Kettle Ponds is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
An uncrowded hike that follows an old mining road that travels on the Gore Range Trail, climbing a lateral moraine left by two glaciers. The trail crosses a few boggy areas then climbs to an unnamed lake. This area is very popular during hunting season.
The final 1.6 miles on FR 1350 to reach this trailhead is narrow and extremely bumpy. 4WD is not necessary, but it's slow-going and unpleasant without it. The trail is itself is quite lovely and peaceful with more green forest than many trails in the area. The creek crossings are fun - a couple of which are actually on sturdy bridges. The views of the craggy ridges of the Gore Range rising above the lake at the end of the trail make for a nice ending.