Explore the most popular lake 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.

Hiked on 5/25, snow is melted, just a little mud in spots, but you can get around it. It’s a lot of fun to take kids, and is one of my son’s favorite hikes. There are actually two small lakes at the end. We really enjoyed it.

hiking
14 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.

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]

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
3 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 !

snowshoeing
3 months ago

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

snowshoeing
4 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.

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!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Great trail!

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.

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.

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

hiking
7 months ago

Great in/out hike today. First, half of trail wasn't too bad, some mud and snow. Later half was covered in 3-5 inches of snow. Wish we had some spikes with us but nothing too bad. Didn't see anyone except a few hunters.

hiking
7 months ago

Fun hike not too challenging except we didn't realize it was an out and back and ended up on Meadow Creek as we didn't turn around. We had to turn around and come back up (which was difficult) as we were not near our car. It ended up being much longer but fun.

hiking
7 months ago

Great easy trail that ends with a beautiful lake & view!

We really enjoyed the hike!

This is a great trail to do if you are just starting off with hiking and want to see some of Colorado's gorgeous views! I have only hiked once before and this was comfortable for me. We went in October and it was very muddy, so keep that in mind when deciding on shoes. The scenery we saw while hiking this area was out of this world!

hiking
7 months ago

This was a fun trail and the views are gorgeous. We went on a Wednesday morning at 8:30am and saw 7 or 8 other groups/couples on the way down so I imagine it’s busy on the weekends.
I recommend a hiking stick as the footing was slippery in places.
I also think we parked and entered at a different start point because our total round trip was 4.5 miles.

What a delightful surprise! Went on a Friday afternoon in late Sept. Stunning leaves! Hardly any people. I didn't run into anyone on the trail! This is an easy trail, but there are some very steep and narrow areas. There is a massive waterfall coming off one of the mountains that feeds the lake. It is worth the short drive from Silverthorne.

backpacking
8 months ago

Great trail

backpacking
8 months ago

Fall colors at their best this week. We camped at Eaglesmere Lakes. Didn't see any mammals at this altitude, including humans. It was beautiful and peaceful. Be prepared for night time temps in the 30s now. No facilities at the parking area or lakes.

backpacking
8 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous trail and only moderately difficult. We had some trouble because the signage is terrible and the map we had was garbage. However, despite adding an extra six miles to our hike, we had a great time. Camping near the upper lake was epic. Fishing was great. Very chilly up at the lakes but the trail was warm most of the way up.

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.

It was a nice trail and the lily pad lake was neat. But the foliage wasn't crazy green, in fact, a lot of the area looks like it was burned in a fire 10 years or so ago. But luckily mostly at the beginning of the trail.

Worth going and not intense, but not the most beautiful for the drive out.

Beautiful lake and trail. Narrow but easy trail to navigate. There are a few tricky spots where you could slide down steep dirt without proper shoes. Not too busy and plenty of parking.

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