After climbing Quandary the day before, we spent July Fourth doing a fun hike.
Now, with all the snow melt (Arapahoe Basin ski area was still open for skiing!), the river running through Breckenridge is rather high right now.
So, we thought a hike to Continental Falls and then to Mohawk Lake would be a good idea. Turns out, this is now my favorite Colorado hike of all.
We started early (again, important to beat the crowds on these), but not as early as our Quandary hike – 8:30 a.m. The trail is called Spruce Creek trail and it leads to both Continental Falls and Mohawk Lake. It’s about 7 miles round trip.
It starts with a nice comfortable hike through woods that look like the ones you think of from fairy tales. There were rough bridges over rushing waters:
… and beaver ponds reflecting the surrounding peaks:
… and all-natural driftwood sculptures:
Then, we ran into an old mining camp and wow, what a blast from the past. Look at the construction of this cabin!
This one had been lovingly restored by some locals:
Just look at the view this miner enjoyed!
We climbed a little further – following the sound of rushing water to see Continental Falls.
We kept climbing and I found this awesome rock to sit on next to the falls where I could see the mountain ridge in the background.
Is that breathtaking or what? I soaked it all in.
We kept climbing up the rocks next to the falls – now getting closer to the top of the falls.
After we reached the top, we turned and snapped photos of the valley through which we’d come.
After the top, we worked our way across a snow field and up a bit more to Mohawk Lake.
Where we saw more remnants of the mining work.
Folks, this has to be one of the most gorgeous places on earth – truly!
… and to round out our hike, some lovely alpine flowers.