Meadow Creek Trail to Lily Pad Lake

MODERATE 70 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.

hiking
1 day 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.

19 days ago

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

hiking
1 month 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!

8 months ago

Loved this trail! It was absolutely gorgeous.

hiking
8 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
8 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.

9 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
9 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
11 months ago

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
11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

Great hike on a fall day! Moderate to easy, steeper in the beginning but gets easier in the second half. Gorgeous fall colors all the way up and great views of Frisco. The lake was cute and there were plenty of places to sit. Lots of dogs and people on the trail so if you want something quieter, do the longer loop. Will do this again.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Short with a pretty lake at the end. Good if you want something small and easy.

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