Looking for a hike that combines nature and art? Then you should head to Breckenridge for a unique art installation that has been set up permanently in Breckenridge, located in the White River National Forest.
The troll, named Isak Hearstone, was originally built for the Breckenridge International Arts Festival by artist and recycling activist, Thomas Dambo, in 2017, but was so popular that he became a permanent part of the area. Trollstigen Trail, newly constructed, is located next to Illinois Gulch Trailhead, and the quietest times to go, where you can possibly view the troll alone, are in the morning (before 10am) and around early evening (5pm).
The trail to visit him is fairly straightforward and easy, but remember that there is no parking on the premises. For how to get to Isak Heartstone, start at the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 S. Main St.). Walking takes 15 minutes while bike or bus takes 5 minutes. The bus, the “Break Free Ride,” leaves from Breckenridge Station if you want a leisurely route.
If you decide to take the walk, head south on Main Street towards Peak 9. Take a left at the light on Boreas Pass Road and continue a quarter of a mile toward the Stephen C. West Ice Arena on your right, passing the Railroad Park on your right. The Trollstigen Trailhead is in the southeast corner by the Illinois Gulch trailhead, and you just need to follow the troll foot prints. Visit responsibly by leaving no trace, keep your dog on a leash, and respect the quiet of the neighbors, and you can enjoy Isak Heartstone in all his 15-foot glory.