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 Spruce Creek Loop

Approx. 4 miles
cool mountain stream, lush forest and great views of Mt. Helen
Difficulty Rating: Easy/Beginner
Elevation Gain: 690 Feet

Below: just before the junction of Spruce Creek and Wheeler Trails

Drive south out of Breckenridge on U.S.9. At about 2.4 miles turn right on to Spruce Creek Rd. and proceed for about 1.2 miles to the well marked parking area and trailhead. After about .1 mile after your turn onto Spruce Creek Rd. from route 9, Spruce Creek Rd. makes a sharp left.

Description: Follow the Spruce Creek trail through a lush evergreen forest for about 1.8 miles to the intersection with Wheeler Trail.

This junction is a good place to admire the views on your right as you continue on for about .3 mile to where the Spruce Creek Trail emerges from the forest and crosses the 4WD Spruce Creek Rd. Here you turn right (north- back toward Breckenridge and the trailhead)



and continue hiking the dirt road for about 2 miles back to the parking lot.. This is a great early season hike or a spectacular winter snow shoe adventure. If you hike in the winter, snow may obscure the roadway so stay left at the first junction that appears shortly after you started down. This is where Wheeler trail crosses Spruce Creek Rd.

above: at the junction of Spruce Creek and Wheeler Trails You can see the cut in the forest for Wheeler trail on your right (northeast).  above: view at the junction of Spruce Creek and Wheeler Trails

 If you do take this by mistake it just brings you back to the junction with Spruce Creek Trail about 1.8 miles from the trailhead. You gain a little elevation at this point but after this it is a downhill slog all the way back that serves as a favorite run for many cross country skiers. Be sure to pick up a copy of the Summit, Vail & Holy Cross topo map at Weber's Bookstore in Breckenridge and study this route before starting out.

above: starting back down Spruce Creek Road


right: once past the Wheeler trail crossing it is all downhill on Spruce Creek Road






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