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hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views at the summit. We were warned about a few false summits, there were three. I usually don’t take my dog on this long of a hike. We did see a couple of dogs along the way. I would definitely recommend this hike.

Very quite, would probably be more enjoyable to the eyes in spring. No one on trail after beginning and decent amount of snow, afternoon of 10/26, especially after junction with the GRT. Didn’t make it to the top of the pass but attempted it, decided to turn around after snow got deep and the sun had settled over the mountains. An eerie area

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is one of my favorites. The beginning of the trail is lined with many dead trees. But, the ground cover and aspens are gorgeous in the fall! There is about a mile of steep incline. Otherwise the trail is fairly moderate. The last lake is about a mile from the first lake, but it is definitely worth the time and steps!

Breck trailhead just past peak 7 base. Easy hike with little elevation through beautiful forests

backpacking
2 months ago

No overnight parking at the trailhead. There are signs posted at the parking area, and Silverthorne police does patrol and enforce.

Wonderful hike.
We stayed the night at the very furthest lake.
We are missing our tent poles though.. if anyone has found them on the trail please contact me my email is shea.marie1432@yahoo.com

road biking
2 months ago

Great ride with beautiful views! Went clockwise on trail which has you coming down the long hill on highway instead of going up. Free parking at Marina or a trailhead behind Holiday Inn.

Hiked nearly to the lake, had to turn around due to time. The last portion of hike (past the tree with grave marker/cant miss it) is mostly uphill. Lots to see on this hike, variety of terrain, plenty of shade, beautiful views.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great, beautiful fall adventure but hiker beware much closer to 13 miles than 9.

The map is only accurate for the first few miles.
After that there are several switch backs over the steep incline to the summit of Ptarmigan Peak.
We made it to the top in 4 hours, 15 minutes with stops and a lunch break on the way up.
The down route took over 2.5 hours.

The difficult part was there wasn’t much space for active recovery. Constant incline, like the elevation map suggests, but I disagree with the reviews that say that “after the first 2 miles it’s easy”.
Excellent trail condition, bring lotssss of water for yourself and doggies!! Be sure to look around and enjoy the views!

A very beautiful trail not too steep but pretty long. I turned around because I thought I was hiking Mount Royal.

2 months ago

Don’t be put off by the start of the trailhead at Peak 7 saying 10.0miles. We assumed that included the first 2.0 miles from central Breckenridge-not Peak 7. In fact most of the mileage boards were confusing. Some referenced 10.0miles and some referenced the more accurate 8.0miles (almost 9 Miles to Frisco Main Street)
Mostly wooded walk with very little up and down until you reach about 1.5 Miles from Frisco when it is a gently downhill to the Rainbow Lake.
Good walk at 10,000’ with only a few views but the whole walk was beautiful. Worth doing at any time of year.

3 months ago

There’s a couple different ways to reach Ptarmigan Peak. We started in the neighborhood off of i70, parking off of Ptarmigan Trail road.

This trail splits underneath the power lines - you can turn left, right, or go straight. Don’t turn left. Turning right takes you (steeply) up the ridge to the saddle. We went straight, which is still a steady climb, but it takes you to the overlook with the bench. The bench is 2.5 miles from the TH and the summit is about 3.5 miles from the bench - RT total of 12 miles if you choose this route.

Ptarmigan Peak is really just a mound off to the right of the trail with a pile of rocks denoting the high point. Great views up there though!

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked Breckenridge to Frisco today - beautiful sunny day, started out 9:30 a.m. or so. Staying in Frisco so took the bus to Breckenridge, and the gondola up. Had trouble staying on trail at first - ended up on a road twice. Lots of large groups at first near Peak 7 lodges. Very forested for the first couple miles. Then came the mountain bikers, lots of them. All were super courteous but after a while I started to worry about corners and blind spots. I used poles for some of the time but I didn't see many other hikers with them. Sun became brutal for the last couple miles. All in all, I took my time and enjoyed myself. As a hiker I felt outnumbered by bikers.

Beautiful hike!! The first time I summited it, there was still snow on the ground! Needless to say, lots of post-holing happened, and the snow shoe path we followed was vaguely on the path.

Today was a beautiful blue-jay September day, and I decided to go for a stroll after work. I’m so glad I did! Pretty standard hike, but it’s gorgeous when dry and not covered in snow too! Saw 3 people on their bikes, and only 4 other hikers during the entire 12 mile trail. I started at 12:30pm, and was back to the trailhead (the Ptarmigan Trailhead, NOT Anglers) at 5:45. So, it took about 5 hrs and 15 minutes round trip. I stopped a LOT, but kept an average pace of about 2.5 mph throughout. Sometimes faster, sometimes slower. It’s a very easy hike, but there are 2-3 false summits. So, be aware of that going in!

We only went 1.5 miles in. At 1.2 miles there is a beautiful river gorge overlook. The scenery varied from rocky to forest to rushing water to meadows. You can have a great hike without going very far.

Great mellow hike. We hung out by the falls for about an hour. Suuper chill.

Great trail of varying difficulty. Terrain varies. Only did 2 miles in but will go back to do the rest.

I would rate this Moderate Plus. Several tricky spots for younger kids and older folks.

well maintained, lovely, pretty mellow -- kids may need to walk parts

The first mile was OK but after that it is just cut down dead trees and not very pretty. We turned around after two miles in...kind of a disappointing hike. Maybe further in it gets better but not from what we could see.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing 360 views from this summit! Thanks to the old beetle kill, there is very limited shade the entire route. Pack plenty of water, especially for your dogs.

Fun hike in August, beautiful flowers.

Not bad just some forest burnout. Dry in August.

The views down by the lakes were incredible. The beginning of the hike is not as scenic, but was worth the wait.

This was such a fun and gorgeous trail. We will definitely look forward to coming back.

4 months ago

We had a great time, the weather was good. It was incline most of the way, but very gradual, so it made for a great workout. The lake was lovely and serene, and the return was easily managed. Definitely recommend this trail.

It was a beautiful day for a great hike through the aspens and the lodgepole pine forest. We did not make it to the falls because they were working on building a new bridge. It was not a challenging hike but was a well marked path. To get to this trail head you take Royal Buffalo up to a Y in the road and stay right. You will be on a gravel road. At the top you take a right and it will take you to the trailhead at the end.

hiking
4 months ago

What an amazing trail. We followed a river the whole time... my dog had a blast. No bikers, very few people - the falls at the top: beautiful

Just awful.
1. TH starts in residential area
2. No views until 5 miles in..
3. Until you’re 5 miles in, you’re walking over debris and dead trees..
4. Steady incline with no promise of a view at the top took the fun out of it

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