Meadow Creek Trail to Lily Pad Lake

MODERATE 16 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.

3.4 miles
810 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



trail running


cross country skiing

horseback riding



wild flowers



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.

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5 days ago

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.

6 days ago

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

8 days ago

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!

11 days ago

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

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1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

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