Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Dillon with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

First week of May it was still very cold, windy, and snowy. Couldn’t really find the trail. No restrooms. Stunning views though even just from the beginning of the trail off the road. Was worth the drive and view, but bummed we couldn’t really hike.

Be ready for intense winds and still crossing a few snow fields. The view from the ridge line is beautiful if you can handle the gusts. The parking lot is heavily used by back-country skiers, so get there early if you want a spot. There have also been many recent spring avalanches along Loveland pass, so keep your eyes out while driving as well.

I've lived in Frisco for years and never knew about this walk. great place to take guests.

hiking
2 months ago

Slushy snow pack and mud made the hike slightly harder than it would on a dry spring/early summer day.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

My girlfriend and I (29 and 31) snowshoed this trail on 1/25. We had no problems with our dog off-leash (pick up after your dog of course). In order to get there, just drive to Montezuma and then keep going until it dead ends into a plowed snowy parking lot that says not to drive any further. Park there.

I’d consider this a beginner snowshoeing trail for someone who is fairly active. We started it in yaktraks and is doable that way, but once we put our snowshoes on, it was much easier. Follow the snowmobile tracks up what essentially looks like a very scenic road. Eventually, it dead ends and you will see a sign that says “5” and points to the left (2 miles in, uphill). At that point, the deer creek trail goes left and becomes singletrack and you will be breaking new snow. I’d recommend poles and snowshoes if you’re going to go beyond that point.

We opted to go right and sit on two makeshift tree stump chairs to drink hot chocolate in a field with a pano view of the mountain walls of the bowl you’ll find yourself in. It’s worth a detour to this point, even if you’re going to continue up the trail. It isn’t far from the split.

Happy Hiking,

Mike

You know how the previous reviews mentioned “don’t sleep on the wind?” Yeah, well, do not! Staggering views from the start that keep getting better. No protection from elements, which only adds to the fun.

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic trail . I'm not at my fittest but the climb was easy given the beautiful views . Yes, we started at the water tower and went left up to Tenderfoot Trail , the big electricity pylons are a bit of an eyesore amongst the surroundings . Carry on until you weave through the fence and then we went left Down the trail from there . It's beautiful and snowy weaving through the forest . It was so quiet and peaceful . I had on hiking boots and it was a little slippy underfoot but nothing too bad .
I would highly recommend this trail

Outstandingly beautiful trail, but seriously gusty/dangerous winds at the summit. I do not recommend hiking it alone, as I needed to hold on to someone to make sure I was not blown over. Microspikes not needed.

Nice little hike. Great views. 75% snow covered - the rest mud at this point. Was fine with hiking boots, but trax would have been a good addition for some of the slippery spots.

Beautiful views of Dillon Lake, Ten Mile Range and Gore Range. Thanks to the review below, we did the full loop through the woods. 4.1 miles total. 633 feet of elevation gain. Trail comes out .6 miles up the road from parking area.

Great views, but make sure you layer up. HEAVY winds and temps below freezing now

7 months ago

Pretty easy. Scenic view of the reservoir. No shelter and ideal for mountain biking.

hiking
7 months ago

Very quiet trail, great views.

Impassible snow as of 9/30

Easy access, reasonable parking, easy to find and follow trail. The views were spectacular, easy weekend morning climb. This would be beautiful any time of the year probably but seeing it in late September really had great fall colors going. Expect friendly company along the trail by other hikers, dogs, etc.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail, easy to follow, with views of Lake Dillon and Tenmile peak, and a great spot for fall color in mid to late September. It is now a loop trail that connects down to the road you started on, and the switchbacks down through the aspen & mixed forests are beautiful.

The parking area at the sign that says "Oro Grande Trail" is the place to start. Begin on that trail and shortly you'll see a sign for "Tenderfoot Trail" on your left.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice spot to get a little fresh air.

hiking
8 months ago

Truly a 5 star trail. On a Wednesday afternoon in September, I literally had the entire trail to myself. One thing to note, I clocked it at more like 9 miles than the 7 miles listed.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail with beautiful views! My dog and I did the new loop trail. We parked just past the water tank. Take first left and then small climb and then take right. Meander through the forest to the top of the trail. Then you come to the new fence which you need to weave through which reveals beautiful views of Lake Dillon. There are many benches from which to choose to sit and view the beauty below. Stay right at all intersections to make the loop back to the parking lot at the water tank.

hiking
8 months ago

They recently created a thruway, so you can do the whole loop (around 5 miles), which gives great views of Dillon Reservoir and the towns nearby. I went with my 60-year-old mom, and we had a great time climbing up to the top and descending down. The trails aren't super well marked, so be sure to keep to the well-treaded trails.

Not bad great views of lake Dillon

Awesome trail, perfect challenge for my almost stock 4Runner! Views were breathtaking!

Incredible views all the way to the top. It was pretty windy though, so it would probably be a good idea to bring some earmuffs.

A nice hike for our family. We saw some deer and hummingbirds. Easy enough for a 5 year old to handle.

This hike is great for families. Park near the water tower. Instead of taking the first Trail I went further on to the other start/end of the Tenderfoot Mtn Trail. I followed this up the left side and saw beautiful landscapes of Lake Dillon and the marina. After the bench the views don't get any better and the trail heads up until it eventually drops back down. At the highest point there is a unmanaged trail leading up to the summit, according to what I've read. You never actually summit Tenderfoot. Right before heading back to your car, you walk down a beautiful wildflower hill landscaping the reservoir. Great spot for another pic.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy hike with beautiful views of Dillon and Dillon Reservoir. the trails are poorly marked so just stay on the heaviest used one. Great hike to take your dog! took about 2 hours round trip and we stopped to set up our hammocks at the top.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail & good short work out! Views of lake Dillon are amazing! ! I would say good for all levels & would def do it again!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful and easy trail. Great for bringing out of town family members.

on Tenderfoot Mountain

hiking
9 months ago

We loved this trail beautiful elevated views of Dillion lake not difficult to hike but you do climb up for exercise

Amazing views! The first .5 mile is pretty steep but it levels out after that. Worth every step.

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