From the south end of Breckenridge, drive 2 miles south on Colorado 9. Turn right on Spruce Creek Road. There is a sign here that says "The Crown". Stay right up a small hill and then left at an intersection. There are several side roads in this area. Stay on the main road and drive 1.2 miles (from Highway 9) to the Spruce Creek trailhead at 10,400’. There is a large parking area here.
If you parked at the lower trailhead, begin your hike up the road. Pass the road to Crystal Creek soon after you leave the trailhead. Pass the Aqueduct road near Mt. Helen after 1 mile on the road. Lose a little elevation and then follow the remaining road all the way to the end near some Aqueduct structures.
From the end of the road, take the well marked trail into the forest. After a short distance, you will encounter multiple trails in this busy area. Follow signs for Continental Falls or Upper Mohawk Lakes. Stay left at most trail junctions. Pass some old mine buildings. Turn left near a lake and follow the trail through bushes before climbing a steep hill left of the falls. At the top of this hill, go around an old mine tramway that was used near the falls. Continue past Lower Mohawk Lake where the trail turns left. Hike south toward a slope that leads up to Mohawk Lake - Photo #1. Follow the solid trail up to the edge of Mohawk Lake. Turn right (north), cross the stream running out of the lake, and follow the thin trail over some rock outcroppings. Descend past a small lake and into the large basin between Pacific, Father Dyer, and Crystal Peak. Follow the disappearing trail for nearly 0.75 miles to a large lake near 12,400’. The lake is marked as 12,391’ on most USGS maps. As you hike west through the basin, Pacific is in plain view - Photo #2. Cross the stream outlet from the unnamed lake. Turn left and locate a large gully (Photo #3) that climbs southwest to the left of Pacific. If you go to the last lake in the basin, you’ve gone too far. You must turn left between the two lakes to reach the correct gully.
Photo #4 is the view of the gully after passing the lake. Put on a helmet and begin climbing the crux of the route. Without snow, this slope is very loose. With snow, crampons and axe are strongly recommended. Near the top, angle right but stay to the left of some rock outcroppings - Photo #5. When the angle eases, continue right to reach 13,400’ at the top of the slope. The final summit pitch is in full view to the northwest - Photo #6. Cross easy terrain to reach the base of the East Ridge. Gain the ridge and begin your climb west toward the summit. Stay on or left of the ridge crest. There is severe exposure to the north. Climb 450’ on somewhat loose rock to reach the summit - Photo #7 and Photo #8. Photo #9 was taken on top. Photo #10 shows Pacific Tarn (13,435’) seen from the East Ridge.
Shortcut: If you are hiking the entire Spruce Creek road from the lower trailhead, here is a more direct route to Mayflower Lakes: After the intersection for the Aqueduct road, the Spruce Creek road goes up a small hill. At the top of the hill, there is a Jeep road that starts on the right. Take the Jeep road for 1/2 mile until it ends below Mayflower Lakes. From the end of the road, follow a trail past Mayflower Lakes and over to the main Mohawk Lake trail. Turn right on the main trail and follow the route description above. This shortcut is shown in yellow on the topo map.
The trail is good to Mohawk Lake. There is a faint trail across some of the basin above Mohawk Lake, but it doesn’t last long.