Looking for fun things to do in Colorado with kids or just for yourself? Get off the couch and take a hike up Peak 8 in Breckenridge Colorado.
Over Labor Day weekend we took a little walk up Peak 8 to the 13,000 foot summit. It was a pretty easy hike as hikes go in in Colorado but it was fun and worth the effort. The views were amazing and we were very lucky there was no cloud cover and the skies were clear. It may not show on the video below but we could see forever.
So here’s how we did it. My family and a few friends were staying at One Ski Hill Place in Breck. I highly recommend this as your base camp in Breck. We took the scenic lift up to about mid-mountain and took off up the ridge line to the warming hut or ski patrol house that you can easily see from down in town. The climb from the lift to the house was quite steep and the road/trail up there is mostly loose gravel and dirt so traction can be an issue. I found it to be more difficult coming down than going up.
Once you reach the mountain house there is a small trail leading up to the top of the Imperial chair lift. This is the last little stop until you reach the summit at ~ 13,000 feet. The trail from the top of the chair lift to the summit is rocky, loose and a little steep in spots. This was the most difficult section to descend once you have reached the summit. You want to be careful not to twist and ankle.
Overall I would rate it very accessible and a great afternoon hike that will give you great views of the surrounding mountains.