Explore the most popular cross country skiing 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.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful winter trail hike if you’re looking for a nice stroll in the woods. Curious to see what it’s like in the warmer months. Lots of aspens, will definitely be back to the area in the fall next year!

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful hike!

hiking
22 days ago

I would like to clarify that this route displayed here is NOT the Rainbow Lake Trail. It is actually the Rainbow Lake Trail, then the Masontown Tail, then cuts off the Masontown trail to Bill's Ranch Trail, then meets back up with the Rainbow Lakes Trail. The actual Rainbow Lakes trail is just an out and back to the lake. Don't get lost people, this is NOT Rainbow Lake Trail ONLY!!!!! There is no loop as part of the trail. It is ONLY OUT AND BACK! You will see trail signs that say this along the way and will not match what AllTrails is saying. This incorrect info as a guide makes me rather irritated as many people get lost and stranded on Mount Royal for not using accurate information about their hikes. Trust me, I live at THE TRAIL HEADS! ALSO: I have suggest an edit of this trail which has not yet been approved. This comment may become irrelevant after edit approval.

We did this hike on 10/21. There was some snow but not enough to require crampons. It was a pretty and an easy hike. (We actually ended up exploring beyond the second lake and going on Salt Lick trail then looping back.) The trail was wooded mostly and it smelled like pine and sage in some parts. There were lots of Aspen trees without leaves so I’ll probably try this hike again earlier in the fall next year.

23 days ago

This trail was easy-to-moderate and peaceful. We did it in early October and had a picnic lunch by the second lake. I enjoyed it but I probably wouldn’t do it again.

Nice, easy short hike. Lots of aspens so I can imagine what this trail looks like in early fall. Nice views of Dillon in any case with a nice lake and mountain views up top. Great weather today and not too many people on the hike. Great hike for early morning or late afternoon.

hiking
24 days ago

Muddy hike today, 10.19.18 due to precip last night. Takes awhile to get away from I70 noise. Good workout. Lakes are meh but views at top are nice. Was peaceful and that's what I'm after but probably would not do this again. Too many other better trails in the area.

Hiked with trail with my husband and two daughters (ages 12 and 9). Saw 4 moose right when we started!!! Trail was easy to hike and the lake is really pretty.

hiking
30 days ago

This trail is an excellent day hike. On October 12, my son and I ventured from Copper Mountain toward Wheeler Lakes. The first two-thirds is the steepest portion of the hike with the final third easier on the legs. Our journey included snow, which enhanced the beautiful scenery. I highly recommend this hike.

Trailhead off traffic circle in Frisco. Beautiful hike through dense forest and well marked trail. Highlights include gorgeous view Lake Dillon before reaching Lily Pad lake. Pretty continuous elevation to lake, about 800ft. Much more scenic than section from Silverthorne to Lily Pad lake.

Nice trail that was quick and easy! Most of the aspens has already lost their leaves though.

I believe I left a green nalgene water bottle covered in stickers on this trail. If anyone finds it could you please let me know?

Very easy hike. We saw a moose!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail for families and older adults. Great colors.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little jaunt for a last minute spontaneous hike. We got there around 1pm and there was hardly anyone there. There is actually parking much closer to where the trail turns into the mountain off 70 otherwise, you have to walk a little bit on the side of 70 before you turn in which I thought was actually pretty cool. Either way, you are pretty much right across from Copper Mt at the start. Good little easy hike for some exercise . Aspens along the trail pretty much have lost their leaves as of today.

Pros:
* Short easy hike. Slow, steady incline until you hit the lakes.
* Pretty, open space at the top where the lakes are. That's the best part.
* Trail head is easy to find, right of Rt 70 across from Copper
* Good choice for beginners or a last minute hike.
* Quiet at the top by the two lakes. Although the lakes are not the typical turquoise mountain lakes, still pretty to have lunch at. Very peaceful. We were there just appreciating the silence for an hour.
* Most of the hike has good cover from trees once you get past the first mile.

Cons:
* Not the pretties of hikes unless you hit it during peak aspen leaf changing. Your mostly in trees.
* Views until you get to the lakes are through the trees and are mostly of Copper Mountain if any views at all.

hiking
1 month ago

I’m a previously in shape hiker who is now super out of shape. The uphill on the way to the lakes was very tough (had to stop and catch my breath a lot), but I kept on. It was short enough that it didn’t kill me :) The lakes were decent. Back to the parking was all downhill and much easier for me. Took me 2 hours from parking lot to the top lake, and then 1.5hrs down. Great part about this hike is that much of the trail goes through the trees, so lots of shade.

1 month ago

Views are amazing and well worth all the uphill! Majestic mountain views, peaceful lakes, and a bit of Fall in the air-what more could you ask for.

Quick and easy! Great when the aspens are changing!

Absolutely loved this hike. As stated, after the first few inclines it gets easier and is a beautiful diverse trail. The views are amazing. Of course it is peak foliage right now so a photographers paradise. It is my favorite hike in the area. Up there with Mohawk lakes and McCullough Gulch trails. A must.

Moose in the lake this afternoon. Trail is rocky and steep in places, especially right before you get to the lake. Our 77 year old patriarch made. Hike now for the best fall colors.

not a steep hike, very beautiful

Great round trip hike. Take a lunch and sit next to one of the two lakes. Creek is dry. Be sure to take plenty of water as the trail is on the sunnier side of the mountain face. If you are overnighting, be sure to register at the base of the trail.

Very easy, kid and tourist friendly hike with a picturesque lake and almost no vertical. Honestly, for me, this is more of a 3-4 star trail for me simply because I prefer hiking with scenic views- however it’s absolutely beautiful right now with the fall colors! I was doing a super fast walk/trail run so I didn’t snap any photos but it’s WORTH IT!

2 months ago

Great short moderate hike mostly in the trees. Some aspen groves. Trails well maintained It’s about a 2-3 hr round trip hike with time spent for lunch looking over the small lakes.

hiking
2 months ago

always enjoyable! easy hike with continous steady incline making it moderate. Bring bug spray - about half way mark is Mosquito haven in short switchback area next to creek. Go past lake for scenic long range ridge views.

Of all the hikes I have done I would do this again and again. It is a challenge with the rocks and changes to terrain. Once you get through the first few minutes it gets easier The views are incredible and even the thunderstorm did not seem to bother anyone
And it was short lived and we all carried on. The beauty all along the entire trail was amazing and I will be back.

2 months ago

Moose has been seen several times lately but we didn’t see him.

We were on a time schedule so we did do the whole hike (only 1.5 hrs up) but it was beautiful. This is an easy ascent (easy enough for a fourteen year old Yorkshire terrier!) and goes along a creek/river for much of the time. We enjoyed the changing colors of the foliage. We will enjoy returning to do the whole hike. Not sure if it gets more difficult.

Perfect for an average hiker looking for a moderate hike to get some exercise with breaks of flat open meadows. Gives you a little bit of everything!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail. Fairly easy and nice lake view.

Great trail. Parked in the Copper lot and then walked over the bridge. Went up early and not a single person on the trail until heading back down. Lakes were beautiful. Moderate ranking is accurate.

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