Explore the most popular nature trips 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
2 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
18 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!

hiking
2 months ago

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

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 :(

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.

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!

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

My wife and I age 30 in good shape hiked this trail at a moderate pace to a boulder at the very top of the waterfall for a picnic lunch. We stopped in an open field to the left about 2 miles in that had a lake and a gorgeous view of mountain peaks. In all we stopped for a total of about 2 hours. We left at 9am and were back to the car at 3:50. Beware of horse poop and when you get to the middle of the waterfall, go through the woods to the right off the path to get to an upper path that takes you to the highest point of the waterfall on a bald boulder for a complete overlook. It doesn’t seem a lot of people know about that. We found it by chance. Absolutely worth everything. It was breathtaking!

great hike! Aspen groves, rubber crossing, water fall at the end. no complaints.

hiking
7 months ago

Somewhat steep beginning but quickly turns into beautiful views! Signs on the side of the trail identify the types of vegetation and plants which is great to share with visitors to the area.

hiking
7 months ago

Great views of silverthorne and the Dillon reservoir. I went up with snow on the trail from 10,500 feet on up which made it especially difficult!

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail! It starts out in an incredible stand of Aspens that were at the height of their fall colors. Throughout the hike the trees were amazing. We went the day after a 12" snow, so the trail was a bit soupy and there were a lot of downed trees. We are from the Midwest, so we haven't seen the aspens in their fall colors before, and this trail was an amazing indoctrination!

hiking
7 months ago

Up to the bench/overlook and back is a good quick hike, took us around 2 hours at a relaxed pace. Lots of aspens so it was a great fall hike. Like everyone says the first section is steep enough to get the heart rate up even if youre acclimated, but the pain is over quickly and the trail snakes in and out of the woods for some nice shade and leaf peepin' opportunities.

Trail can be very difficult to follow at times but the view down to the Vail Valley is worth it

backpacking
7 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.

Loved it! Perfect time to be hiking with the fall colors in full force.

Loved it! Perfect time to be hiking with the fall colors in full force.

hiking
8 months ago

Killer hike! The wooded beginning is soothing, smells great, and a peaceful easy start.

After hanging a left at the next sign you come across, the trail starts gaining elevation steadily until tree line and then you're smack dab in the boulder field that other reviews mention.

Keep an eye out everywhere for cairns, they start to stick out the more you look if you happen to loose track of the trail. The boulder field is filled with switchbacks and multiple variations of trails to navigate to the first false summit (near a very large boulder).

The trek to the summit after the false is a breeze after this point, unless you're mid-westerner like us and are eating the locals dust!

Obviously worth the incredible 360 views with both city and nature eye candy. We even got hitched at the peak! She's a real winner and loved every minute of it. Beers all around. Cheers and have fun!

Challenging, but fun! Took me ~4:20 total. I did sit at the top for about 20min though.

hiking
8 months ago

Way tougher than expected. I know that it is very subjective, but I would consider this hike even more challenging than Notch mountain or hiking Greys and Torreys peaks in one day.
Like previous reviewers said, the first mile or so through the forest is a walk in the park, but once the incline starts it doesn't stop.
I personally didn't mind the boulder field, it is kinda fun to look for cairns and trying to figure out the route. Once you get over the boulder field and you think you're on the top, you are not, ha! It is kinda false summit and you still have to go further to reach those sweeping views and friendly goat herd on top. So worth it!!!

hiking
8 months ago

The first half mile or so is pretty intense but after that it definitely flattens out. This would be a great hike to do in late Sept or October because there are a lot of aspens on trail.

Incredible view at the top makes it all worth it. Those DAMN boulders though....

hiking
8 months ago

Less dangerous than mountain biking, amirite Ahmed?? Very difficult start for the .5-1 mile with steep incline but after that you have great tree cover and impressive views. I'd recommend to inexperienced hikers that are looking for a relative quick hike but a bit of a challenge. Keep going past the listed marker on the AllTrails map to get a better view a .5 mile or so higher up the trail.

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