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.

Beautiful trail that winds through lodge pole forest, aspen groves, and meadows and crosses over a few streams (with a bridge). There are frequent opportunities to step aside and enjoy the views while catching your breath.
This route to Lily Pad Lake was completely clear of snow and almost completely dry on 5/19. The route to Lily Pad Lake from Ryan Gulch had a few more snow and mud patches, but nothing unmanageable. The aspens are just starting to leaf out! Enjoy!

trail running
6 days ago

I like to trail run this route. I ran this trail Thursday 5/10. No snow on trail! Some mud/water.

Have done this trail a few times. Definitely a more difficult trail. Trail is difficult to find with snow, but this app helps a lot. Most of the way is uphill, but worth it. Especially if you continue up to the ridge to see Lost Lake. Gorgeous views.

This is a great hike for beginners I would consider it easy not moderate. But great with kids and family. It is an excellent spot for a picnic lunch also.

trail running
1 month ago

Great for winter snow-packed trail running. Lots of up and downs. Great all year around trail but sometimes can be hard to find the initial trail after fresh snow if coming off the bike path.

Did this a few weeks ago and it was tough in snow shoes! The bottom of the trail is along the highway but if you park in the free copper lots it’s way better. We were the only people on the trail with fresh powder, Doesn’t get much better than that!

it's fun and easy, doesn't take long. even kids do it.. but at the end the lake isn't too impressive and is usually crowded.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

A great little trail good for all ages!

hiking
3 months ago

If you're picking this trail because of the lake(s) - I'd say don't. We hiked this in the late summer/early fall and while the trail itself was nice, the views were a little disappointing.

Pretty difficult, but very enjoyable. Great views of Copper. Lakes completely covered and barely visible this time of year but still beautiful while it’s snowing. Definitely need snow shoes! Make sure you park in the Copper parking lot which is just across the bridge- easy access to the trailhead!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Tons of snow at the top and great views of Copper! Beautiful but definitely steep and challenging. We were the ONLY people on the trail! Worth it once you get to the top!

hiking
4 months ago

Snow and icy right now...few areas need traction devices to be safe! Beautiful views, as always, and a nice place to exercise your dog ;-))

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Trail to Lost Lake was nonexistent, so bring a topo just in case. Trail to Wheeler lakes was clear but definitely need snow shoes this time of year, pack the crampons just in case.

hiking
4 months ago

Part of Peaks Trail 45. Leisurely hike right out of Frisco. 100 yards in and you forget you're so close to town. Meanders from Zack Stop at the end of 2nd to the far side of Rainbow Lake (pond) where it connects to several other peaks trails or loops back to the recreational pathway.
In the winter it is still well traveled. Expect to run into other local hikers, cross country skiers and plenty of off-leash labradors.

4 months ago

We used the recommendation of parking at Copper Mountain Alpine Lot. It was worth it! Only hiked along the highway briefly. Spikes are highly recommended especially coming down the trail, snow shoes would’ve been nice once we got to the lakes but a pain to carry up. You can survive without them though. The views of the mountains are completely worth it once you get up near the lakes. The lakes are covered in snow so a little disappointing but everything else made it a great day. Oh and if you find a dog bootie let us know ;) we lost one in the snow.

hiking
5 months ago

Something you should know that no one commented on previously —half this trail is along the highway. This is the least scenic hiking we have ever done—you walk right along the highway like a hitchhiker for the first mile and you can still hear traffic 40 minutes Up the trail. You will inhale lots of exhaust fumes. Once you get up to the trail split for the wheeler lake spur the trail is much more scenic and peaceful however the wheeler lakes are really more like ponds. The views of the mountains at the end of the trail are worth it but this is probably not the most worthwhile hiking trail around. The snow was packed down pretty well until the last half mile and the trail was easy to find. The grade isn’t very steep and the footing was good. We took just under 3 hours round trip with breaks from the gore valley trail head.

hiking
5 months ago

Made the mistake of backpacking this trail in late May. Still knee deep snow, so the lakes were under a foot or so of snow once we got up there. We did manage to find some dry ground in the trees near the lakes and camped out for the night. The views were great even without the lakes and I would love to go back later in the summer and give it another go!

Also free (limited availability) parking near the Conoco across from the Copper Mountain parking lot not far from the trailhead.

hiking
5 months ago

Great short hike. A little icy in the winter when there is no snow. But awesome for dogs and a beautiful view of the lake.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice, easy trail that can be done with the family. Saw a couple with their toddler hiking this one. A snow the night before made this one a little slick in some spots. A few small streams to cross and a nice view of the lake at the top. Continue around the lake to the right to begin the Peaks Trail if you want to to adventure further. Also looks to be a common mountain bike path so keep your head up.

Loved this trail! It was absolutely gorgeous.

follow the protrails info on this hike to get directions closer and bypass some of hiking along i70. I liked this hike! got the heart pumping and great views. especially do the spur at the second lake. I slipped 3 times on ice but I was too lazy to put on my spikes. also I ran into two sets of hunters, so just be aware and I would recommend dogs on a leash.

Beautiful and dog friendly!

The trail was not anything special, just rocky, not much shade at all due to logging. Just a great view of the mountain. Not a 4 star trail

7 months ago

This is a great trail. Hiked the beginning of October. Snow on the upper half. Some slippery spots. Beautiful views at the top!

LOVED this trail! It was beautiful from the moment you stepped onto the trail. Aspens were in full glory all the way to Lily Pad Lake. There were plenty of beautiful vistas to enjoy and the creek cross over was a pleasant treat. It wasn't too hard or too easy...a bit steep at the beginning, but then it levels out to a moderate incline with occasional flat sections. Good trail for kids. the lake at the top is always lovely.

7 months ago

We did this hike on a Saturday. It was busy, but not too busy. I think the reason it is rated as hard is because the incline is non-stop until you reach the lake. I prefer more of a rambling trail with both incline and some leveling out. The trail itself was well-worn and easy to follow. Not many views...mostly forest of aspen and pine. It was beautiful...but just know that it is a constant uphill.

Nice hike, beautiful view overlooking lake in Frisco. Two and half hours with frequent photo stops. Most of the incline is at the beginning before it forks to Lily Pad lake.

hiking
8 months ago

Very nice trail. Although it is rated on this site as "Hard", I would rate as "Moderate". My only guess for the hard rating would be because there is a steady upward grade for about 2 miles. The trail itself is well worn and easy to follow. The trail to the top was about 3.6 miles and took about 1.5 hours. Total for the hike was 7.2 miles and 4.25 hours (this included 30 min for lunch). Take plenty of breaks on the way up and you'll be fine. Pretty views of the ponds and the mountains at the top. Bring some extra warm clothes. There was a cold wind blowing and it hailed for a short time. Only downside was hearing the traffic on 70 West for a period of time.

9/16/17: Nice easy trail, but nothing spectacular. From the start to the end of the trail, where it intersects with Peaks Trail, was 4 miles. Total hike was 8 mi and took 4.25 hours ( included 30 min stop for lunch). We went on a Saturday and hardly saw anyone. Good hike if your just looking to get outside and enjoy the day.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. Not difficult. Wish the skies were blue and clear as the views are beautiful. Very hazy from the fires.

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