Meadow Creek Trail to Lily Pad Lake

MODERATE 96 reviews
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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.

3 days ago

We meant to do the easy Lily Pad Lake Trail but went to the wrong trailhead. It turned out to be an absolutely beautiful hike. Kids rated it 6, 7 & 8 out of 10! It wasn’t too crowded and we didn’t deal with many bugs. Would totally suggest this if you’re up for the climb there.

horseback riding
5 days ago

do not ride this trail! Frisco to Silverthorne... with all the down timber, this is a nice ride with actual standing trees and Aspen. we had five horses and the second across the bridge fell through. bushwacked three more across... below the bridge... tough, tough crossing. we decided to go into silverthorne... two more Bridges completely rotted out.

new timber are stacked up after the bridges so completely recommended this AFTER the bridges are repaired

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike with beautiful views, the river, waterfalls, Aspen groves and even moose! The hike is uphill all the way with only a few areas it flattens out. Its rocky but shady with many spots to stop, take a rest and take pictures too. The lake at the top is very pretty. Make sure to keep going on the trail to the right past the lake and that's where Lily Pad Lake is located. The lakes are worth the hike! We saw 2 moose, but we also started on the trail earlier in the morning. We had to stop the first time because it was on the trail. So very cool to see them that close! Always keep your dogs on a leash.

hiking
26 days ago

Really nice hike for our first day in Frisco. Uphill at the beginning but lots of great places to stop, take in views, and catch your breath (we're flatlanders so it takes a bit to adjust to altitude). First lake is bigger and pretty but the second smaller lake has better blooms across it. Lots of wildflowers in bloom on the way too. Wasn't too busy on a weekday morning.

hiking
1 month ago

Very peaceful walk through the woods if you hike a lot. A little uphill at places but never lasting for too long. We took the shorter pass to lily pad lake and took us 2 hours total walking at a leisurely pace. We saw a deer and some ducks but surprisingly not a lot of wildlife this time around. The scenery this time of the year is fantastic- all the flowers are in full bloom. So peaceful and enjoyable. If you’re looking for a shorter yet moderate hike to a destination lake, this is a great trail!

1 month ago

Did this hike yesterday! If you hike a lot it’s a super easy stroll! But the flowers right now are amazing and lily pad lake is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. This lake is smaller and on the right not the left! But is so beautiful and def worth the easy shorter hike day!

1 month ago

Nice hike. Majority of trail is uphill to get up to the lake. There are breaks though. Don't miss the lily pond just a few feet past the lake. This would be a good hike in Fall as there are Aspens sprinkled throughout. Good hike with my 10 year-old.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail to Lilly pad lake. Great views along the way including a view of lake Dillon.

hiking
1 month ago

This was the perfect hike for a leisurely morning post-camping. Mosquitoes here are pretty fierce along the trail - bring bug spray. A lot of the hike is in forested areas, but there are some open meadows too - bring sunscreen too!

hiking
1 month ago

what a beautiful trail!! be aware, it's quite hilly, but spectacular views make it totally worth it! I even saw 2 moose at the lake. only problem was they came too close for comfort and then blocked the trail for about 20 minutes, but it was amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

What a gorgeous hike! Great variety in sights to take in. We read the reviews before we decided upon this hike with our active 3 and 7 year old. It seemed that just the first part was steep. But I would have to say that 75% of the hike to lily pad lake is an incline and mostly on loose rocks. It was challenging as a family and not something I would recommend for parents hiking with kids under 7. We made the very most of the journey and the destination. I Would do it again without the kiddos.

2 months ago

Great trail. Busy at the lakes. I think this by far is less traveled and more peaceful. Was not difficult to hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail that winds through lodge pole forest, aspen groves, and meadows and crosses over a few streams (with a bridge). There are frequent opportunities to step aside and enjoy the views while catching your breath.
This route to Lily Pad Lake was completely clear of snow and almost completely dry on 5/19. The route to Lily Pad Lake from Ryan Gulch had a few more snow and mud patches, but nothing unmanageable. The aspens are just starting to leaf out! Enjoy!

9 months ago

Loved this trail! It was absolutely gorgeous.

hiking
10 months ago

LOVED this trail! It was beautiful from the moment you stepped onto the trail. Aspens were in full glory all the way to Lily Pad Lake. There were plenty of beautiful vistas to enjoy and the creek cross over was a pleasant treat. It wasn't too hard or too easy...a bit steep at the beginning, but then it levels out to a moderate incline with occasional flat sections. Good trail for kids. the lake at the top is always lovely.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice hike, beautiful view overlooking lake in Frisco. Two and half hours with frequent photo stops. Most of the incline is at the beginning before it forks to Lily Pad lake.

11 months ago

Nice wildflowers. Good variety of trees. Views of Frisco. It's a little rocky and steep at the beginning but not too bad. The lake is pretty. My main complaint is that it is too short- about 1.5 hrs round trip including 15 minutes rest.

hiking
11 months ago

First trail we hit when arriving in Frisco. Beautiful views and gorgeous lake at the end. Great hike with some steep areas and rock but worth it.

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

In terms of family hiking, this was definitely more challenging than some. Mainly, because of the heavily rocked trail. The inclines seem steep at first but taper off the further up you go. Waterfall and lakes are beautiful. Worth the hike, just have to push the kiddos a little. My youngest is 6, and we completed the hike up and back in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Steep ascent to waterfalls but easier rest of the way to lake.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Starts steep and rough but stick with it because it's worth it!

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Nice easily accessible trail just off the round about at the Frisco exit

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Nice hike to the lake

Monday, June 19, 2017

Great hike to bring the kids. Such a beautiful trail with a roaring stream. Don't forget the bug spray though. With all of the Aspen trees, this will be a trail to hit again in the fall.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Park service was on the job today and cleared most of the downed trees. Lovely trail!

hiking
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Nice, short trail with alternating shade and sun. There were lots of trees down, but easy to step over. Two nice waterfalls and very few other hikers. The lake didn't have a lot of lily pads yet. Wildflowers are few and far between right now. I enjoyed the hike from this side more than the Silverthorne side, but people who aren't acclimated to elevation may enjoy the less steep hike from that side more!

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Loved this trail! Even saw a moose! The lily pad pond at the end was like walking into a fairy tale

Sunday, May 07, 2017

This was an awesome trail with an awesome view at the end. If you are out of shape than it will kick your butt going up. I had to stop several times to catch my breath but my husband had no issues. We ran into some snow patches but nothing crazy. Other hikers were telling us that if you wanted to go to the second lake you couldn't get in because of the snow. From trailhead to the lake and back we clocked four miles.

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

Couple of nice views along the way (tory/gray/bald). As of first week of May, very very muddy and some good size snow banks that you may or may not posthole through depending on your luck. A long stretch of the trail is a small creek at this point.

Also - note the part about 'dogs on leash' above (and as posted at the trailhead). Wasn't on the trail five minutes before two unleashed dogs came charging down the path at mine.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

This is one of my default trails when I can't decide where else to go. The trip is a short one when you end it at Lily Pad Lake, so I reccomend pushing past that to the second, larger lake, and beyond. If you want to beat the crowds, go earlier in the day, and do the larger loop.

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