Meadow Creek Trail to Lily Pad Lake

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Eagles Nest Wilderness

Meadow Creek Trail to Lily Pad Lake is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Frisco, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers 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: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 770 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Lily Pad Lake is a popular destination reachable from two different trailheads. This hike starts on Meadow Creek Trail near Frisco, which provides diverse scenery and wildflowers. Buffalo Mountain towers above the lake. Great views of Frisco can be seen along the trail. Water is sparse along the trail. Hunters may use this area during the hunting season. The trail is neither marked nor maintained for winter use, but many locals use the trails during winter for walking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

hiking
muddy
30 minutes ago

Great quick hike to Lilly Pad Lake. A few other individuals at the lake but all distanced. Nice views towards the top.

This was my first solo hike. I loved it! Not crowded at all, beautiful throughout, and very quiet. Kinda steep on the way up but not too challenging. It was muddy, as expected because it snowed in the mountains yesterday (hiked on 525/20), but not too bad. Nice mix of sun and shade.

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muddy
snow
19 days ago

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icy
muddy
snow
25 days ago

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icy
snow
2 months ago

Good conditions packed ice, need spikes. No snowshoes requires.

hiking
2 months ago

My brother and I hiked this path a few years ago in July and encountered a bear, other than that it was super nice! It was our first time up in Colorado, being from Ohio, and it was probably our fault we were ending the hike closer to dusk. Be aware!

hiking
2 months ago

Great little winter hike!! We had no problems with spikes and poles.

hiking
2 months ago

Really good and easy. No snow shoes. Had a nice little workout going up

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Did this part by continuing on the Lily Pad Lake Trail past the lake. There was one car in the lot, and I didn't see anyone while on this part of the trail. I used snowshoes, but it is well-packed and they aren't necessary. This approach to the lake has more traffic noise and a bigger climb, but the views were better in my opinion.

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icy
snow
3 months ago

Great for snow shoeing

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snow
3 months ago

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snow
3 months ago

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snow
4 months ago

It’s a good trail in our book when you barely run into anyone! Perfect powder conditions for snowshoeing if you cared to go off the trail a bit. We took the Meadow Creek trail at the fork but turned around about half a mile in at a sketchy log bridge. Great workout!

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Great little trail. Has bits of solid incline mixed with level trail in between. Trail is solid snow pack. Spikes recommended for downhill but snowshoes were not necessary.

hiking
5 months ago

It was the perfect quick, challenging hike this morning. We wore spikes and the tail was well packed.

5 months ago

Really pretty and the lake at the end is a great place to hang. After the initial climb you can't hear traffic or the road anymore which is nice for a trail that's so accessible.

We’ve hiked this trail at least a dozen times but never in the snow until today. Bring layers. Wear Yax. It was beautiful, but we should have started before 2 pm since we lost the sun behind the mountain and got cold.

hiking
snow
6 months ago

Beautiful Fresh snow

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icy
muddy
rocky
snow
6 months ago

recorded Lily Pad Lake Trail

hiking
7 months ago

Good easy hike on the way to or from mountains.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a great short hike with amazing views of lake Dillon. Right now, the lake is more like a mud pond. If you go in the spring and summer there are beautiful lily pads and the mountains surrounding the lake a stunning with snow patches.

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