Ptarmigan Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail is not 4.0 miles to the top and back. It is actually 12.4 miles round trip. We enjoyed the hike, but it was a long hike. Beautiful views of the entire Lake Dillon valley. One of the best views in the county.
I went a couple of weekends ago. Great fall hike with awesome views of Lake Dillon and the Aspen trees. We did the whole loop, about 7 miles. You can stop at an overlook and the hike is less than half of that!
Wow. What a fun and enjoyable hike. It took us about 2 1/2 hours up to the bench and back. Great views of Lake Dillon in the town of Silverthorne.
One of the most scenic fall hikes in Summit County!
According to the tracker it's .8 miles up until you level off to a moderate climb. Which makes sense because the sign says 3.2 miles to the end of trail. If the incline was in NYS no one would give it a second thought
We did this after being in Colorado 5 days -so somewhat adjusted to altitude but not fully. We loved the hike. The beginning is out in the open -sunblock is a good idea. Then the slope becomes much more gentle and rambles through aspen and mixed aspen and pine forests. There are stunning views throughout. Per my phone it was 3 miles to the bench-you cross a creek then go up a steep final slope then you are at the bench with beautiful views -great for a picnic lunch.