I really like unique hikes and this has to be one of the most unique hikes of all, because of what you find at the end, which in this case is a large troll. However, this is not a hike in the truest sense of the word being that it is so short and very much in the center of town. The troll, named Isak Heartstone, can be reached via the Trollstigen Trail in the town of Breckenridge, Colorado. The troll was designed by Thomas Dambo, a Copenhagen based artist who specializes in reduce-reuse-recycle (the troll is a combination of all three ‘R’s’.)
The trail is very short and flat, about 1/2 mile round trip so it is perfect for families with kids. Even without kids, a hike on the Trollstigen Trail is so different because of the wooden art troll at the turnaround. The troll stands at about 15’ tall and does not seem out of place at all. Breckenridge is one of many places around the world that can boast having one of these fairytale pieces of art.
The trailhead can be accessed from the center of town near the ice rink. We walked there from the town center, just to add a few more steps since the hike itself is so short but you can also take a shuttle to the trailhead.
For more information on the other trolls Thomas has built around the world look him up on social media to learn more about his projects and the vision he has to make the world a better place through art and recycling.