and the Friends of the Peak will be hosting a series of public events in September. Aimed at raising the public's awareness of what the system is, the recreation opportunities available and why closing the gap is important, TOSC will be hosting hikes, bike rides and equestrian events starting on September 8th (disclosure: I will be leading some of the hikes). See the Trails and Open Space Coalition website for more.
Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, college instructor, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for 25 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: firstname.lastname@example.org.