Old Dillon Reservoir Trail

EASY 85 reviews

Old Dillon Reservoir Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dillon, Colorado that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.7 miles
213 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips



Directions from Silverthorne: Travel east on U.S. 6. In Dillon, turn right onto the Dillon Dam road. Follow the Dillon Dam road approximately 2 miles . The trailhead is on the right, near Heaton Bay Campground.

30 minutes ago

Great trail for a family or when getting adjusted to the altitude! Short hike to the dam at the top with pretty views and wildflowers along the trail! A lot of people bring their dogs as well. If you are looking for more of a challenge though, I'd recommend a different trail.

1 day ago

Very easy and a good warm-up hike.

17 days ago

Great beginners trail

1 month ago

I've lived in Frisco for years and never knew about this walk. great place to take guests.

10 months ago

Great intro hike for adjusting to altitude. Beautiful wildflowers and Dillon Lake vista. Dog-friendly.

10 months ago

Nice easy hike.

10 months ago

Great family hike!!!

11 months ago

Very easy, great views.

11 months ago

Gorgeous views of the lake and beautiful wild flowers. Perfect hike if you're traveling with kids.

11 months ago

Easy and gorgeous views!

11 months ago

Perfect for a parents carrying children! We have two under three and wanted to get out today though we are all still adjusting to the altitude. Happy to find a short hike with such beautiful views.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

I hiked only a very short segment close to the shoreline as it was snowing (late May!) but the water was gray and lovely. Would be a great trail for little kids.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Short and no climbing, but beautiful mountain views. Perfect for little kids. #scenic

Monday, September 19, 2016

A short easy walking for all. The view of Dillon lake from the top is so peaceful and picture perfect.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

This is very quick so do it just because you're in it for the views, not the workout. It was crystal clear today and the views out over the reservoir were incredible. Kids could do this easily.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Fantastic hike with my friend from San Diego. Even though he is completely out of shape we completed the hike in a reasonable amount of time. Would recommend this hike for any level of hiker; child, novice, or fatty.

mountain biking
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Easy and fun

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Our first day in the mountains with a 9-year-old dog in tow. We were looking for a nice short hike to get acclimated. This was it! There were pretty views from all around the old reservoir. Highly recommend for all levels.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Really pretty. Had a large family, including children with us. It was good for all of us.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

I must say this experience was one that I wasn't expecting. We camped at Old Dillon Reservoir Trail. It rained, sleeted, and snowed all in one night. However, I really enjoyed it! We were able to set up camp before the weather took place and had a nice camp fire. In the morning is where we took a hike around the Reservoir and it was completely gorgeous. People were out fishing, hiking, and canoeing. It was one beautiful hike and I would recommend any and everyone to take a blanket with you so that you can lay down in the sun and watch the beautiful surrounding mountains and lakes and take in nature.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

easy hike windy as heck at top

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Did this trail as an easy, welcome to the 9,000+ elevation and it did not disappoint. Mostly trees in the beginning, then it opens up beautifully. Don't be a baby, walk around the old reservoir. You get a totally different view of the surrounding mountains.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Great, short trail! Terrific views and good for dogs!

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Gr8, short, easy for beginners, pets, quick. Take a light jacket; coolish at the reservoir.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

A very popular hike for all ages, mountain bikes and occasional runners. Dogs on leashes are welcomed. The trail is well marked from the trailhead to the top which has tremendous views of the Lake Dillon, Buffalo Mountain and surrounding areas. During the summer there are areas where dogs can retrieve items thrown into the reservoir.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Great Beginner or frequent user trail! Very popular, amazing panoramic views of Lake Dillon and surrounding peaks, Heaton Bay Campground and Frisco!

Friday, August 22, 2014

beautiful views of the new Dillon res. Also cool to see the old res all dressed up. Walked this trail after my wife ran the warrior dash(and she still wanted to go). easy walk for the whole family.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Good view of lake and dam. Very short and watch for bikes.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Very short, easy trail. In the sunlight, little tree coverage. Good place to bring a dog. If its dry, the lake at the end will be pretty empty.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

This trail starts around the dillon dam and is 1.5 round trip if you stay on trail. We had 3 adults and a child in our group. The trail is family friendly but it is under construction about .5 into the trail as you get to the old reservoir. If you walk around about 2 blocks you will see a 4 wheel trail that can take you up to the top of the hill to see a nice view of the lake and city. We went back down the hill and followed the road around the old reservoir until we saw the start of another trail that takes you down to the city and a nice aspen forest. We turned around before we got to the city and took back to starting point. This route ended up being about 2.5 mile hike.

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