Ptarmigan Trail

MODERATE 98 reviews
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Ptarmigan Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1036 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

We didn't make it all the way to the top because we were only planning a 6 mile hike round trip (thanks to other's advice). We know it is longer than a 6.3 mile round trip (not 4), but not sure how much longer..? Anyway, beautiful view overlooking silver Thorne and lake Dillion basically the whole hike. The first .5 miles in is all uphill, and ugly. Get past the neighborhood part of the hike and your golden! Definitely returning in the fall to finish this one up.

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14 days ago

This hike was great. It had a moderate incline so it wasn't too strenuous at any point, but it was long enough to still get a good workout (the trailhead said 6.1 miles). Beautiful views and wildflowers all along the way. I could t stop taking photos. Nice and shady for a hot day, though was even a bit chilly on a cloudier day. Good for families.

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18 days ago

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19 days ago

Was nice. Good views of the Ten Mile Range and Silverthorne. The first half mile is up, but not steep.
Two cautionary notes though,
1) The trail is poorly marked once you leave the parking lot. Just stay on the most heavily used path and ignore everything else.
2) Dog people: Bring enough water for your dogs and yourself. There are two small streams at about the 2mi point, but dry otherwise.

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1 month ago

I am not a fan of his trail. The beginning is simply a climb under the sun. I do have to say that the views are amazing of Dillon Lake.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Easily accessible, steep and close to the road at the start. Once you get away from that very nice, easy trail. Made it about 2.5 miles to an overlook with a bench. However the trail continues and spoke with one woman who summited Ptarmigan.

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1 month ago

Very steep start but opened up on meadow and woods. Lovely views!

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1 month ago

First .5 mile steep and exposed but remainder of trail features aspen groves and great views.

1 month ago