Oct 3, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Mohawk Lakes - a beautiful Moderate-Strenuous 6+ mile roundtrip hike to Lower Mohawk Lake (11,861') and Upper Mohawk Lake (12,110') located just .4 miles apart along the south flank of Mt Helen.
We'll drive up Spruce Creek Road and start the hike at the Mayflower and Mohawk Lakes trail sign. The trail crosses Mayflower Lakes' outlet and begins a challenging half-mile, 500' climb through treeline into the tundra. Lingering snow and summer overgrowth may obscure portions of the trail, which intuitively favors the south side of Lower Mohawk's outlet. Look for cairns as you rise through open tundra with useful perspective on surrounding mountain ranges and the route you've taken to this point.
The trail levels beside Lower Mohawk Lake (3.1 miles : 11,861'), from which the alpine shelf housing Upper Mohawk Lake is clearly visible. Maneuver about the south shore of Lower Mohawk Lake and head directly southeast to reach Upper Mohawk Lake. Let's be sure to check out the waterfall too!
Though our final destination is now in sight, the exact path we'll take to reach it may not be. It's tundra walking, so let's plan to wander past Upper Mohawk Lake and explore the various lakes and check out Continental Falls too!
Directions to the Trailhead: From the last traffic light on the junction of Ski Hill Road and South Main Street in Breckenridge, drive south on Highway 9 for about 2.3 miles to Spruce Creek Road (County Road #800). This is also the entrance to a housing development. Turn right onto Spruce Creek Road and drive 1.2 miles to the well marked Spruce Creek Trailhead.
Bring lots of snacks and a lunch and drink to enjoy at the lakes. We won't be stopping for lunch anywhere since it's a long drive and will take most of the day.
Carpooling: Meet at 7am at Wooly Mammoth Parking Lot, Section CC (across from the Conoco Station) where we'll form some carpools. Wooly Mammoth is located on I-70 west at the Morrison Exit 259.
See you there!
Important Note: This is a participate at your own risk event!
Life is risky. I am not a professional guide. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety.