Willow Lakes via Gore Range Trail is a 11.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length11.9 miElevation gain2,716 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingSnowshoeingForestLakeRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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This route starts at the Willowbrook Trailhead. Overnight parking is not allowed.

There is parking for about a dozen cars, no overnight parking, no trailers. There is a picnic table at the parking lot.

In Silverthorne turn west off highway 9 onto the Willowbrook Road. Follow it almost to the end through a neighborhood, trailhead is well marked on the left.

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M B
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Great day hike. Total distance is longer than indicated on AllTrails - I clocked nearly 13 miles. Hiked on 11-07-20, and there was 3” - 6” of snow closer to the lakes. Beautiful views and diverse landscape along the full trail. with snow cover, we found it a bit difficult to tell where the trail was meant to end - there are multiple lakes that can be seen near what I suspect what the end of trail, but hard to tell which was the “official” stopping point. Can do this in regular hiking uboots, but snow grips for the shoes would not hurt this time of year. Would do in!ag any season if properly equipped. Lots of downed trees to maneuver around, as others pointed out.

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Janee Ackerley
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Beautiful trail overall. Lots of fallen trees which created some adventure along the way. Moderately steep parts throughout as well as some rocky areas. Some awesome views and various waterfalls throughout with several lakes at the end. Lengthy trail!

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Brian Gregory
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Steven Yu
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Steven Yu
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FatMan LittleTrail
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so many trees down on the trail made this a real challenge for me. I marked all the downed trees on my recording. also its closer to 13 miles than 11

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Ken Nollsch
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Great trails here

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Edward Kenny
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Too windy today. Had to turn around about 3 miles in.

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Patrick Ryan
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Simply incredible. You will trip over the last mile because your head will be swiveling from the magnificent views. Gradual incline the whole way. I’ve felt worse from shorter hikes. Definitely combine this with Salmon lake if you are back there

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Megan H
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Really beautiful lake, just make sure you go all the way to the end. The trail was pretty mellow with maybe two parts you could call “steep.” We clocked 12 miles from TH start to end. 14.4 if coming from the overflow lot. Took a little less than 4.5 hours, but from passing people on the ascent and descent I would say it probably takes most people longer.

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Steph Steph
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HikingGreat!

So serene and all the fall colors were wonderful! Started at 6:30am and based on my descent it seems most people start around 9:30am.

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Chase Halgerson
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HikingGreat!

An enjoyable trail. Definitely on the moderate side. One steep section, and one section with a constant incline. Well shaded overall. Only a few parking spots at the actual trail head, so a little over 14 miles RT from the overflow parking lot. Multiple lakes to see/choose at the end, so make sure to spend some time seeing them all! Very dog friendly hike too, quite a few creek access points for water.

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Sean Kleinfield
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Wonderful hike through diverse forest, some eerily wiped out by pine beetles and others green and lush. The ultimate destination of the willow lakes in a magnificent cirque is really beautiful and serene. No section itself is all that difficult, but the total distance had me pretty sore and wiped out by the time we got back to the car. My tracker had the trail itself closer to 12.8, and if you’re not lucky enough to get one of the 12 or so parking spots near the trailhead, you can tack on an extra mile each way to the overflow lot which is my only complaint.

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Zachariah Rott
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Patrick O'Neill
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Patrick O'Neill
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Mike Shore
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Andrew Perez
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It’s a hard one, for backpacking trip is better then do that day.

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Emma Bennett
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HikingRocky

Very strenuous and long but TOTALLY WORTH IT! The trail head is literally in a neighborhood. Me and my husband are pretty active/fit people and this was definitely on the harder side of “moderate”. Took us 3.5hrs to get to the lake and my Apple Watch clocked 6.3 miles. We took 2 decently long breaks on the way up because literally from mile 0.75-5.25 you are ascending constantly with little break: it is mentally and physically tough. The lake was absolutely incredible though and totally worth the strain. Very rocky trail so our trek poles helped. I would NOT recommend if you are a first timer, out of shape, or for a kid under 12 honestly. Took us only 2 hrs 15 min to return.

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Kelly W.
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Sam Hjelm
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BackpackingGreat!

Like others have mentioned, this is a 14mile round trip from the trail head. The trail is not clearly marked for Willow Lake. However, people have scratched directions into sign posts, which are helpful. Moderate trail, with some steep parts around 3-4.5 miles in. But otherwise not too bad! Camping overnight at the lake is amazing! Plenty of spots, even on a holiday weekend. Park at the overflow parking lot when you first turn into the neighborhood for overnight. It’s an additional mile walk to the trailhead. So worth it!

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Sam Beck
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HikingGreat!

Our feet hurt too...beautiful sights though. The path to the left at the beginning of the trail that takes you for the "loop" adds about another 4 miles. In all, after parking in the overflow lot at the bottom of the neighborhood amd taking the loop, the total was about 17.5 miles.

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Meg R.
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Sydney Matthews
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HikingGreat!Rocky

My feet hurt

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Olivier Puech
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HikingBlowdown

Just to make sure nobody gets lost here (like I did): if your goal is to go to willow lakes, then you have to take first the ditch trail at the first fork and then follow North willow creek trail at every junction. There is no mention to willow lake until virtually the end of this trail. The AllTrails app helped me find my way. It is worth it. The only difficulty is in the length, not the ascent nor the elevation. The lakes are very pretty. Start early, we got soaked around noon after leaving at 9.30am.

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