Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

53 minutes ago

We got up to the bench lookout point and figured we were almost to the top. After a little more walking we asked someone coming down how much farther we had to go and he said we still had about 4 miles left. We decided to then turn back around because we were not prepared for 12 miles of hiking. It was a beautiful hike but the description "3.9 miles out and back" is deceiving. It's 3.9 miles out and back if you stop and turn around at the bench lookout point. Having lived in Colorado for many years the lookout point wasn't too exciting. The rest of the hike was beautiful and a really easy day hike.

Nice easy hike. Lots of people at the pond

Beautiful hike right behind my home. Made it to the top the water was rushing and beautiful.

amazing views, fairly easy hike with changing views at every turn! took a little longer than we had planned! pack plenty of water. my 4 yr old was getting tired but not to steep to ride on her dads shoulders off and on! wear sunscreen and take bug spray. only downfall were the mosquitos were pretty thick. the views were spectacular and well worth the drive off the beaten path! would definitely do it again!

18 hours ago

We hit the trail around 7:30pm and made Surprise lake just at dusk. Recommend starting earlier as the this section is pretty steep. Surprise is very pretty but the upper lake is pretty stunning.
However, busy season and there were campers everywhere. Campers clean up your toilet paper!
5 star beauty but busy, busy. Not a secluded mountain.
4 stars overall
Easy to hike the 5.7 miles out

This was a fun and beautiful trail! We hiked 3.5 miles before we decided to turn around. We were hiking with our kids, 4 and 7 and they loved all the streams! It would be fun to do the full hike some day and see the lakes.

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.

2 days ago

Trailhead is very easy to find. Not a difficult trail by any means, but very nice and wooded. Went on an overcast afternoon and didn’t see too many people. The lake was so full of lily pads and flowers since we went in July. It was beautiful! Even some ducks at the larger lake. The chipmunks at the lake come right up to you and follow you around expecting food. Even though they’re cute, please don’t feed wildlife!

Good acclimation hike. Some spots worth stopping to take pics as you can see more mountains and aren’t completely surrounded by trees. Some cool stream spots too. Easy to find the trailhead and parking. I’ve hiked this a few times and it’s generally got a fair amount of people on the trail at all times.

There are 3 ways to get to th falls, and this is the lowest mileage but ALOT of elevation changes due to abrupt downhill rocky trail near the beginning... not too fun walking up at end of hike.
Took us 3 1/2 hours total. which included about half hour at the falls.
Beautiful and worth it!

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.

5 days ago

Worth the rocky first .5 mile by a long shot

6 days ago

Great family hike. Nice easy terrain with only a little change in elevation. My kids made it without much issue, ages 4, 7, and 9, although 4 yo ride in on my back much of the way. Nice pond and lake at the end to reward your efforts. Lots of beautiful wild flowers still in bloom on July 12, and lily pads were still in bloom. Lots of other people along the trail (families w young kids, elderly, dogs on leashes, trail runners), so if you want seclusion, this isn’t your hike. Totally recommend it for a nice leisurely hike, especially with younger kids.

Spectacular views, tons of variety in the landscape (valleys, mountain surround, waterfall, wildflowers, pine and aspen forests) and worth every bit of a trip to Colorado. My family including 3 kids ages 11, 9 and a very strong 5 year old made it around in about 3.5 hours with lunch, snack and several rest stops. There’s a lot of sun and some bugs, but neither were too bad.

There was a slightly tricky part for our 5 year old while climbing (2/3 of the way, we went left along the creek at the beginning) where there were lots of stones and roots to step over along a high, narrow ridge. If kids are young, timid or too rowdy, it would still be a worthwhile hike to turn back shortly after the waterfall.

Great easy trail with nice water features close to silverthorne. There are still spring flowers on trail. Suggest walking past Lilly pad pond a little. There’s a great vista of Frisco and Lake Dillon.

very good HIKE for those fit and ready to scramble at the top. 9.4 total miles. 5 hours total hiking time.

8 days ago

Amazing views will deff be back!!

The trail starts out really nice by a creek, but then heads out into a really flat, dry stretch for almost 2 miles. The waterfall was beautiful though, and worth the hike.

7/8/18. One of my new faves. I should say - this hike is mostly uphill for the first 2.5-3 miles. We are from Boulder and in good shape and we nearly turned around but were so glad we didn’t! After all the uphill, you are treated to amazing open meadows filled with flowers and unbeatable, close-up views of the Rockies. The wildflowers were to die for right now. We hiked a little over 5 miles up to a big meadow/clearing(Eccles pass?) and then turned around. You could definitely keep going if you wanted. We were exhausted at the end but so glad we found this special place. I should also mention we got there around 10:15 on a Sunday morning and there were plenty of cars but we had no problem finding parking. Completed the hike in about 5 hours and that’s with a stop for lunch,snack, and lots of picture taking. Enjoy!

Beautiful hike around the lake. Bring bug spray!!

It rained to start out, we got lost multiple times and didnt make it to the waterfall... Still had a really great time on this trail!! Smooth and not too challenging in terms of elevation. Would definitely do again, especially on a trail run.

This hike is beautiful and fairly easy. I would suggest bug spray, the mosquitos are ridiculously abundant and hungry.

12 days ago

Beautiful trail and scenery and pretty lake at the end! Be sure to bring bug spray, though! Lots and lots of mosquitos along the way!

Definitely worth hiking all the way to the falls

12 days ago

Beautiful views!
The trail wasn’t well maintained but it was easy to keep track of where you were going. We got an early start and only saw a couple of people on the trail. Take bug spray. We were eaten alive by mosquitos.

Lots and lots of downed trees on the trail, but the forest service was there on our hike out clearing. From the Rock Creek trailhead up to Willow Lakes, it's lots of up (nearly continuous), but it's a rewarding trail with very little to complain about.

13 days ago

Pretty awesome. Met a Moose and her little calf about 15 feet in front of us on the path today. We were both calm and they just moved on to graze. Trail was very clean. Trail had lots of trip hazards and a lot of opportunity for improvement. There were way too many dogs, many hikers had multiple big dogs and a number of them ignored the lease law.

14 days ago

Great aclimation hike. If you get a chance have someone drop off at trailhead and hike to Lily Pad lake and then instead of returning continue all the way down to Frisco at Meadow Creak Trailhead. After Lilly Lake the crowds disappear and the downhile hike is filled with meadows, aspen groves and Meadow Creek stream with great views. Only downside are the crowds on the way to Lily Pad Lake and at the lake as well as I-70 noise at the endpoint of Meadow Creek Trailhead.

Hard and up hill beautiful

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