The Cupp's Summit County Condo

The Major Resorts Offer Summer Activities



Copper Mountain


Summer Activities


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 trailhead.

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 weekends though.

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.

Main 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 Lake trailhead.


Before You Go
Remember to pack the "Ten Essentials"
1) Water 6) Pocket Knife
2) Flashlight 7) Food
3) Matches 8) Map/Compass
4) Jacket  and other extra clothing 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

- Cruising
The trail 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 County area.

- 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.

>Copper 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 place. 
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 switchbacks.

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 and Rules


Cutthroat Anglers 970-262-2878

Silverthorne 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.

There are 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 raft's motor 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

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 Silverthorne 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 for some of the public courses in Summit County.

Breckenridge Golf Club:
(970- 453-9104) 0200 Clubhouse Dr., Breckenridge. This is a Par 72 public course, owned and operated by the Town of Breckenridge. Itís 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 Club:
(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 courseís fairways wind through areas that are ski and snowboard trails during the winter.
Keystone Ranch Golf Course:
(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.
Keystone River 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 Mountain.
Mt. Massive Golf Course:
(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! Youíll 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 Coloradoís majestic Gore range. Youíll find panoramic vistas at every hole. The course offers a blend of traditional and contemporary architectural design styles. Semi-Private Course

Horseback Riding
Summit Activities Center - 888-230-2844, 970-547-1594


Other Activities
Georgetown Loop Railroad  800-691-4FUN
Hot Air Ballooning - 970-468-9280
Hay Rides, Mine Tours Tiger Run Tours 800-318-1386
Gold Panning

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 Colorado