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

hiking
5 days ago

This hike is one of my favorites. The beginning of the trail is lined with many dead trees. But, the ground cover and aspens are gorgeous in the fall! There is about a mile of steep incline. Otherwise the trail is fairly moderate. The last lake is about a mile from the first lake, but it is definitely worth the time and steps!

Beautiful views of the mountains and aspen colors. Got lucky with the weather, leaves we're peaking and mountains we're snow dusted.

Great hike to see pretty fall colors in the mountains. Moderate trail on the initial 3/4 mile (?) or so climb, then levels out and is easy. In the first clearing you’ come to a gravel road. It looks like the trail should continue straight, but there’s a brown wooden sign with a big arrow pointing left. Turn left to walk up the road about 100 ft to continue on the trail. There’s a log near the arrow now signaling not to go straight. Anywho, enjoyable trail.

9/30/18: Beautiful and challenging for a backpack trek. Aspens are great all the way up to the lake. The trail is steep, but not too painful. The trail is very narrow in sections and one portion is cut into a hill and you feel as though you might slide off. Trees were great this weekend. If you’re going up to camp, please mind the 100’ from the lake expectation, even if you see an established camp. Also, to those with dogs: the first few miles are on a southern slope and it was hot. No water access until the lake.

Great fall foliage!

backpacking
17 days ago

No overnight parking at the trailhead. There are signs posted at the parking area, and Silverthorne police does patrol and enforce.

hiking
17 days ago

This is an amazing hike. The first quarter of a mile or less has some burned forest but after that it gets really pretty. The walk is from moderate to hard, it gets tough at times but so worth it! Getting to the water fall definitely made our day, the view is impressive. We sat for a good 20 mind to half hour and the experience was really relaxing.

This hike beat us. It was tough and steep, but very beautiful. We are from sea level. The altitude also got us. The views are worth it, even though we didn't make it to the top. The scree/talus field did us in. We climbed it for a bit and had .8 of a mile and 1,000 ft of elevation gain left. That was our first encounter with rock like that and we gave it our best shot. On our climb down from the field, we got way off the path. Thank goodness for the GPS tracker in this app!

hiking
19 days ago

Amazing hike with spectacular views and fall Aspen colors. We did the whole 11 mile loop including Gore Range and Surprise Lake Trails - took us 6 hours.

Wonderful hike.
We stayed the night at the very furthest lake.
We are missing our tent poles though.. if anyone has found them on the trail please contact me my email is shea.marie1432@yahoo.com

hiking
22 days ago

Steep at first but it levels out. The aspen are beautiful!! Definitely worth it.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful hike! Lots of diverse scenery....aspen groves, pine forests, open meadows, lovey views across the valley. Aspens were just about perfect this weekend. It was mostly uphill the entire way & the trail could get quite narrow, which made it seem more difficult. Lakes at the top were not the most picturesque I’ve seen but a nice place to have lunch before heading down.

Really nice trail, very cool to see the contrast from the burn against the new growth. A lot of the way there is actually downhill- the way back is where it becomes strenuous!!! The waterfall is just beautiful and you can get right up next to it—-we had a mama and baby mountain goat join us at the waterfall, apparently was their watering hole. Highly recommend!!

hiking
26 days ago

Recently ranked hardest hike in Summit County and top 5 hardest hikes in Colorado -- and, after hiking just about everything else in the area, I would have to agree. My roommate and I literally decided to do this hike on a whim after staring at this mountain for 2 solid years. Middle section of the hike is brutal and most of the 3000 ft of elevation gain happens in little more than a mile and a half. The trail is relentless going up and down and the skree field in the middle is tough. Warning, I brought my lab (like I do on all hikes) and she barely made it through the middle (and she is probably one of the most capable hikers you will ever meet). I would recommend you not bring your dog past tree line unless you know he/she can handle it. View at the top was amazing, and incredibly silent. Bring lots of water, nothing past a small creek very early into the hike. Would I do it again -- probably not -- but it was worth it. FYI, it took us about 5 hours out and back, and we are pretty solid hikers.

Excellent fall color and great views of Gore Range, Lake Dillon, and Ten Mile Range.

The beginning was quite steep. It did level out some. To do the 3.9 mile hike you need to turn around at the point where you hit the cross of another trail. I did not see a bench. The views were beautiful with the fall leaves.

29 days ago

After 30 years in Summit County this Was an unexpected jewel. Particularly late in mid September with the foliage. Oh yeah we ran into a couple bull Moose having a little fun :)

Beautiful fall colors. Trail is steep at times, and consistently uphill. Gorgeous views throughout. Only downside is the power plant next to part of the trail. Posting some pics.

Beautiful trail to wander in the height of fall. There are amazing views of leaves, mountains and the valley all the way up and down. Things to note: The parking lot is small and was full when we arrived late morning on a Saturday. There is no street parking allowed. Although the hike has some lovely shade it is 70% exposed and when it’s dry it’s very dusty. I’d recommend bringing plenty of water for you and your furry friend. It’s definitely a moderate trail with incline all the way up except for a few spots. Enjoy!

I am a Summit County resident and have hiked many of the surrounding peaks. I think Buffalo offers some of the most stunning views. I completed the hike in just under 4 hours round trip. The Boulder field was not that bad and the carins were pretty easy to follow. Over all, this was a very nice hike.

hiking
1 month ago

such beautiful Colorado during fall! 10/10 would do it again.

backpacking
1 month ago

Starts off narrow with no view but that changes. I enjoyed the trail. It was a good warm up for our loop. We ate lunch at the lakes. I would recommend it for anyone trying to avoid a crowd.

Decided to review this trail again for the fall! Gorgeous! Do it NOW! Still challenging vertical on the front end but completely worth it. Stunning views all the way up... Posting fall pics, the colors were breathtaking!

hiking
1 month ago

super easy trail with great view of Dillon lake. took my dog up and had a great time. aspens are slowly changing right now which makes it even more beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

What a great little hike! Easy to get to from Denver, leave early. Hike has moderate elevation gains and is never too difficult. I would suggest being on the trail no later than 8 am as it starts to get a little busy and the trail is very narrow. One additional note, keep to the right at the Gore Trail/Eaglesmere signpost.

I would give 5 stars but the enormous, uphill boulder field brought it down for me. We ended going straight up the boulders because we lost sight of the cairns. I would suggest wearing gloves, I beat up my hands climbing up and down the rough boulders. This was more challenging then the 14rs I've climbed so don't be decieved into thinking it's easier due to only being13,000 feet. Watch for the cairns they're easy to miss. We were disappointed that there weren't any mountain goats visible, since it seemed as if most people would see them that have climb this mountain.We did see some medium sized birds running around that looked like large mourning doves. The views at the top made navigating the boulder field worth it.

5.9 miles and 2362’ gain from Surprise Lake TH to Upper Cataract lake. Although steep in the beginning, the trail mellows out around 3 miles and it is so beautiful.

We backpacked one night. There’s a permit to fill out at the TH—please read the rules. All of the lakes here have a 100 foot minimum perimeter to camp nearby. Even though you see a spot right next to the lake, you should move back and away from the water.

We observed several groups of people and dogs camping a mere 4 feet from the lake shore. Please follow backcountry rules! Keep it beautiful.

We found plenty of great spots tucked up above the lake and in the trees, you just have to look for them. Great spot for fishing and set in a beautiful basin.

This definitely had a lot of different scenery from a burnt out section to lush green to a waterfall. Loved it!! There were a few times we were not sure where the right path was so that made it challenging, but overall I would do it again.

It was beautiful, but poorly marked. About a mile in the trail comes to a rocky area filled with large boulders. The trail continues directly across, but is not visible from the other side. We got lost, going up another path that appeared to be the trail and was marked with pink tape, which we removed. Coming back we had the same problem, losing the trail in a rocky area, going below the rocks instead of above, where the trail appears to have continued. The trail was moderate, a good workout, and beautiful all the way through. The falls were also lovely!

backpacking
1 month ago

First part of the trail from the lower lake is a steep grade change. Grade calms down after surprise lake, but is still a climb. The Eagles nest route is longer but less of a climb. This trail has become very popular since the first time I hiked it 40 years ago. Beautiful views, while a backpacking trail it can be a day hike, but start early as weather is always a factor.

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