Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

Great hike. What a workout! Almost had the hike to myself and my dog. Steep and steady incline. Gets hot and limited water for dogs so pack in their water. Gorgeous views all the way!!

Awesome hike. Did feel the burning in the legs but well worth it. Trail was very well marked and easy to follow. My kiddos 7, 11,14 enjoyed it as well.

Good hike, coming from NH it was easy to adjust to. The trail is easy to follow and there were only a few other hikers. Awesome view of Dillon!

Nice hike with great views of Dillon. Great hike to get yourself acclimated when coming from somewhere like Texas. Easy enough hike, but it does intersect with a few others so make sure you know which trail you’re on.

Nice trail and is easy to follow. It was a great 2 hour hike with breaks. The trail is quite narrow for most of the hike, so it may not be good for young children. There were hardly any other hikers so it was nice to have the trail pretty much to ourselves.

hiking
13 days ago

Amazing views will deff be back!!

Tough but beautiful hike almost every step of the way. Steady steep incline but the views are spectacular. Creek was dry on July 4th so bring plenty of water!

Beautiful day in Dillon for an easy-ish hike (I'm a fat flatlander) with great views of the reservoir and surrounding areas. Was surprised that you could see both Breck and Keystone runs in the distance from the bench near the end of the trail. Parking is tight but we did ok in our truck.

walking
25 days ago

Best part is the constant view of Lake Dillon and all the Summit County peaks. A lot of deadwood and powerlines at the end. Uneventful ending and not truly the top. We came from the parking lot where Oro Grande also starts. We were three of the five pedestrians and the remainder of the folks we saw—about 4– were mountain bikers. Since we started at 5 PM I appreciated being on the western side to get sun all the way up and back again.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Gets pretty challenging around the halfway point. Also want to mention that we did see a cougar near the top where the last few switch backs are so those who bring dogs, make sure they’re leashed.

a must do if your camping here!

Killer views the whole way. Loved walking through the meadows, aspen groves and high alpine terrain. Took us about 4 hrs round trip. The top gets steep so bring good boots!

hiking
1 month ago

We arrived on a Saturday morning 11am. There is 2 parking lots/areas to start Tenderfoot trail. The first one is as you are coming up the small hill down the dirt road. You can start the trail where the sign says Oro Grande Trail or drive down about 1 mile to the end parking lot (there is another trial at the end of that road called Straight Creek). We started on the Oro Grande Trail which has mostly sun all the way up. Great views of Lake Dillon. The start has a good incline and at 9500 feet so we were quite winded. At the top there is a new trail that continues to go to top, and we told by local moutain bikers it is another 2 miles. We took the trail down that meets up with the second parking lot which was shaded with many aspens. Towards the bottom you get to a gate wtih a sign that says Oro Grand Trail or you can do down the trail to the second parking lot if parked there.

Used the rock creek trailhead this time and found it’s nothing to write home about. Animal leash-law rarely followed so fellow hikers show little respect. Trail scenery listless and downed pines everywhere from beetle kill. Highly camped before trailhead and at lakeside. Lakes low this season. Not a repeat. I’m local to the county.

Beautiful trail that takes you as much down on the way out as up. Boulder lake is amazingly gorgeous and the changing scenery between pine stands and aspens is great.

I didn’t like this trail and give it 3 stars because of the scenic lake at the end otherwise I’d give it 2 stars. Lots of dead fallen trees (because of the bark beetle) that blocked the trail. Not terribly scenic until the end where you’ll arrive at the alpine lake which is pretty. Very rocky trail too. Drive all the way to the end and park at the trailhead. A regular car might struggle because the dirt road is bumpy with potholes but doable I think. Ok trail- wouldn’t do it again.

Beautiful hike and well worth it! You defiantly need an SUV or a truck to get up the dirt road to the trail head. My dog and I did both the lake hike and the other hike to the old mining place. Took us about 7 hours to do both. If you plan on doing both trail make sure you bring enough water. On our way to the lake we came across a moose when we were about to the lake so make sure to keep your eyes out. My dog and I just hid behind some trees while it passed. The lake with the mountains in the background are beautiful. There are a lot of trees that have fallen that you will have to step over. I saw about 3 people the whole time I was there too. Overall would highly recommend .

