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About 100 yards away from the front door there is a
branch of the Lily Pad Lake trail. The CrossCut trail is one of the trails that
connects to Lily Pad Trail. This trail has about 20 branches. So you can
reach the more gentle trails of the area for a morning walk or take a day and
climb Buffalo Mountain if you are in the mood for a challenge. This connects to
the Gore Range Trails which goes for probably 30 miles along the Gore Range. There is also a
beautiful waterfall in the area.
To get to the trail head go out the front door and down the
walkway towards the parking lot, but go towards Building A, Walk through the
Building A-B Parking lot and cross Wildernest Street onto Wildernest Court.
Follow this street to Black Bear St and turn right and the street dead ends into
The US Forest Service has an office. (about 6 blocks North of the Outlet
Mall on Highway 9). They are extremely helpful in finding
trails and providing some basic maps. Last time I was there they weren't open on
TRAIL PAGE - This is a page
I have created with lots of information and links to tons of information
on trails. If you want to learn about Summit County Trails, This is the
place to go.
Lily Pad Lake Trail description from Summit County Explorer. This
page also has descriptions of about 15 other hikes in Summit County.
My description of the Willow Creek Waterfall
Hike June 2002
Both of these are accessible by driving about a quarter mile from the
condo. Just turn left out of the parking lot and right at the main road.
You will see the trailheads for both at the top of the road, before it
loops back around. You can connect to the Lily Pad Lake trail from the
trail near the condo.
Cataract Lake is also one of my favorite areas to hike.
There is a short hike around the lake that is very nice, and you can make a big
loop taking in about 5 lakes if you are in good shape. The area is about 15 minutes north of the Condo.
The last part of the road is
a little rough, but any car can make it. The area is a fee area so you will have
to pay $4 per car I believe. From Silverthorne, 16 miles north on Colo.
Hwy. 9. Left on Heeney Rd for 5 miles. Left on Cty. Rd. 1725 2 miles to Surprise
Before You Go
Remember to pack the "Ten Essentials"
||6) Pocket Knife
|4) Jacket and other extra
||9) First Aid Kit
|5) Sunscreen /Sunglasses
||10) Fire Starter
Wildernest Sports Rentals
Mountain Sports Outlet 970-262-2836
Team Managers 970-668-3478
Fat Tire 970-468-2747
around Lake Dillon is beautiful. We can't wait to take our daughter on a lap in the
bike trailer this summer. There are about 75 miles of paved trails in the Summit
- Mountain Biking
There are many great trails around Breckenridge and Keystone.
There are also a few You can purchase a lift ticket at the resorts and
get some great riding without having to wear yourself out climbing.
Mountain Area mountain bike info and trail map.
- Road Biking
For a warm up there is a trail around Lake Dillon, You can then move up
to the trails between Frisco - Breckenridge and Copper Mountain.
If you want to climb this is the
Hoosier Pass is one of my favorites You can climb from Breckenridge to the
Summit. There isn't much traffic as not many people use this road, but the
asphalt is in good condition. The ride is about 10 miles climbing from about
9,500 feet to about 11,500 feet. The last two miles are the steepest with
There is a nice trail between Frisco and Vail over Vail
Pass and Loveland Pass is a great challenge if you want a lung buster. You can
see profiles and maps of both of these on the Triple
Bypass Race website.
The old summit seasons website gave you distances and
directions for some of the trails and rates them. Here is a sampling.
Easy - Frisco to Dillon 18 miles. Moderate - Copper Mountain to Vail Pass
8 miles. Difficult Frisco to Vail Pass 18 miles or Frisco to to Loveland
Pass 44 miles.
My father likes to fly fish while my mother shops. Since the
Silverthorne Factory Outlets are set on the banks of the Blue River, It is
incredibly convenient for them to each have their individual activities and still meet for lunch and swap stories. Rivers
Factory Stores - Hundreds of stores including J. Crew, Nike, Tommy
Hilfiger, Gap, Levis and more. The smaller Dillon Factory Stores Outlet
includes Coach, Reebok and Donna Karan. Plus there are hundreds of local
shops that are great for browsing, especially in Breckenridge. See the
shopping page for more info.
several different sections of the Arkansas: Browns Canyon, the most popular,
Numbers and Narrows, a little tougher, and the Royal Gorge, even tougher. The
Arkansas is about an hour from Silverthorne, but some companies will bus you
from Summit County. The Colorado is also popular, but can be pretty slow unless
it is June. You might want to check it out if you have smaller children. Many
companies also raft the Eagle and Clear Creek, but I haven't rafted either o
these rivers so I
won't offer my opinion.
