Gore Range Trail

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Gore Range Trail is a 45.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until August. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

45.2 miles
10,954 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly






horseback riding

nature trips






wild flowers


The Gore Range Trail is a 45 mile trail with several other trails that branch off.

5 months ago

Many of the views are very beautiful. However, with all of the pine beetle kill, there are hundreds of downed trees that cover portions of the trail, particularly between the trails near the Cataract lakes in the north down to Boulder Lake. There is evidence that the Forest Service has tried to clear the trails by chainsawing out the dead pines that have fallen onto the trail(s), but they can't keep up with the blowdown.

There is plenty of water, and you never walk more than 2 or 3 miles between decent water sources.

6 months ago

Amazing views will deff be back!!

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Did the whole thing in one day as an epic trail run for my 40th birthday.
Actual stats as verified by 2 different gps devices: 44 miles, 12,000 vertical gain if going North to South. North end of the trail is much less traveled and we had just a bit of route finding trouble and more than just a bit of deadfall across the trail. From Boulder Creek on to the south was clear of trees and well marked. Took us 12.5 hrs to do the whole thing.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Only went to Lost Lake which was a great view. Very challenging trail even to just get that far. Turned out to be around 12 miles RT.

Friday, July 07, 2017

The last half of the trail by slate creek through surprise lake is allll deadfall and bushwhacking. The trail was hard to find at time and mileage was hard to reach when climbing over what seemed to be more than 50 dead trees in a day.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Nice views. I only hiked from I-70 parking to Wheeler Lakes and camped for the night. Still a nice hike though!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

11 mile round trip from parking lot top of Gore range view. Magnificent.

Monday, June 27, 2016

will definitely go back to backpack/camp

Friday, July 18, 2014

Great Loop Trail from Eaglesmere, to Gore Trail to Surprise Trail with an overnight stay at Upper Cataract Lake. Had rain and hail but the views were great

Friday, September 23, 2011

Great trip. went in late June, and still some tough parts to pass b/c of snow. This was only when you went on parts of the trail that go up to lakes or something else. The main trail was good and muddy, but easy to follow.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Gore Range Trail was my first backpacking trip. My brother and I took the short drive to Dillon and made a 6 hour trip to Salmon Lake.

The way to Salmon Lake is along the Gore Range Trail. There are a few spots on the way that were breathtaking and we saw three or four people along the way. Once we hit the last mile or so the hike became a little more challenging. You'll know you've reached this point once the trail merges near the rock slide. We arrived at the lake around 5pm. With the exception of the roaming goat, we were the only two up there.

The next morning we woke up to poor weather. It rained in the morning and through the afternoon. We woke up early, ate breakfast next to the fire, took a few photos and started the hour hike to the Willow Lakes.

The Willow Lakes are beautiful. The hike from Salmon to Willow is fairly easy, it was a little more challenging because it was muddy next to the creek due to the amount of rain. There are several spots where we thought we had reached the "big" lake and were fooled. I highly recommend resisting the temptation to stop at one of the lower lakes, the last hundred meters or so are a little more steep but well worth the extra effort.

The top lake amazing. The fish were jumping all day. The group that came up later that day, on horseback, were fly fishing for a few hours and caught several keepers. We spent most of the day relaxing, gathering fire wood, hiding in the tent during the hail storm, and enjoying the scenery.

The next morning we packed everything up and headed back.

Gore Range Trail is huge that has access to many lakes and awesome trails. I guarantee you'll go back!

4 months ago

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Thursday, July 18, 2013