I really loved this trail. Beautiful views of the reservoir the whole way up. Enough elevation gain to begin to get your heart pumping, while still being relaxing. Our dogs loved it. Would be a great option for visitors. Trail is west facing so it was still very dry on a sunny day in November, where there was plenty of snow lingering down on Main Street. Highly recommended!
Excellent trail. The book we followed said that the trail is 10.4 mi round trip with 3048 ft of elevation gain. Steepest climb is right at the beginning of the trailhead. Nice lookout spot with a bench 2.4 mi up, easy to hike to. After that, the remaining elevation gain is gradual and steady until you summit. Warning: two false summits! The top is worth it to see the other side. However, the winds were pretty heavy above tree line.
I live in Dillon and look up at this mountain every day....finally got to the peak. Good luck finding the survey marker for the summit! Beautiful views and not a soul on the trail after the "trail ends" sign. Easy hike and rewarding views of Keystone Resort and Lake Dillon.
Some pretty views from up on the Ridge Trail portion of the hike, but not my favorite hike overall. Too much time on a service road and too exposed - both on the Meadow & Ridge Trails. Dogs will bake on this trail in summer unless its done early in the morning.
My dog & I totally enjoyed this trail this morning. Beautiful wildflowers in open areas and a few benches/rocks to take in the view. As other reviewers have said, there's no "wow" at the end. Still a great trail for acclimating and easy enough for all levels. Don't miss the all wood pole teepee mid trail - a novelty for any kids on the hike!
*Directional note to trailhead: From Hwy 6 East, turn LEFT on Dillon Dr at light at top of hill. Then take an immediate right onto CR 51. Parking is just past end of paved road.