You can select the type of raft you want as well. If you want to be involved in the paddling, get wet (and
possibly cold) make sure and get a 'paddle boat' (the customers act as the
and the guide in the back steers). If you prefer to stay a little more dry enjoy
the views and have the guide do all the work (good for smaller children) you
might want to opt for a 'Oar Boat' (You simply hold on to the raft and the guide is the
motor and steers, although sometimes they offer paddles to a few of the people
who want to get involved)
This is a "Rafting
Primer" article from GORP.com
There is a second exit from Building C on the opposite corner of the lobby from
where you enter from the parking lot. Take this exit and you will be looking at
the Tennis Courts.
Colorado Kayak Supply is at Highway 9 and Wildernest and has rentals by
classes. I took the class and it was great. The roll clinic helped me
(a little previous experience) and my friend (no previous experience)
immensely. The next day on the Colorado River was a blast, and the lesson
with equipment cost less than a ski lift pass/lesson/rental.
There are also introduction and roll classes taught at the
Recreation Center on some Tuesdays and the Breckenridge
Recreation Center on some Thursdays.
There is a kayak rodeo park in
Breckenridge. Colorado Kayak has
rentals and info
Canoeing, Sea Kayaking Colorado
Kayak has rentals and info
This is a summary from www.summitcolorado.com
for some of the public courses in Summit County.
(970- 453-9104) 0200 Clubhouse Dr., Breckenridge. This is a Par
72 public course, owned and operated by the Town of Breckenridge. It’s
the only municipally-owned, Jack Nicklaus-designed course in the world.
The mountain terrain includes streams, beaver ponds, native grasses, sage
brush and natural wetlands.
|Copper Creek Golf
(970-968-3333) 104 Wheeler Place, Copper Mountain. This Par 70
course is a true mountain course, placed among towering pines, alpine
ponds and Ten Mile Creek. Three of the newly remodeled course’s fairways
wind through areas that are ski and snowboard trails during the winter.
(970- 496-4250) 22010 Highway 6, Keystone. This Par 72 course
has a few, slight elevation changes, a lot of bunkers and some hazards
thrown in for good measure. It was originally the site of a cattle ranch
and lettuce farm. Today, it winds through lodge pole pines, around sage
meadows and across a nine-acre lake. The course has a Scottish "linksland"
design on the front nine, and a traditional mountain valley layout on the
back nine. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Course Golf & Nordic Center:
(970-496-4444) Elk Drive, Keystone. It took seven years to plan
this Par 71 course and three to build it. The first tee features a
100-foot drop with magnificent views of the Continental Divide. The rest
of the River Course front nine meanders along the Snake River, providing
water hazards and wide fairways. The back nine features dramatic elevation
changes and breathtaking views of Lake Dillon, the Gore Range and Buffalo
|Mt. Massive Golf
(719-486-2176) 259 CR 5, Leadville. This is a public course
sited at 9,680 feet in elevation on the edge of the San Isabel National
Forest. Rates are reasonable. The Mt. Massive course also claims to be the
highest golf course on the continent. No doubt the claim is accurate!
You’ll find outstanding views of the surrounding snowcapped peaks of the
Sawatch, Collegiate and Mosquito Mountain Ranges. It sits on the Arkansas
River Valley, below Turquoise Lake, just 3.5 miles west of the old town of
Leadville. Public Course
|The Raven Golf
Club at Three Peaks:
(970-262-3636) 2929 Golden Eagle Road, Silverthorne. This is a
Par 72, semi-private course situated in Colorado’s majestic Gore range.
You’ll find panoramic vistas at every hole. The course offers a blend of
traditional and contemporary architectural design styles. Semi-Private
Summit Activities Center - 888-230-2844, 970-547-1594
Hot Air Ballooning - 970-468-9280
Hay Rides, Mine Tours Tiger Run Tours 800-318-1386
One company that offers many different types of guided
tours Summit Activities
Another website with a list of activities SummitNet
website with a list of activities and online coupons Discover