Troll Hunt – Breckenridge

Isak Heartstone was banished from Breckenridge in late 2018, but he’s been reincarnated in 2019 among an enchanting forest.

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Trollstigen Trailhead

Stats: Trollstigen Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Type: Loop
Distance: 0.5 miles
Elevation Gain: none


Breckenridge has always held a special place in my heart. I learned to snowboard here in 2017 and have created so many wonderful memories with Bryce of bar-hopping in town, camping, the snow sculpture festival, Oktoberfest and a plethora of other memories. Isak Heartstone belongs here: He’s friendly, a protector and promotes what a creative, enchanting town Breckenridge is.

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Danish artist, Thomas Dambo, was first commissioned in fall of 2018 by Breckenridge Creative Arts to build a wooden sculpture for the town’s art festival. To cut the story short, because of injuries sustained on the icy trail and heavy tourist traffic on the previous trail just a stones throw away from residences, Isak was dismantled unexpectedly one afternoon.

By June of 2019, a committee had built a new trail – Trollstigen Trail – designated just for Isak behind the ice arena on the south end of Breckenridge. The trail is a one-way loop that leads back to Isak’s quiet sector. There, he sits with an armed wrapped around a pine tree and he looks down at the small humans that wander near him.

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The town has grown a love and appreciation for this 15-foot-tall wooden troll, made from recycled beetle-infested wood. I know each visit I make to Breckenridge, I’ll have to take the half-hour to go visit my old friend.

Getting There:

Where: The trailhead is located at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena – 189 Boreas Pass Road.
Parking: There is no parking at the trailhead in the ice arena parking lot. Visitors have to park in town and walk to the trailhead. The Visitor Center at 203 South Main Street allows public parking and troll hunters can make the 15-minute walk or 5-minute bike ride to the trailhead. For information to ride the shuttle, click here.


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Know Before You Go:

  • There is no parking at the trailhead. For parking and shuttle information, click here.
  • Dogs are allowed but must be kept on leash.
  • Take a camera!
  • Do not climb on Isak.

I produced another story on Isak Heartstone that is featured in Springs Magazine.

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