Ptarmigan Trail

MODERATE 133 reviews
#11 of 191 trails in

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
977 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

1 month ago

In the beginning it looks rough, keep going. It mellows out and has some amazing views. I hiked this leisurely in four and a half hours with a nice break at the final view at the top.

hiking
3 months ago

The first half mile had me wondering if this was going to be worth it. It definitely was. The views along the way are amazing.

hiking
3 months ago

Went up for a quick sunset and was happy with the views. Didn’t have to hike far to get a great view of the valley.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail! It starts out in an incredible stand of Aspens that were at the height of their fall colors. Throughout the hike the trees were amazing. We went the day after a 12" snow, so the trail was a bit soupy and there were a lot of downed trees. We are from the Midwest, so we haven't seen the aspens in their fall colors before, and this trail was an amazing indoctrination!

hiking
4 months ago

Up to the bench/overlook and back is a good quick hike, took us around 2 hours at a relaxed pace. Lots of aspens so it was a great fall hike. Like everyone says the first section is steep enough to get the heart rate up even if youre acclimated, but the pain is over quickly and the trail snakes in and out of the woods for some nice shade and leaf peepin' opportunities.

hiking
5 months ago

The first half mile or so is pretty intense but after that it definitely flattens out. This would be a great hike to do in late Sept or October because there are a lot of aspens on trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Less dangerous than mountain biking, amirite Ahmed?? Very difficult start for the .5-1 mile with steep incline but after that you have great tree cover and impressive views. I'd recommend to inexperienced hikers that are looking for a relative quick hike but a bit of a challenge. Keep going past the listed marker on the AllTrails map to get a better view a .5 mile or so higher up the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Ok. So the first .5 - 1 mile, you'll wonder what the hell you got yourself into: It is a steep, quick climb and rocky to boot. Get past that, and you're in the forest on a level, comfortable dirt trail. You can catch glimpses of the city and mountain views between the trees. Around 2.5 miles you'll find a gorgeous outlook where you can stop, catch your breath, and have some water. I went 3 miles up and didn't reach the peak. I'm hoping I can go back and see the view from the top.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months 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.

hiking
6 months 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.

7 months 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.

hiking
7 months 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.

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike, excellent views, and very dog friendly! The beginning was on the steeper side, but plateaued to a beautiful walk through aspen and pine forests with outstanding views of the reservoir and surrounding mountains. A couple of mountain streams with short climbs after provided some variability to the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views. Keep going to the Pass makes it better, but more difficult.

7 months ago

Super pretty. Note the hike ends at the intersection of another hike. I ended up going too far. Lol.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice views of the reservoir as you hike up. First part is a little steep but then flattens out. Couple of small stream crossings, perfect for the pups.

8 months ago

Old trusty. Always a nice hike with the dog.

Load More