Willow Lakes Trail

MODERATE 52 reviews

Willow Lakes Trail is a 11.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3083 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

rock climbing

skiing

snowboarding

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Two trails start here; the Wilowbrook trail links to Mesa Cortina following South Willow Creek, The Ditch Trail goes directly to the Gore Range Trail following North Willow Creek. The destinations one could reach from these two trails are too numerous to mention. Two trails start here; the Wilowbrook trail links to Mesa Cortina following South Willow Creek, The Ditch Trail goes directly to the Gore Range Trail following North Willow Creek. The destinations one could reach from these two trails are too numerous to mention. It is possible to link the two trails along the Gore Range Trail to make a loop returning to the same spot.

hiking
8 days ago

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backpacking
27 days ago

Great trail

28 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous trail and only moderately difficult. We had some trouble because the signage is terrible and the map we had was garbage. However, despite adding an extra six miles to our hike, we had a great time. Camping near the upper lake was epic. Fishing was great. Very chilly up at the lakes but the trail was warm most of the way up.

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backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful place for a mini backpacking trip! We stopped at Salmon Lake, and had it to ourselves to camp. From the Willow Lakes trailhead, going left at that Willow Trail / Ditch trail fork is a longer route in, but a very forgiving and much more beautiful than the other route to the right. We took the other one on the way back, which made the return hike shorter. I would definitely recommend doing it that way, even though it adds some miles in the beginning! The last 2 hours to the lake is a steady incline, so be prepared to take a lot of breaks. We fly fished at the lake and got into some big brook trout right away!

backpacking
2 months ago

HARD! But awesome. I accidentally went the wrong way because the trail is not labeled on signs. I started at Willowbrook Trailhead, then took the gorge/cantina trail west rather than the ditch trail which takes you Northwest and along the route to willow creek trail. Although I added miles to my hike, it was significantly more beautiful than the ditch/willow creek way. I recommend that route if you are backpacking and can do the mileage, it's worth it. There is also about a two hour uphill section that is brutal, so pace yourself and rest if needed. The last mile or two was insanely beautiful.

2 months ago

hiking
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2 months ago

Amazing trip! did it solo this am and it took 5 hours. Steady incline to the final lake. Beautiful and worth the 13 miles :)

2 months ago

The upper lake is the best; tons of wildflowers just downstream of the last lake and a very friendly herd of Mountain Goats. They want to lick the salt off your pack and hiking poles! It's just shy of 13 miles round trip to the upper lake.

2 months ago

can't recommend it enough. a few things to note:

1. Some of the bridges are busted as hell, but still passable.

2. It's an 11.8 mile round trip to *the first * of the Willow Lakes. It's probably closer to a 13-mile trip to the last one

3. Some people complained about signage, but I thought it was pretty good. Trouble is you can't find this trail on MOST maps. It is, owever, on the 2016 USFS Maps on CalTopo.com

4. It is flippin gorgeous. LOUSY with wildflowers.

hiking
3 months ago

It's a long walk, but definitely worth it! The trail itself is gorgeous! It's not the best marked trail, and there are some less than stable bridges you have to cross, but it's an incredible trail!

hiking
3 months ago