If you love a good hike you’ve come to the right place! Summit County (and Colorado) has some of the most beautiful scenery you’ll find anywhere and almost every step reveals a different view of the amazing Rocky Mountain terrain, flora and fauna.
Our favorite hike is to Lily Pad Lake (a good hike for beginners up to experienced hikers). We also enjoy the hike to Sapphire Point where the overlook offers a stunning view of Dillon Reservoir. (Sapphire Point is the only designated site where wedding ceremonies are permitted to take place on the Dillon Ranger District.)
If you decide to enjoy one of Summit County’s many hiking trails the following tips will help maximize your experience:
- Wear sunscreen
- Bring plenty of water and snacks
- Start easy on a trail that matches your fitness level
- Wear layers (synthetic is best) so you can adjust to the temperature on the trail & pack a light rain jacket just in case of unexpected showers
- Wear appropriate shoes
- Stay on the trail and pick up any trash & dog waste….leave no trace!
Use the links below to explore some hiking options to enjoy during your stay.
Lily Pad Lake Trail – Lily Pad Lake Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Sapphire Point Overlook Trail – Sapphire Point Overlook Trail is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Frisco, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Summit County Trails – view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
5 Must Do Hikes in Summit County – Informative article by Tor Linzee for the Best of Breckenridge Blog
The Best Summit County Hikes to do With Your Kids : FDRD – Family Friendly Hikes in Summit County
Hiking 101 by Summit Daily – Your guide to Summit County hiking trails, maps and other essentials
Thanks to the folks at alltrails.com for a lot of the information on this page!