Lily Pad Lake Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel east on Hwy. 82 to Basalt. Turn left into downtown Basalt and follow the Fryingpan River Road about 32 miles to the end of the pavement. Most people like to park here and ride their bikes to make a loop ride, or if you are hiking the trail, you can continue to drive to the beginning of the trail. For a two and a half mile hike, turn right at the end of the pavement and drive to the end of the gravel road. The trail starts from the Fryingpan Lakes trailhead.
The trail was gorgeous after 3-4 feet of fresh snow the week before. The mid-Jan hike was our introduction to Silverthorne and the altitude. The weather was perfect and the views even better for such an accessible little 3.5 mile hike.
Hiked during winter and trail ended due to unpacked snow. Decent hike if looking for something to do in Frisco area although it maybe better when snow is melted.
Great trail for families with little kids. beautiful Lake at the end for a picnic.
I did this trail about 5 years ago. Heavy traffic, the beetle kill in the trees is horrible. I would not let my dog drink out of the lake, although there is a stream or two along the way. Good trail for kids.
Nice 2 hour hike. Beautiful views at top and two lakes, level areas around the lakes to have a picnic lunch.
Nice hike! The view at the top was nice.
Easy to find (put the address in the GPS, you can see the trailhead just ahead of it when you get there), easy hike, very lovely. Great first hike while you're acclimating if you are vacationing from lower elevation.
Nice casual hike. Early October was the perfect time to see the aspens turn color. Not too strenuous and you have the option to continue on to Meadow Creek trail.
Easy and short trail, dogs allowed. Beautiful hike to see the Aspens. There are actually two lakes right by each other!