Beautiful hike! Snowy at the ridge, but clear all the way there. The last mile is challenging—wear good boots and bring a warm layer.

hiking
7 months ago

Fantastic trail . I'm not at my fittest but the climb was easy given the beautiful views . Yes, we started at the water tower and went left up to Tenderfoot Trail , the big electricity pylons are a bit of an eyesore amongst the surroundings . Carry on until you weave through the fence and then we went left Down the trail from there . It's beautiful and snowy weaving through the forest . It was so quiet and peaceful . I had on hiking boots and it was a little slippy underfoot but nothing too bad .
I would highly recommend this trail

hiking
7 months ago

Like everyone else has mentioned, views are incredible. Most of the trails are covered in snow now but definitely still worth the effort.

Nice little hike. Great views. 75% snow covered - the rest mud at this point. Was fine with hiking boots, but trax would have been a good addition for some of the slippery spots.

Beautiful views of Dillon Lake, Ten Mile Range and Gore Range. Thanks to the review below, we did the full loop through the woods. 4.1 miles total. 633 feet of elevation gain. Trail comes out .6 miles up the road from parking area.

Easy access, reasonable parking, easy to find and follow trail. The views were spectacular, easy weekend morning climb. This would be beautiful any time of the year probably but seeing it in late September really had great fall colors going. Expect friendly company along the trail by other hikers, dogs, etc.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail, easy to follow, with views of Lake Dillon and Tenmile peak, and a great spot for fall color in mid to late September. It is now a loop trail that connects down to the road you started on, and the switchbacks down through the aspen & mixed forests are beautiful.

The parking area at the sign that says "Oro Grande Trail" is the place to start. Begin on that trail and shortly you'll see a sign for "Tenderfoot Trail" on your left.

Morning hike to Boulder Lake via Boulder Creek Trl., coming in via County Rd 1376 (the old way)... Driving in from this direction (as opposed to Rock Creek) the upper parking lot permanently closed. (Signage indicates the residents prefer hikers use the Rock Creek Trl. to access Boulder Lake which is a mile S on HWY 9). Drove back to the lower TH marker that also indicates street legal vehicles authorized. The Boulder Creek trail is part 4WD trail with dispersed camping, unmarked trail, gravel road via easement, and then upon entering the national forest the trail reveals itself. Fabulous tree colors, deer and chipmunk. Only go this way if you have some navigation experience and respect for private land, but worth it being on a very lightly travelled trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail with beautiful views! My dog and I did the new loop trail. We parked just past the water tank. Take first left and then small climb and then take right. Meander through the forest to the top of the trail. Then you come to the new fence which you need to weave through which reveals beautiful views of Lake Dillon. There are many benches from which to choose to sit and view the beauty below. Stay right at all intersections to make the loop back to the parking lot at the water tank.

Backpackers, don't park at the first parking lot unless you want to hike up a dirt moderate 4WD road for 1.5 mi. Drive through the gate and park at the upper lot. The map shows water along the way. Please note that these are small seasonal streams and did not lend to any camping spots along the way (we were with our kids and were looking for less mileage). Also, there is a sign posted at the junction of the gore range trail and boulder lake trail that says no fires at boulder lake. We decided to stay below the lake because of that. If was a nice hike, lots of up and down and nice views at the top of trail. Lots of downed and dead lodge pole, however. Also, what's with all the shooting?? We heard guns pretty much until you start the descent towards the lake. Like semi automatic constant shooting. And it is Bow Season. What??

hiking
10 months ago

They recently created a thruway, so you can do the whole loop (around 5 miles), which gives great views of Dillon Reservoir and the towns nearby. I went with my 60-year-old mom, and we had a great time climbing up to the top and descending down. The trails aren't super well marked, so be sure to keep to the well-treaded trails.

Did the whole thing in one day as an epic trail run for my 40th birthday.
Actual stats as verified by 2 different gps devices: 44 miles, 12,000 vertical gain if going North to South. North end of the trail is much less traveled and we had just a bit of route finding trouble and more than just a bit of deadfall across the trail. From Boulder Creek on to the south was clear of trees and well marked. Took us 12.5 hrs to do the whole thing.

Started the hike from Rock Creek trail head - trails are moderate, be prepared for constant change of up and down incline. Saw many deer and animals throughout the hike. Upon arriving to Boulder Lake it was absolutely stunning. Best advice is get there early (7-8am preferred) as more hikers show up mid day.

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