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

Loved stopping along the trail to take breaks and enjoy skipping rocks in the stream. Wouldn’t say it’s a super hard trail, but coming back down definitely did a number on our feet because of all the rocks. Bring plenty of sunscreen though because I felt like only about 25-35% of it was shaded. Beautiful meadows and wildflowers, beautiful streams and water spots. Lots of birds to see. Also saw a moose about a minute into the hike. The trail ends when it intersects with another trail. Nothing too special at the end, but still a lot of great views throughout the hike.

Very rocky and very exposed because of the logging. Went on an overcast Sunday so it wasn’t crowded, and it wasn’t too sunny. Definitely wouldn’t do this hike on a sunny day. Lots of cool rocks to look at throughout the trail. Nothing too special though. One nice view.

Seeing the beavers was awesome. Easy trail.

Nice hike, great workout, and not too much foot traffic! I stopped a few times along the way to enjoy the water. The trail is very dog friendly and the views of the mountains are gorgeous! Flowers, butterflies, and dragonflies are everywhere...so are amazing views!

rock climbing
7 days ago

They should call this dead tree fly trail. most of trail was reasonable as we were covered in flys the whole trail bothering us. scenes were tragic with tons of dead trees cut down, some blocking the trail. maybe after a good fire and 6 years and some maintenance this will be a good trail.

mountain biking
10 days ago

Great Lake loop!

This is a fun way to get to Rainbow Lake while making an actual hike out of it instead of just a short stroll.

Easy. Beautiful hike to a gorgeous lake. Clear waters. Couple different spots to reach the water if you are willing to walk/cross some streams. Dog friendly. Can get busy. Go early or during the week.

hiking
15 days ago

It was a very nice trail with beautiful views at the top of Ptarmigan Hill. The downside was there was a group of 4 wheelers also using the trail. They stop at a corral area, before the final steep ascent to the top. I didn’t bring water for my dog and she needed the last mile up.

hiking
16 days ago

My wife and I just got done hiking this trail. We are from Kansas, so it doesn't take much to flip our fancy. This trail was very pretty, added a touch of difficulty to us new hikers. Beautiful views of the mountains and a few good looks at mountain streams. I would definately do this hike again!

Beautiful day for a great family hike! Trail was in very good condition for early season. We would highly recommend it and the climb on up to Ptarmigan Hill which provided some additional views of this scenic area.

Easy trail located near downtown Frisco. Great for families.

hiking
18 days ago

For such an easily accessible trail, it's not crowded.

This is a leisurely walk for the first couple of miles. Most of the modest gain in elevation occurs after the second mile.The snow is gone from the trail, and a path is open to reach the top of Ptarmigan - over 12,100 feet. But the final ascent to the top is steep.

The stream at the beginning is low, and we crossed without incident.

Pretty streams, a pond dammed up by beavers, and mountain vistas await. There are wildflowers on the path, especially near the top. But if you are particularly interested in reveling in a blanket of colors, there are other hikes that offer a greater abundance of wildflowers.

Easy trail, convenient to downtown Frisco. Nice blend of pine forest, aspen groves, streams, wild flowers. lots of wild roses, columbine. nice alpine lake at top of trail.
A great hike for families.

19 days ago

Good Trail.
Very steep at first then levels out into meadow. At top of meadow a bench made on each side of trail. Looks back to Breck ski area . Nice view.
We were the only people on the trail.

Nice senic trail with lots of creekside and waterfall views. Definitely recommend.

did this 3 days after acclimating on mount royal. don't let the 4 downed trees near the beginning stop you. this is steep in places (poles needed for the decent!!!), but near the summit it opens up to beautiful open vistas. you'll pass a antenna or satellite building, a large patch of snow(june25 2018) then the trail appears to abruptly end. the peak has no victory signs.. just go to the top after the trail ends. that's it. very nice and a killer workout!

hiking
23 days ago

Nice short hike. 17+ minutes from the 2nd Ave trail head at a moderate page. Lots of Aspens and Pine trees, brooks and a wooden boardwalk and several wooden bridges. If you want a nice, easy hike, with some beautiful surroundings I would highly recommend it.

road biking
24 days ago

It’s a scenic biking to Frisco! It’s highly recommended!

Nice trail, kid friendly.

Steep up climb at the beginning and then levels out. Pretty Valley. Started with my 4 yo, only got out a little and came back later and completed it with out him

hiking
28 days ago

Really beautiful, well-maintained trail! Quite close to town, though I couldn't hear the roads or even noise from the surrounding neighborhoods. Quick & easy; I stopped and hiked this in about 40 minutes on my way to the library!

This is one of my favorite trails. We did half of the trail today with my family (2 tweens, 2 mid age, and 2 retirees). We saw the beautiful falls, creek, forest, and meadows. I did this two years ago with friends and made it to the further falls. That trip was about 8 miles out and back and took about 4-5 hours. Today we did 4 miles oab. All of us had an enjoyable time.

Pretty trail. Nice for families with younger children!

Nice easy hike. It's definitely easy and not moderate, there's barely any incline. Too much noise from town in the first part and the lake is not very scenic. There are additional trails that can extend this one and that makes it worthwhile.

hiking
1 month ago

Trailhead a couple blocks from downtown WTF (welcome to Frisco!) and a really nice boardwalk through a marshy area into the beautiful aspen grove forest very light incline to the hidden lake.

Great trail once on it. Right along the waters edge. The only reason why it is not five stars in my book is due to two reasons; mountain bikers going to fast and not courteous and the camp grounds where dogs were loose. The rest of the experience was great. I would also not classify this as moderate, rather it should be classified as easy.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views of the lake which the path goes around and I would definitely do it again. But it was not a great hike for our 3.5-year-old. The trail was poorly marked at times (it doesn’t seem well-maintained) and there were some very steep parts (maybe because we were off trail...?) and we had to cross the river on a few logs! (Why isn’t there a little bridge?) Thankfully no one fell in. We enjoyed the adventure though!! We saw lots of pretty wildflowers, a snake, some ducks. Not many hikers. We saw quite a few fishermen and we even saw a random water fountain in the middle of the forest. I took lots of beautiful photos because the lights and reflections on the lake were breathtaking! Will do this again when the kids are a bit older.

A beautiful easy hike around a pretty lake. The path meanders around the woods and the shore of the lake, and is a lot of fun to complete. The trail doesn't take long, and is definitely worth the stop.

This is a great kid friendly hike.

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