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Ptarmigan Peak Loop is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and bird watching and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.4 mi Elevation gain 3,497 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers
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Francis Koniuszy
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Jack McFadden
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HikingOff trailRockySnow

Great hike! Took about 2.5 hours to get to the peak. Full of amazing views, and wildlife.

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Dylan Jouglard
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BlowdownGreat!Over grown

J'ai kiffé ma race !!! Le temps indiqué est mensongé en revanche !!! La neige avait trop fondu à mon goût... C'est dommageable. Et pour finir j'ai vraiment beaucoup transpiré. Bisous

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Johnny Gautier
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

Super randonnée franchement j’ai pris mon pied!!

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Morgan Kooi
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HikingBlowdownNo shadeRocky

Great hike! No shade on the south side of the loop. Gorgeous views! Only passed maybe 10 people during my 5.5 hour hike (Monday)

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Charles 'Andy' Smith
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Scatterd snow fields through the lower trees but dry after that on Angler mountain trail to Ptarmagrin Trail. Field of yellow flowers not out yet. Narrow snow and ice on trail to bench them after trail head up lots of snow and downed trees, turned around.

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Lydia Betts
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Make sure you’re down before 1pm otherwise you start sinking in the snow. All morning although the snow is packed enough to hike on.

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Ashley Corn
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I went clockwise like recommended on previous post and the way up and the view from the top were amazing! I really enjoyed it. However, I didn’t like the way down on this loop. It was really steep and there were lots of down trees so the trail was exposed and hot. I also clocked it as just over 11 miles. If I was to do it again or recommend it to someone, I would go back the same way I came up. Even though it would add some mileage, I think it would be better.

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Scot Sonius
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Good Hike. Hot at the bottom. Cold and rainy up top. views are great from the top. Did the trail fork closest to interstate on way down. It is shorter but not as good. Steeper and trail is overgrown somewhat. Recommend stay on the main route.

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Susan Baran
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Hiking

We did the trail to the peak and came back on the same side. Steep at the outset, moderate through the trees and easy footing through alpine meadow to the top

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Marv H
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HikingNo shade

As the reviewer below said, you want to do this loop clockwise, otherwirse the SE trail will kick it. Started early and the views were great. Met a momma moose with calf, so definately keep your eyes open. Got to the top and the views were spectacular. Only saw 4 people on the way up, but 10 on horseback on the way down (almost finished) so all in all a great time was had by me and the dog.

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Julia P.
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Very pleasant hybrid loop trail. We hiked clockwise, which I recommend as the grade is calmer on the way up versus the alternate spur which is fast and steep coming down. The left-hand spur has a calmer grade, more traveled as it links up with another trail and has beautiful views of the gore range. The right-hand spur is much less traveled, steeper, and less pretty with more downed trees that you need to navigate around but ~1 mile shorter if you want a quicker descent. Saw 2 ptarmigan birds along the trail! Beautiful wildflowers!

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Brett Tinkham
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Katy Hill
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Josh Udelhofen
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Ashley Ewing
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Tyler Howard
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Dillon Eddy
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i j
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