Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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
1 day ago

Short but steep. Views at the top are worth it. No snow on the trail.

Short, easy hike with beautiful views of the Dillon Reservoir. Would definitely recommend stopping for a stroll.

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
11 days ago

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

This is a beautiful scenic side stop that overlooks the lake.

hiking
17 days ago

There was a decent amount of snow when we were climbing, but nothing unmanageable thought we didn't get all the way to the top. A bit slippery at times and steep throughout - we just had running shoes so might have been easier with snowshoes or crampons but still doable.

Very pretty with views of the town and nearby mountain ranges. Took us about an hour and a half to the ghost town area and rainbow lake turn off and back down, though much faster on the way back.

Great easy hike. Magnificent views. Super friendly little chipmunks. Good for people from out of town who get winded easily due to altitude. There’s also a bathroom and easy parking.

Challenging and gorgeous views!

Steep but so much fun and the views are totally worth it

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.

Beautiful short trail. Perfect sunny day. Snow was really packed making it icy in some places but not bad at all.

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.

3 months ago

Great hike. Very steep but well worth it.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

A great little trail good for all ages!

hiking
4 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!

its a nice little trail with amazing views. its a super easy walk with minimal elivation change. its a great walk for someone who's just gotten to the altitude from sea level. only 0.6 miles long its great for the entire family. the only down side to the trail is winter conditions can make it hard to get to if you dont have 4x4 or snow tires.

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!

Took about an hour total, stopping for many pictures along the way. The snow on the trail is packed down which makes for an easy hike. Not steep or strenuous at all! Beautiful views and many spots to capture them!

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.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

12/28/17. Steep but short trail, snow was packed in some spots but snowshoes helped a ton. Amazing views!

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.

5 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

Fabulous views! My fiancé and I hiked this trail in December to see the sunset. The trip took us about 50 minutes up, we spent about 20 minutes at the top taking in the view and the trip down was about 30 minutes. Google maps will direct you to the trailhead but there is no parking, park at the Frisco kayak park at the highway turnoff. The snow is packed down and the footing was a little slippery on the way down but well worth the trip if you’re in Frisco.

Good fun trail. Covered in light snow but not slippery

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