Explore the most popular hiking 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.

on Ptarmigan Trail

hiking
3 days ago

This is a beautiful spring hike. There is definitely a bench just after the second stream crossing. It is a good place to to take a break and take in the view of Lake Dillon. This hike provides spectacular views of Silverthorne, Lake Dillon and the snow-capped peaks. It was a special treat to view the many spring wildflowers.

hiking
12 days ago

4 stars only because the trail was a major pain! We weren’t sure what to expect and just went for it. Lots of postholing and climbing over logs across the trail made it much more effort to get to the lakes. Talked to a woman who was on her way back with snowshoes, gaiters, the works, and she said it took her 4 hours to get there and it wasn’t much fun. We turned back after about 2.5 miles and I think most other folks out there did the same. Will have to attempt later in the summer as I hear the lakes are beautiful!

Hiked on 5/7/18 ( a Monday morning) with my dog. Lots of snow, slush and mud. Requires careful footing as the snow is fairly deep in many areas. Mid hiking boots were fine, but snow boots or trax would’ve been better. Also wished I had my trekking poles with me. Found some sturdy branches. Overall, it’s a very pretty trail and lake. Worth the hike. However, this was on a Monday morning with no one around. Would definitely avoid going here on the weekend.

hiking
19 days ago

Overall a nice hike, however, others spoke of a bench at the midpoint around 2 miles into the hike. I had no such luck finding this bench. My girlfriend and I both used our apple watches to track the distance. We walked to about 2.5 miles then decided to turn around. So it says its a 3.9 miles hike but the trail goes for much longer if you want to keep going. Also, there is a sign at the trailhead that says the trail goes on for 6.2 miles. Alltrails says the elevation gain is 961 feet, our watches said it was 1027 feet.

We hiked the trail in early May and it was quite snowy. We had spikes but didn't need them, snowshoes might be needed if you decide it keep hiking past the 2 mile mark. I would recommend having waterproof hiking boots though. So who knows the real distance of this trail. The area is beautiful with amazing views, and there was only a few other people hiking which was nice. It seems like every time I hike in Colorado I see 100+ other people. Sometimes its nice to listen to nature without everyone stomping though.

Beautiful hike this past weekend! Incredibly snowy, a few feet on and right next to the trail. Everyone else was skiing so I stayed in their ski tracks on the way up. Trail was packed due to the early time of day (and ski tracks), but as I got higher and the sun got more intense I started postholing a lot. I made it above treeline with only spikes. I would say trekking poles and snow shoes are a must. Wish I had made it to the summit but I'll be back to bag it this summer! This is definitely very strenuous so be ready to work up a sweat.

Happy hiking!

Great packed trail. Made it out just after the morning snowfall. Suggest spikes or yaktrax. Many off leash dogs for head pats.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Mar 24 2018 - Easy morning snowshoeing adventure. We got some snow the night before, so snowshoes were necessary for the duration. Some falling thru fresh powder involved here. I had the serene, snow-covered lake to myself at the top, and it was a really nice experience. No real excellent panoramic views and sporadic forest coverage. [3.3/5]

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful quick hike! We did it in March and probably should have worn yaktrax. I definitely will do it again!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Hiked part of this trail yesterday, the snow was packed enough for sturdy waterproof hiking boots for the first 1/2 hour or so thanks to XC ski tracks, then I threw on my snowshoes for the next hour. There seems to be plenty of side trails if you have GPS. I'm excited to do it in the summer months but will outfit myself and pup in bright colors as it's a hunting area in season.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

the trail was really packed down at the beginning so could get away with just yak tracks, but about a mile in got a little looser and you would probably want snowshoes. Overall a nice mellow meander through the snowy forest.

hiking
2 months ago

Well packed trail, we only used shoe spikes. Didn’t feel the need for snowshoes. Great view of Frisco along the trail, the lake at the end of the trail is beautiful!

on Lily Pad Lake Trail

3 months ago

Great trail! Perfect length !

Love the markings for flora! Steep at the start. Packed down and icy. Yak Trax would be a good idea in Winter. Lots of new home development :(

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Really nice little snowshoeing hike. Not too long and not too short. We had a blast. Weather was great!

snowshoeing
3 months ago

This was my first time snowshoeing and this trail was great. Beautiful with fresh snow just a day ago and not too hard. Next time I'll try more elevation gain and/or a longer hike. Great views near the trailhead and a pleasant place to stop at the lake.

In the beginning it looks rough, keep going. It mellows out and has some amazing views. I hiked this leisurely in four and a half hours with a nice break at the final view at the top.

cross country skiing
4 months ago

Watch for falling trees with gusty winds!

trail running
4 months ago

Awesome little run on packed powder. Great conditions!

Hiked this two days ago and managed to get about 300 feet away from the summit. The snow was very deep and after a point it became hard to see the trail and even with snow shoes i was going about 2 1/2 feet down into the snow. Still if you keep going it’s very worth the views at the top. Only thing that kept me from reaching the top was the extremely high winds.

hiking
4 months ago

Difficult to hike in the snow. Very steep the higher up you go and twisty. The views were beautiful but we were also told there was a cabin at the peak...yea, we couldn’t make it to the peak bc of how steep it was and there was no sight of any cabin anywhere. There were 2 other people that had snow shoes and got up a bit higher than we did and they found no cabin either.

Beautiful views!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Great trail!

snow covered, and it's pretty good until you get to tree line. then, the trail disappears and the snow gets very deep. It looked like we were close to the top, but I think we had a long way to go yet. We turned around after trying to wade through knee deep snow. Startled a ptarmigin on the way down.

hiking
5 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.

hiking
6 months ago

Definitely a cool trail but definitely not a winter hike. Managed to do it yesterday but probably took a few hours longer than it should have. Not mad about it at all, just sore from walking in unpacked snow most of the way. Incredible setting where the lakes are situated, which were frozen, just don't do it out of season unless you want a real good workout.

hiking
6 months ago

The first half mile had me wondering if this was going to be worth it. It definitely was. The views along the way are amazing.

Great option for flatlanders. All the aspen leaves have fallen, leaving great views around the lake. Lots of ducks and geese sheltering in west end near falls.

It is one of the most beautiful, scenic hikes I’ve taken ( it would only improve if there were some above-tree line hiking. It didn’t hurt that the Aspen where in full golden-glory with just enough of a breeze to “flutter” the leaves. Simply stunning. This is not a hike you conquer; it is one you savor, like a slow-cooked stew, a well aged Scotch, or a crisp evening around a campfire or burn pit with good friends or loved ones.

The moderate hike rating is accurate if for no other reason than it is nearly 9 miles round trip. And even though I hiked the trail on a Saturday it was not very congested (not at all like RMNP). I recommend this hike, take your time, you will not be sorry.

Perfect for those who are not serious hikers. Beautiful lake at the end of the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Went up for a quick sunset and was happy with the views. Didn’t have to hike far to get a great view of the valley.

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