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Hiking in Frisco

Almost perfectly centered in the state of Colorado lies the town of Frisco.  Frisco is a beautiful community surrounded by mountains and breathtaking scenery.  While not as well known as some of the neighboring towns like Breckenridge or Keystone, there is plenty to do in the town of Frisco. Its proximity to Interstate-70 means easy accessibility to a lot of different Frisco hiking trails.

Eccles Pass

9.5 miles/ vertical 2800 ft.

This challenging hike starts with moderate, rolling terrain before climbing at fairly steady, steep gradient to the pass at 11,900′. The effort is more than worth it – you’ll be rewarded with some of the most stunning scenery in the region. Even before the final climb, you’ll be able to enjoy rolling meadows full of wildflowers, occasional mining ruins, craggy peaks, and pristine alpine ponds.  Keep an eye out for wildlife, as well, as you’ll encounter few other hikers along the trail. At the top of Eccles Pass, enjoy spectacular views of Red Mountain, Buffalo Mountain and surrounding area. Even though this is a difficult hike it is worth the views and solitude.

Lily Pad Lake Trail

5 miles/ vertical 700 ft.

The Lily Pad Lake Trail is a fantastic morning or afternoon hike for all ability levels.  The trail varies with steep sections and relatively flat sections and a mix of scenery from dense forest to alpine meadows before arriving at a pair of small and picturesque mountain ponds.  Several spots along the trail offer stunning views of the Ten Mile Range and Lake Dillon, with particularly gorgeous scenery in the fall when the aspen leaves turn yellow.  The lakes make for a great picnic destination, and ambitious hikers can continue further up the trail all the way to Silverthorne.

Rainbow Lake

1 mile/ vertical minimal

If you are looking for an easy family friendly hike you can do no wrong with the Rainbow Lake Trail.  A short distance and reasonably flat gradient of this hike will free you up to truly appreciate the natural beauty found in Summit County.  Rainbow Lake is a great picnic destination and there is some decent fishing in the spring and summer months.  For those seeking extra miles, the trail connects to the Peaks Trail, which travels all the way to Breckenridge.

Mount Royal

3.8 miles/ vertical 1300 ft.

The trailhead for Mount Royal lands at the very end of Frisco’s Main Street.  Mount Royal is not a particularly long hike at just under 4 miles but it is very steep gaining about 1300 feet of elevation.  The views going up Mount Royal are spectacular and you can use them as an excuse to catch your breath during the steep ascent to the summit.  Be sure to check out the abandoned Masontown site while hiking to the top, or, if you’re looking for a less strenuous trek, make Masontown your destination.  The shorter and mellower hike to Masontown is perfect for families with children or hikers on a tight schedule.

 

Tenmile Peak Traverse – Peak 1

8.7 miles/ vertical 4353 ft.

The same trailhead that brings you to Mount Royal will also bring you to the base of Peak One.  The Ten Mile Range of the Rockies consists of ten separate peaks all with very creative names.  They are labeled Peaks One through Ten.  The ascent to the top of Peak One is quite challenging but definitely worth the effort.  As you hike Mt. Royal, you will come to a fork; the right fork will take you to the top of Mt. Royal, while the left fork continues up the ridgeline over the peak of Victoria and up to the summit of Peak One. Once you get to the top there are fantastic panoramas of the Gore Range and the surrounding towns below.  Still have some energy left?  Traverse over to Peaks Six through Ten and you can hike down to Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Frisco hiking offers a diverse selection of easy and difficult trails with impressive scenery.