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You won’t beleaf these fall hikes

Published September 27, 2019
Eaglesmere Lake in Fal
Eaglesmere Lake with a fresh dusting of fall snow

As the leaves start changing and the temperatures start dropping, it is the perfect time to hit the trail in Silverthorne! We have rounded up a few of our favorite fall hikes in Silverthorne where the aspen leaves are most vibrant so you can enjoy your fall days in unbe-leaf-able beauty.

Eaglesmere Trail

Hike through aspen groves and meadows on this moderate, 3.6-mile one-way hike. As you ascend the mountainside through the aspens, you can see marvelous views of the valley to the south, with pockets of orange and gold standing out from the pines. This hike also offers stunning views of Tipperary Lake and Lower Cataract Lake. This hike is located north of Silverthorne by Heeney and can be accessed from the trailhead along Cataract Creek Road. 

Ptarmigan Trail

In the fall, Ptarmigan Trail is a wonderful hike to soak in the beauty of Silverthorne and surrounding Summit County. From the trail, you can take in Lake Dillon and the mountains filled with yellow and orange. If you make it to the summit of Ptarmigan Peak, you will be rewarded with views of the Williams Fork, Gore, and Ten Mile mountain ranges. Hikers can reach the Ptarmigan trailhead from the Ptarmigan neighborhood in Silverthorne.

Angler Mountain

Enjoy striking views of the Gore Range draped in fall colors from the Angler Mountain Trail. At 2.5 miles one-way, the Angler Mountain trail climbs through multiple aspen groves and meadows. This moderate hike can be accessed right in town in the Angler Mountain neighborhood behind North Pond Park.

Lower Cataract Lake in Fall
Lower Cataract Lake decorated in gold. Lower Cataract Lake can be seen from Eaglesmere, Surprise and Tipperary Lake trails, as well as the lower trail around the lake.

More Silverthorne Trails

There are plenty of additional trails in Silverthorne that offer hikes through stunning aspen groves and sweeping valley views, perfect for viewing fall colors. Visit Lower Cataract Lake for a great family-friendly option or Surprise Lake for a different route into the Gore Range then Eaglesmere.

If you are out on the trail this fall, keep in mind that hunting season and peak leaf colors tend to overlap. Wear bright colors and keep dogs close by when hiking in areas that are also heavily populated by hunters. And as always, be sure to stay on the trail.

Enjoy the trails this fall before we turn over a new leaf and head into winter!