Lily Pad Lake Trail

EASY 530 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
396 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

7 minutes ago

Hiked this trail as a kid with my family and now as an adult it is still a favorite. Such a great combination of tree cover and open space with a couple little water crossings. You can make it more difficult by picking up your pace but it’s great for all levels.

hiking
12 hours ago

Always a family favorite. Great for little ones. Saw a big bull moose about 20 feet from us. Amazing!

1 day ago

It says easy, but it was a little tougher than easy. The beginning heads straight up, makes you wonder early, stick to it and keep going. Nice view of Dillon Lake near the beginning. pretty Ricky in places and tree roots along the way make it more difficult. If you are a novice pretty tiring. The lake is very pretty with nice mountain views. The trek back in was easier.

hiking
1 day ago

Not "EASY" unless you're acclimated! Still very beautiful, but I feel this is mislabelled in the AllTrails

hiking
6 days ago

Decent trail. Hiked it again after previously hiking it about 6 years ago. Lots of dead trees around the trail which had hardened the beauty of the trail, but still a decent hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Fantastic hike and very doable for kids. We had ages 3-13 with us and all had a great time. I do think it’s important people know this isn’t an easy, flat walk through the woods- it does have some pretty good hills throughout.
We are also up from the front range and are acclimated to the elevation. If you are visiting from somewhere lower this could be a bit tougher for you, although if you’re in pretty good shape I still think very doable

hiking
11 days ago

We are 60 and in good shape. We thought the difficulty level was easy to moderate. We were not 100% acclimatized, being flatlanders and been here 3 days. Rocky trail. Great view of Dillon Lake near start. Then forest. There is a lily covered pond at the end. That is not the lake. About 100 feet north of the pond is the lake, but if you don’t walk there you may miss it. I think some people actually missed the lake because they thought the lily covered pond was the lake.

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike. Due to slight inclines, rocks and roots in the trail I'd rate this more moderate than easy. However it was a very enjoyable hike and the lily pond and lake at the end were beautiful. A nice place to rest before heading back.

12 days ago

We took our three kids (ages 6, 6 and 5) and really loved it. A bit rocky and definitely some incline but worth it. We saw elk, grouse, chipmunks and ducks! The reflection on the lake was beautiful too!

14 days ago

Our 4 yr old did fabulous! Beautiful hike for the family or an individual.

14 days ago

For a fat flatlander this was a little north of easy, lol! The trails are rocky and rooty in spots but not too difficult to traverse. There are a few log stream crossings and another larger lake after the lily pad pond that we didn't expect, very picturesque. Note it's a bit buggy so wear good bug spray and there's a few brazen, obviously well fed chipmunks that will go after your pack for food.

hiking
14 days ago

very nice trail. A bit rocky at times but very manageable.

15 days ago

Beautiful trail and saw a Moose and her baby! A few steep climbs and a few spots were pretty rocky. However there was beautiful streams/cricks along the way and the Lily pad pond was so neat and across he way was a beautiful lake. The lily pad pond is where we saw the Moose! Easy trail, especially coming back down, a few tough inclines on the way up. Very fun and beautiful!

backpacking
15 days ago

Beautiful hike and a great one for families and dogs too!

backpacking
15 days ago

This hike is considered easy but I would say in between easy and moderate. The hike starts by walking an incline (looks like a driveway) but it’s short and the hardest part of the trail. It was good trail that is shaded most of it. And has she some handmade bridges and rocky areas. At the end is 2 ponds. First one was small with tons of lily pads and just a few yards open little larger pond to sit around for a rest. We got on the trail around 830am which was quiet and found parking. There is a small parking lot on the roads about 15 spots. People had parked on the road but there were signs saying they would tow if you parked there. Took us about 2 hours but we were leisurely walking.

16 days ago

Was hiking with the family and we spotted a moose! Easy hike, a few rather steep hills.

hiking
20 days ago

this was a nice, easy morning trail - heavily trafficked with folks/dogs; as someone who took their dog with them it was great for them too

hiking
20 days ago

This was a great family hike! The trail was a little long for our 4-year old at times, but had lots of beautiful things to see along the way (bridges, flowers, streams, etc.) that kept our 7-year old interested. The payoff at the end was well worth the work to get there! There are lots of chipmunks near the lake also. We'll definitely do it again.

hiking
22 days ago

Great little trail with varying scenery and a good mixture to keep a 4 year old interested and committed enough to finish.

hiking
23 days ago

Easy hike. If you want to be in the wilderness and enjoy nature, this is way too crowded to do so. To me it was way too annoying to pass a group of people every 100 yards or so. Take a walk in cental park.....just as many people.

25 days ago

Beautiful hike with excellent payoff of picturesque lake. My non-hiking husband loved it also!

25 days ago

Not what I would have expected. My family and I aren’t expert hikers and from Texas, but have hiked several areas in Colorado over the last few years. I have to say that this trail is probably one of the most beautiful unexpected trails we have ever hiked. It is a good hike and will make those legs burn, but it’s well worth it. Bring some snacks or lunch and enjoy the end of the trail.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful trail! Well marked and maintained-even heard a moose! Might suggest bug spray - mosquitos get a bit thick.

26 days ago

Nice easy hike. Lots of people at the pond

hiking
29 days ago

Trailhead is very easy to find. Not a difficult trail by any means, but very nice and wooded. Went on an overcast afternoon and didn’t see too many people. The lake was so full of lily pads and flowers since we went in July. It was beautiful! Even some ducks at the larger lake. The chipmunks at the lake come right up to you and follow you around expecting food. Even though they’re cute, please don’t feed wildlife!

hiking
29 days ago

Good acclimation hike. Some spots worth stopping to take pics as you can see more mountains and aren’t completely surrounded by trees. Some cool stream spots too. Easy to find the trailhead and parking. I’ve hiked this a few times and it’s generally got a fair amount of people on the trail at all times.

hiking
1 month ago

Great family hike. Nice easy terrain with only a little change in elevation. My kids made it without much issue, ages 4, 7, and 9, although 4 yo ride in on my back much of the way. Nice pond and lake at the end to reward your efforts. Lots of beautiful wild flowers still in bloom on July 12, and lily pads were still in bloom. Lots of other people along the trail (families w young kids, elderly, dogs on leashes, trail runners), so if you want seclusion, this isn’t your hike. Totally recommend it for a nice leisurely hike, especially with younger kids.

1 month ago

Great easy trail with nice water features close to silverthorne. There are still spring flowers on trail. Suggest walking past Lilly pad pond a little. There’s a great vista of Frisco and Lake Dillon.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail and scenery and pretty lake at the end! Be sure to bring bug spray, though! Lots and lots of mosquitos along the way!

walking
1 month ago

Pretty awesome. Met a Moose and her little calf about 15 feet in front of us on the path today. We were both calm and they just moved on to graze. Trail was very clean. Trail had lots of trip hazards and a lot of opportunity for improvement. There were way too many dogs, many hikers had multiple big dogs and a number of them ignored the lease law.

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