Ptarmigan Trail

MODERATE 67 reviews
#14 of 176 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.

4.0 miles
1036 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers

1 day 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.

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9 days ago

Old trusty. Always a nice hike with the dog.

10 days ago

11 days ago

We didn't go the full route, pressed for time, but all of the other reviews were dead on! The toughest part of the hike is the beginning, especially for anyone not acclimated to the elevation yet.

We took my 4 year old nephew along, he did just fine! We saw two elk, chipmunks, marmots, and tons of butterflies. The wild flowers are gorgeous, and the trail was trafficked but not overly so. My entire group - 4 to 65 - was pleasantly surprised with the whole hike. We would do it again!!

14 days ago

15 days ago

Postcard panoramic views. Wildflowers, elk, small streams. Don't be put off by power lines; hang in there for whispering aspen groves, scented pine forests, views of Buffalo Mtn, Ten-Mile Range. Turn around when you intersect Angler Mtn Trail and it's about 3 hours round trip.

23 days ago

28 days ago

Pretty great hike. The view from the top was spectacular! There was some mud and snow along the trail, but it was pretty minimal. The wild flowers were beautiful, and we saw some wild phlox along the way.

30 days ago

Great little hike. Beginning is the hardest part but the views are worth it.

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1 month ago

Still some snow on upper trail. We didn't hike it but one guy was using snowshoes. The trail that All Trails shows is the alternate trail. The main, marked trail is definitely longer - 6.1 miles one way.

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3 months ago

10/10 would Ptarmigan

7 months ago

This trail is not 4.0 miles to the top and back. It is actually 12.4 miles round trip. We enjoyed the hike, but it was a long hike. Beautiful views of the entire Lake Dillon valley. One of the best views in the county.

7 months ago