Kettle Ponds

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Kettle Ponds is a 6.4 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.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,138 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

lake

views

wildlife

blowdown

snow

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.

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2 months ago

If you enjoy hiking in the forests of Appalachia, you will feel at home on this hike! It does not get above treeline so don't be disappointed when there are no sweeping views at the end. Many dead and downed trees that were somewhat depressing, lack of other hikers, and lots of creepy forest sounds made this hike feel like the old abandoned amusement park of hikes. The lake is pretty but filled with grass and lily pads, and there is a nice view of mountains when you get off the trail and stand by the lake. There is also an epic picture spot on a log bridge that crosses the stream (near the beginning) and has a postcard worthy vista behind it. We ventured beyond the lake for a bit but there was not much to see. One thing about this hike that was troubling is that never once did we see a sign that mentioned Kettle Pond; the AllTrails app showed we were on the correct trail but all signs said Gore Range. Check out this hike if you like to be in the woods and breathe in that rich forest air!

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3 months ago

Somewhat crowded parking lot, lots of beetle kill trees, but beautiful views and plenty of water throughout for the dogs. Lily pads in the lake.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike with gorgeous views once you get to the “pond”! Pretty easy going with some elevation gain at times that gets your heart pumping. No snow- very little mud. Went on a Monday morning and was the only one on the trail. Lots of fallen trees along the way that cause you to use some agility. The trail starts at the N. Rock Creek trail head and once you get to the sign for Gore Range Trail go left (wish I had this info before hand) It’s a good one! Enjoy!

hiking
4 months ago

Super beautiful views of the mountains! We also did the boulder lake hike as well! The trail was kind of muddy once we got past the mining shaft so we turned around. Not sure where the unnamed lake is.

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Monday, September 05, 2016

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.

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