This hole is for folks with hiking legs who have had several days to adjust to the altitude. The swim and views are worth the effort.
There are two parking areas – the first is a 3.4 mile hike to Mohawk Lake – the second parking area requires a high-clearance vehicle and is 1-1.5 miles from Lower Mohawk Lake.
The options for swimming include any of three crystal clear mountain lakes – usually VERY cold (it is recommended to only swim in the summer and be prepared for a quick dip!).Lie on a warm boulder nearby afterwards and bring warm clothes and a towel.
The trail to the lakes offers amazing vistas overlooking Breckenridge, abandoned log mining cabins and ore cares, as well as waterfalls.
Swimming Hole Location
- 39.421375, -106.0751
- 39.4020639, -106.07160629999998
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- Special Directions:
- Go south from Breckenridge on US Hwy 9 about 2.5 miles to Spruce Creek Rd. (CR 800), on the west side of Hwy 9, near the lake called Goose Pasture Tarn). Turn right (west) and stay on the main road about 1.2 miles to the Spruce Creek Trail parking area and trailhead. No facilities.
The first trailhead is accessible by car. From there, it's 3.4 miles to Mohawk Lakes. To reach the closer trailhead continue on this road, but you will need a high clearance vehicle. Four wheel drive isn't usually necessary, but in places it is rough and rocky, with large rocks to negotiate. From the closer trailhead, Lower Mohawk Lake is 1 mile and Upper Mohawk is 1.5 miles.