Hiking

Hiking

Frisco Hikes

For more about hiking in Summit County and updated trail conditions:

Dillon Ranger District

White River National Forest | US National Forest Service | www.DillonRangerDistrict.com

(970) 468-5400 | 680 Blue River Parkway (across from Target) | Silverthorne, CO  80498

Rainbow Lake:

USNFS Difficulty Rating: EASY

Mileage: (From Second Avenue trailhead to Rainbow Lake) approximately .75 miles

Out and back, or take Miners Creek Road back to Town

Approximate elevation start: 9,097 feet  |  Approximate elevation end: 9,560 feet

Short and sweet, this locals’ favorite trail is part of the Peaks Trail that goes all the way to Breckenridge if so motivated.  Drive or walk to this trailhead: off of Main Street Frisco, turn south onto Second Avenue and follow this road to the trailhead.  Cross over the paved recreation pathway after stopping at the stop sign (use caution and yield to users of the path) to get to the trailhead parking area.  In the parking area you will see a sign with an arrow that says Rainbow Lake.  Venture through a wetland on a boardwalk, through Aspen trees and lodgepole pines until you arrive at a beaver pond called Rainbow Lake. This trail also connects to Miners Creek Road or the Peaks trail that heads to Breckenridge if you’re looking to continue your hike.

Peaks Trail:

USNFS Difficulty Rating: MODERATE to MORE DIFFICULT

Mileage: 7.8 miles one-way

Hike to our neighboring Town of Breckenridge and hop on the Summit Stage, or double back and end in Frisco.

Approximate elevation start: 9,110 feet (Frisco)  |  Approximate elevation end: 10,075 feet (Breckenridge)

Follow directions to Rainbow Lake (above).  Once Rainbow Lake is reached, continue following the trail past the lake and it will connect with a 4×4 road junction.  This road is called Miners Creek.  Cross the road and you will see the sign to continue onto the Peaks Trail and continue to parallel Miners Creek Road.  After 3 miles, you will come to an intersection with the Gold Hill trail on your left.  Do not take this turn in order to stay on the Peaks Trail. Continue on the Peaks Trail toward Breckenridge/Miners Creek Trail. At 3.3 miles you will come to another intersection with the Miners Creek Trail. Follow the sign for the Peaks Trail toward Breckenridge.  At around 4.2 miles the trail opens up to a meadow, continue following the Peaks Trail.  After 7.4 miles you will cross the Cucumber Creek 4×4 road.  You are near the finish of the trail!  Continue on the Peaks Trailhead Parking lot near the base of Peak 7 of Breckenridge Ski Resort.  This is the end of the trail.

Lily Pad Lake (from Meadow Creek Trailhead):

USNFS Difficulty Rating: MODERATE to MORE DIFFICULT

Mileage: From Meadow Creek trailhead to Lily Pad Lake: 1.3 miles

Out and back trail, or hike to Wildernest neighborhood via Lily Pad Lake trail and take Summit Stage bus back!

Approximate elevation start: 9,157 feet  |  Approximate elevation end: 9,917 feet

At exit 203 (the CO-9 exit for Frisco/Breckenridge off of I-70), take the roundabout around, but do not enter I-70.  Take the roundabout only to the dirt road that parallels I-70 Westbound.  You will see a sign for the Meadow Creek Trailhead. Parking is available down the dirt road near the trailhead sign.  This trail has switchbacks through Aspen tree stands.  At .6 miles into the hike, you will see the trail split to Meadow Creek or to Lily Pad Lake.  Take the path to Lily Pad Lake and go another .7 miles to the lake.  For an easier way to access Lily Pad Lake, check out the Lily Pad Lake Dillon Ranger District trail sheet for Wildernest neighborhood access.

North Ten Mile:

USNFS Difficulty Rating: MODERATE to MORE DIFFICULT

Mileage: 2 miles to Wilderness Boundary, 3.4 miles to Gore Trail intersection

Close backcountry access at the end of Frisco’s Main Street, great hike for dogs because of ample water access.

