Mohawk Lakes are a collection of alpine lakes south of Breckenridge, notable for ease of access and the fact that much of their water is pumped under the Continental Divide all the way to Colorado Springs 100 miles away. Colorado Springs Utilities infrastructure is evident along the trail, a testament to the thirst of Front Range cities for Western Slope water. The hike itself follows the Spruce Creek Trail moderately for 2.5 miles, reaching a junction in a pretty meadow surrounding one of the Mayflower Lakes. The trail gets steeper as it climbs into the basin of Lower Mohawk Lake, past a waterfall. This small lake is surrounded on three sides by stark rock cliffs. Hikers can continue another half-mile to the upper lake at 12,129 feet, where you’ll find wildflowers and rocks but no shelter. Return the way you came.
Recommended season(s): Summer to early fall.
–R. Scott Rappold