Ptarmigan Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily 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: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,141 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

Please note: Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well. Trailhead is easy to find using the Alltrails directions. You will quickly come to a spot where the trail crosses a paved road. A sign points up the road but the trail goes right. You can go either way and will end up back on the main trail.

hiking
3 days ago

The wildflowers are indeed popping on the trail! The first open areas are filled with Mule’s Ears, larkspur and a few lupine starting! Gorgeous! Wonderful walking through aspen and two stream crossings. We turned around a bit past the wooden log bench lookout. Highly recommend.

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail with beautiful views

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5 days ago

Nice strong (but easy incline) - not too many people out which was nice. Path is clear and safe. We crossed two streams before getting to the outlook. Can beat the views - for sure

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful hike and gorgeous views of the mountains. The two streams are easily passable.

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5 days ago

Gorgeous trail! Perfect conditions and the wildflowers are popping! Enjoy!

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5 days ago

This was a nice little hike for a Sunday morning. Took the dog on the trek. The water runoff was nice for the dog to refresh in. Views are beautiful. We went on 5/31 and the trail was dry and very accessible. I wouldn’t really rate this as moderate, but it gets the heart rate up.

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8 days ago

Absolutely beautiful!! The wildflowers are starting to bloom and it was just gorgeous. I will be coming back to continue up to the summit of the ptarmigan peak!

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8 days ago

Absolutely beautiful, but wanted to warn others that I’ve lived in CO for a year and got altitude sickness for the first time after doing this hike. Be careful!

hiking
9 days ago

Trail is dry with a couple of streams to cross but manageable. Great views at the resting log. We kept going towards the peak about another mile and half and it is clear. Others who came down from the peak said snow but could still summit.

hiking
11 days ago

Trail is clear. Mostly single track. Gorgeous. Quarter mile from trailhead you’ll cross a neighborhood road, continue straight between two boulders on the trail. End of trail is a wooden bench overlooking Silverthorne. If you continue, you’re headed up another several miles to the peak.

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16 days ago

Those logs that were blocking the trail two weeks ago are gone! Awesome! Beautiful trail as usual. ALTHOUGH - two unleashed aggressive dogs encountered at the end of the hike. Obey the leash laws on trails for all of us with and without dogs!!!

hiking
19 days ago

Nice hike. Aspen groves galore. Need to hike it in fall.

19 days ago

Great hike with gorgeous views throughout. Would be beautiful in the fall with the aspens but Shhhh, dont tell others! Decent amount of other hikers, but everyone was courteous and gave you space to social distance.

hiking
20 days ago

Fun early spring trail! Clear the whole way through except for one spot. A guy from the forest service passed and told us we could get an extra 0.5 mile up before it’s to snowy. Great to add in some extra incline! We also saw a Ptarmigan and some great views of the valley along the way! So lucky to live in this county.

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21 days ago

Excellent family hike with dog. Trail clear except for one short muddy patch. Small but slick ice in the shade at about the 1.7 mile mark easily crossed by my 8 yr old in tennis shoes. Forest service workers cleared away the last of the blowdown logs. Views spectacular as advertised. We arrived at the trailhead a little before 9. Completely full with cars parked up and down the roadside when we returned at noon.

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23 days ago

Perfect for those looking for a first time overnight hiking & camping experience. Last weekend the elevation gain was minimal enough to keep a steady flow of conversation going, all with great views along the way. The trail is well-kept & was quiet when we hiked through. Waking up next to the beautiful lake with a hot man at the end of the trail is much better than any 5-star hotel I’ve ever woken up in. Perfect second date.

hiking
24 days ago

Sweet views!! Little bit of ice and mud toward the top but not bad at all.

hiking
24 days ago

Great conditions. Some mud. Some ice. All manageable.

hiking
27 days ago

Great trail to get back in shape for the season, some steep grades but also some areas that are flatter with great views of Silverthorne, the surrounding mountains, and the ski areas. Only one snowy/icy spot with no traction. Get there by 9:30 to get a spot at the trailhead!

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blowdown
27 days ago

Great spring hike. We encountered a couple of slightly muddy spots and one packed snow area. Some blow down. Fantastic views. A few Springtime flowers begin to emerge.

hiking
28 days ago

Only two snowy spots - not bad. Some mud. Too many downed trees crossing trail - would be nice if they were cut. Great hike - beautiful views. However, more than 4.6 miles according to our apps. Beautiful hike and good workout for early season.

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snow
1 month ago

muddy
snow
1 month ago

Get there early in the day if possible, the snow becomes slushy and muddy. Spikes/poles are smart.

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icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

gorgeous trail with iconic summit county views. super variable conditions, I recommend yak traks.

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

First real hike of the season and it was great. YakTrax not required but I would definitely recommend them. The snow softens and gets slushy later in the day so you start slipping and sliding more.

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