Silverthorne area suggestions

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Silverthorne area suggestions

Postby CHROMIS » Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:32 am

My wife and I will be headed to the Silverthorne area in a few weeks, and I would like to take her on a nice half day hike. I don't really need a 14er but maybe a 13 or 12 (but even that's not a big deal) Just looking for something that has some fun easy hiking on an fairly established trail, and good scenery to go with it, since she has never done anything like this before.

Does anybody have any good suggestions? Are there any good maps I can get for the area?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Silverthorne area suggestions

Postby TravelingMatt » Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:52 am

This comes up often, although there are no consistent search terms one can use.

The Ptarmigan trail is gentle, scenic, rather uncrowded and gets you above treeline, to around 12,400. Trailhead is above the cluster of hotels on the north bank of I-70.

Buffalo Mountain (the dominating round mountain you stare at coming down I-70) is another option, although the top part is a relatively steep slog through scree. TH is at the top of the Wildernest development.

There's the old standby of going up to Loveland Pass and doing Sniktau or Cupid to the south, but this will be crowded and maybe not committing enough.

My recommended map is the Latitude 40 map of Summit County.
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Re: Silverthorne area suggestions

Postby ketel1 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:49 pm

If you are willing to go towards Hoosier Pass, McCullough Gulch is a great hike. It sits below Quandary and follows the creek up as high as you want to go above treeline. There are waterfalls along this trail and dramatic scenery. TH parking can get crowded due to it's proximity to Quandary TH, so get there early for a better parking spot. If you go north, there is a great hike to Eaglesmere Lakes. They sit below Eagle's Nest Peak and are also just gorgeous. It is a stunning fall hike due to all of the aspen. You can find these here:
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Re: Silverthorne area suggestions

Postby pseudoghost » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:56 pm

I'd second McCullough Gulch. Eccles Pass is a good option as well. It's a bit long, but a nice easy day hike (that's not too exposed in case there's weather). You can go on from Eccles Pass to Deming or a few other 13ers as well.
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Re: Silverthorne area suggestions

Postby fleetmack » Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:14 am

If you can meet the following criteria:
a) don't mind a short drive (hour or so)
b) can either (1) hike on a weekday when it won't be busy (2) don't mind a crowd on a weekend
c) don't care if it's a 12er or 13er
d) love beautiful scenery

... then go to Hanging Lakes
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Re: Silverthorne area suggestions

Postby MtHurd » Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:27 am

Buffalo Mountain. Excellent views from the summit. Negatives = steep.

Buffalo Mountain Trail: 4 miles roundtrip, 3,200 ft. elevation gain, class 1
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Re: Silverthorne area suggestions

Postby Hungry Jack » Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:56 am

All good options. This web site should help.

Buffalo offers some great summit views of the Gore Range. It can be a bit steep through the boulder field.

Ptarmigan is fairly easy. You can also access it from a new TH at the Angler Mountain Trail, which is north on hiway 9 from I-70 about 4 miles. Here is a summary

You should also consider Eccles Pass, which lies about 1.5 miles southwest of Buffalo summit. It is a pretty hike up a gentle valley to about 12k ft.
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Re: Silverthorne area suggestions

Postby CHROMIS » Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:29 am

Thanks for all of the great suggestions, I will take a look at all of them in detail, but they all sound just about right.
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Re: Silverthorne area suggestions

Postby rockchalker » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:16 am

Go to Spruce Creek Road just a few miles south of Breckenridge, turn right on Spruce creek and go a short distance to the trailhead parking lot. From there you can do Lower/Upper Mohawk Lakes or Lower/Upper Crystal Lakes, both very nice hikes.
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