Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

Nice hike! A good bit of the first part is along I-70, and the sound of traffic is annoying. Once you get beyond that, it is a nice, moderate incline to the lakes at the top. We will do this one again!

Great hike with beautiful views, the river, waterfalls, Aspen groves and even moose! The hike is uphill all the way with only a few areas it flattens out. Its rocky but shady with many spots to stop, take a rest and take pictures too. The lake at the top is very pretty. Make sure to keep going on the trail to the right past the lake and that's where Lily Pad Lake is located. The lakes are worth the hike! We saw 2 moose, but we also started on the trail earlier in the morning. We had to stop the first time because it was on the trail. So very cool to see them that close! Always keep your dogs on a leash.

18 days ago

Hiked the trail today with my family including two kids ages 10 and seven. The incline was harder than we expected, but we pressed on because lots of other hikers told us about the lakes at the end. Definitely harder than moderate, but we would definitely recommend it for those who want to get the full 6 to 7 miles of exercise and great sites.

Really nice hike for our first day in Frisco. Uphill at the beginning but lots of great places to stop, take in views, and catch your breath (we're flatlanders so it takes a bit to adjust to altitude). First lake is bigger and pretty but the second smaller lake has better blooms across it. Lots of wildflowers in bloom on the way too. Wasn't too busy on a weekday morning.

30 days ago

We hiked this today, 7/16/18. We are still acclimating to the altitude, but we stopped numerous times on the way up and it wasn't too bad. Lots of shade along this trail for most of the way. Wildflowers are in full bloom right now. Pack plenty of water!

Hiked this trail 7/2018 and flowers were beautiful as well as the lakes at the end.

Very peaceful walk through the woods if you hike a lot. A little uphill at places but never lasting for too long. We took the shorter pass to lily pad lake and took us 2 hours total walking at a leisurely pace. We saw a deer and some ducks but surprisingly not a lot of wildlife this time around. The scenery this time of the year is fantastic- all the flowers are in full bloom. So peaceful and enjoyable. If you’re looking for a shorter yet moderate hike to a destination lake, this is a great trail!

Did this hike yesterday! If you hike a lot it’s a super easy stroll! But the flowers right now are amazing and lily pad lake is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. This lake is smaller and on the right not the left! But is so beautiful and def worth the easy shorter hike day!

Nice trail. Lots of good camping sites in the trees above the lakes. I would recommend the Gore trail also.

Nice hike. Majority of trail is uphill to get up to the lake. There are breaks though. Don't miss the lily pond just a few feet past the lake. This would be a good hike in Fall as there are Aspens sprinkled throughout. Good hike with my 10 year-old.

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

1 month 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.

Beautiful trail to Lilly pad lake. Great views along the way including a view of lake Dillon.

on Wheeler Lakes

1 month ago

The trail and scenery alone are exceptionally beautiful. However I'm only giving it three stars due to the proximity to I70. There are other trails with easy access in the area that don't require hearing the interstate for a good portion of the hike.

A recent review mentioned no aspens... This is inaccurate. The first mile to mile and a half of this trail is jam packed with aspens as well as many different types of wildflowers. There are beautiful spots with running water on the trail although with the dry conditions those will be gone soon.

I agree with the moderate rating of this trail. Trail is well worn and easy to follow. Tons of salamanders in the lakes. Worth hiking, but probably not more than once.

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.

1 month 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.

This was the perfect hike for a leisurely morning post-camping. Mosquitoes here are pretty fierce along the trail - bring bug spray. A lot of the hike is in forested areas, but there are some open meadows too - bring sunscreen too!

what a beautiful trail!! be aware, it's quite hilly, but spectacular views make it totally worth it! I even saw 2 moose at the lake. only problem was they came too close for comfort and then blocked the trail for about 20 minutes, but it was amazing!

What a gorgeous hike! Great variety in sights to take in. We read the reviews before we decided upon this hike with our active 3 and 7 year old. It seemed that just the first part was steep. But I would have to say that 75% of the hike to lily pad lake is an incline and mostly on loose rocks. It was challenging as a family and not something I would recommend for parents hiking with kids under 7. We made the very most of the journey and the destination. I Would do it again without the kiddos.

Would use this trail for a good out and back leg stretch along i70 if you’re car sick or want to hike to kill time to avoid a 70 traffic jam (although I’d rather jog the frisco bike path then this).... FYI the trail doesn’t pass through intervals of aspens but through pines all the way to wheeler lakes. I don’t think I saw one aspen tree so the description is baffling, and the lakes are unimpressive as far as Colorado lakes go. Other more scenic hikes in the area I would recommend instead.

Wonderful trail with gradual elevation. Hiked to the relaxing sounds of a river, and various birds. There were several feet of snow at the final climb of the trail. Need long pants and solid boots for this. I went around much of it. There was also some significantly muddy areas that require good boots. Wonderful view of the mountains at the end of the trail.
Follow the written instructions to find the trail at this time, the trail mapped out has you crossing a river in the beginning and end that is quite deep at this time. So follow the bike path and hike under the highway as instructed.

If you feel up to it, you can go to the to of any of the peaks at the end of the marked trail. The view is worth it!!

Great trail. Busy at the lakes. I think this by far is less traveled and more peaceful. Was not difficult to hike.

Do the loop and start to the right when driving into the parking lot. A lovely trail, but have to watch the occasional forks that are unmarked.

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!

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.

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!

6 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!

7 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!

7 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.

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