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, pass an old mine tramway near the falls and 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, cross the stream running out of the lake and follow a 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 faint trail for nearly 0.75 miles to an unnamed lake near 12,400. 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 left of Pacific. If you go to the last lake in the basin, youve 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 gully, which is the crux of the route. Without snow, this slope is 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. The final summit pitch is in full view to the northwest - Photo #6. Cross easy terrain to reach the base of the east and continue west toward the summit by staying on or left of the ridge crest. There is big 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) from the 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, locate a Jeep road on the road and take it for 1/2 mile until it ends below Mayflower Lakes. Then, follow a trail past Mayflower Lakes and over to the main Mohawk Lake trail. This shortcut is shown in yellow on the topo map.