Approximate elevation start: 9,160 feet  |  Approximate elevation end: 10,826 feet

At exit 201 (the Frisco Main Street exit off of I-70), there is a National Forest trailhead for North Ten Mile Canyon along with a small public parking area for the trailhead.  You could also easily walk to this trailhead down Main Street from Downtown Frisco (towards I-70, away from Lake Dillon Reservoir).  This trail is a locals’ favorite because of its accessibility and closeness to Ten Mile Creek.  If coming off of I-70 to hike this trail, turn away from the Town of Frisco when you exit, and park just north of the interstate exit.  Don’t let the initial steep grade discourage you from continuing on this trail.  After the first mile, the trail levels out.  At the beginning of the trail you will see Chief Mountain, elevation 11,363 feet, to the right. On the left flank is Wichita Mountain, elevation 10,855 feet.  Along this trail there are multiple opportunities to view beaver ponds along the creek.  After 2 miles on the trail, there will be a boundary fence with a sign saying you are entering the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area.  Please keep in mind that designated Wilderness Areas of the National Forest require that pets be on leash at all times, and that all recreation in these areas is non-motorized.  After hiking an additional 1.4 miles you will come to the intersection of the Gore Range Trail.  Turning to the right (North) will eventually take you into the Meadow Creek drainage and turning left (South) will eventually take you up and over Uneva Pass to I-70 at exit #195 for CO-91 / Copper Mountain Resort.

Mount Royal & Masontown:

USNFS Difficulty Rating: MOST DIFFICULT

Mileage: 1 mile one-way to Mastontown, hike 1 additional mile to the top of Mount Royal for a total of 2 miles

Brag about this out-and-back trail after you’ve conquered Frisco’s most recognizable peak from Main Street.

Approximate elevation start: 9,097 feet  |  Approximate elevation end: 10,347 feet

You can walk or drive easily from Frisco’s Main Street to the Mount Royal trailhead.  Follow directions above to the trailhead for Rainbow Lake in order to park your car in a public parking area.  Do not begin hiking towards Rainbow Lake, however, as you need to go in a different direction for the most direct route to the summit of Mount Royal.  Walk on the paved Recreation Pathway that you crossed over in order to park your car West towards Copper Mountain/I-70.  Walk to the Mount Royal interpretive sign and trail head on the righthand side of the pathway.  Start the hike here.  Parking lot too full?  Try parking at the Kayak Park parking lot on West Main Street and walk the same Recreation Pathway back to the Mount Royal trailhead sign from the other direction.  This hike is considered a mountain replacement for a “Stair Master” machine, but offers spectacular views of Lake Dillon and the Town of Frisco.  This trail has no reliable access to natural water sources, and involves loose rock.  Hiking poles would definitely come in handy on this hike.  Masontown is an abandoned mining camp.  Left in the forest in the early 1900s due to a combination of factors, the remaining structures were wiped out by an avalanche in 1926.  There are still remnants of structures, mine shaft tailings and red brick foundations.  Please leave historic artifacts for others to enjoy.

 

Miners Creek Road:

USNFS Difficulty Rating: MODERATE to MORE DIFFICULT

Mileage: 2.5 miles one-way

This road helps people access to many other trails: Wheeler National Recreation Trail, Peaks and Gold Hill.

Approximate elevation start: 9,132 feet  |  Approximate elevation end: 9,965 feet

From Main Street Frisco, turn right at the traffic light at the intersection of CO-9 (a.k.a. Summit Boulevard here in Frisco).  After heading South on CO-9, at the first traffic light (County Road 1004), turn right.  This is the same entrance for the Summit County Commons government complex.  Follow this road for approximately 100 yards and turn right, then turn immediately left.  Be sure to yield to users of the paved Recreation Pathway.  Continue on this road for another 0.3 miles to the parking area at a gate.  This is the parking area for winter recreation access, and where to park if you’d like to hike the road.  During the summer, you can continue further up the road and get close to Rainbow Lake.  At the end of Miners Creek Road, there is a trailhead for Miners Creek Trail.  Driving is not permitted on Miners Creek Trail.