The perfect intermediate family hike, Mohawk Lakes sums up everything magnificent about Summit County. It has sweeping vistas, historic ruins, ore cars, waterfalls and close-up views of massive, rugged peaks. Be sure to bring snacks and plenty of water.
Elevation: 12,100 feet
Time: 2-3 hours
Distance: About 7 miles round trip
Directions: Drive south out of Breckenridge on Highway 9. At about 2.4 miles from the last light as you leave Breckenridge, turn right on Spruce Creek Road and proceed for about 1.2 miles to a well marked parking area and trailhead.
Start out on Spruce Creek Trail and continue for about 2 miles. Cross a 4WD road and take the trail to Mayflower Lake and a 19th century mining cabin. Once you get to Mayflower Lake you wil start on a steady climb of about one mile to lower Mohawk Lake where is falls and an old mill. The views from here are impressive. Turn around here or continue to Upper Mohawk Lake and enjoy even more impressive views.