Mayflower Lakes, Spruce Creek Trailhead, Summit County - Eagle County - Clear Creek County, Colorado
Mayflower Lakes - 5.2 miles
Spruce Creek Trailhead
|Round-Trip Length:||5.2 miles|
|Start-End Elevation:||10,390' - 11,365' (11,365' max elevation)|
|Elevation Change:||+975' net elevation gain (+1,080' total roundtrip elevation gain)|
Mayflower Lakes - 5.2 Miles Round-Trip
The Mayflower Lakes are located high above Breckenridge at 11,365' along the Spruce Creek Trail. While there is one main body of water, the name's plurality comes come various tarns - or glacial pools - and small water pockets near the lake's main outlet. The Spruce Creek Trail is open to hiking, fishing, backpacking, mountain biking and winter recreation, but no motorized vehicles are allowed.
The trail heads west over Spruce Creek (.1 miles) and climbs steadily through a mix of lodgepole, aspen and Engelmann spruce for 1.4 miles to the Wheeler Trail junction (1.5 miles : 10,974'), also known as the Wheeler National Recreation Trail. The landscape opens considerably past the split in a large, marshy meadow with impressive views of Mt Helen (13,164'). Look for deer, elk, moose and grouse in this food-rich habitat. Visitors are encouraged to admire the fragile marsh ecosystem from its edge and avoid treading on sensitive vegetation.
The trail skirts the meadow, re-enters the forest and climbs .6 miles to a clearing at an intersection with Spruce Creek Road and two green utility sheds (2.1 miles : 11,151'). It runs into the dam of a small reservoir about 100 yards past the utility sheds and veers right toward signs for Mayflower and Mohawk Lakes. It resumes in a thinning forest past mining and homestead ruins (2.5 miles : 11,331') to the edge of Mayflower Lakes (2.6 miles : 11,365').
Close examination reveals a single body of water flanked by numerous outlying ponds to the east, a collection of disjointed pools rather than a second 'formal' lake. Those wanting a longer, more arduous adventure should consider hiking past Mayflower Lakes to Lower Mohawk Lake (11,861') and Upper Mohawk Lake (12,110').
- N39 26.236 W106 03.035 — 0.0 miles: Spruce Creek Trailhead
- N39 25.974 W106 03.250 — 0.1 miles: Cross Spruce Creek
- N39 25.421 W106 04.057 — 1.5 miles: Wheeler Trail Intersection
- N39 25.295 W106 04.457 — 2.1 miles: Fire Road crossing - Green Sheds
- N39 25.271 W106 04.775 — 2.5 miles: Various mining camp ruins off trail
- N39 25.323 W106 04.832 — 2.6 miles: Mayflower Lake - 11,365'
- The Spruce Creek Trail is well-suited for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The trail is marked with 'tree blazes' (removed square-like pieces of tree bark) and blue diamonds, which aid winter navigation.
- Those with time can continue to Lower Mohawk Lake and Mohawk Lake but should anticipate steeper grades and elevations exceeding 12,000' at Upper Mohawk Lake.
- Gold was discovered at the Mayflower Mine, adjacent to Mayflower Lake in 1887.
- This is a very popular trail due to its ease and proximity to downtown Breckenridge. Arrive early to secure parking and avoid crowds.
Camping and Backpacking Information
- Dispersed backcountry camping is allowed and NO permit is necessary - however, please contact the Dillon Ranger District at 970.468.5400 for weather conditions and closure information prior to planning your trip. They are open M - F from 8am - 4pm.
- Fires are allowed for dispersed camping in the backcountry - during dry seasons, there may be seasonal restrictions - please contact the Dillon Ranger District during your trip planning.
- For those not wishing to camp in the backcountry, there are several developed campgrounds within the White River National Forest. Contact the Dillon Ranger District for information on these sites.
- Fishing is permitted with a Colorado fishing license.
Directions to Trailhead
From the last traffic light on South Main Street in Breckenridge (the Boreas Pass Road / Broken Lance Road intersection), drive south on Highway 9 for about 2.3 miles to Spruce Creek Road (County Road #800). Turn right onto Spruce Creek Road and drive 1.2 miles to the well marked Spruce Creek Trailhead. Park here.
White River National Forest
Dillon Ranger District
680 Blue River Parkway
Silverthorne, CO 80498