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Silverthorne is a hiker’s dream. Whether you’re looking for a friendly stroll or a heart-thumping summit, we’ve got it all. From paved paths to wilderness routes, our trails deliver hikers to a mountain paradise replete with wildflowers, whispering pines, and arresting views.

Buffalo Mountain (Difficult)

Topping out at nearly 13,000 ft., Buffalo Mountain is Silverthorne’s most iconic climb. At 5.3 miles round-trip, locals know it as a moderate hike with massive views of the county from the top. And, while this is a popular hike for people who live in Summit County, you might be sharing the view with another unexpected local -- the mountain goat. Trailhead: Travel north on Highway 9 to the first traffic light. Turn left on Wildernest Road. In roughly 0.2 miles, turn left onto Wildernest Road (again). Travel 3.6 miles on Wildernest Road, which turns into Ryan Gulch Road. Passing many condos, keep on this road until you reach a large trailhead parking area on your left. There are two trailheads. Be sure to take the Buffalo Cabin Trailhead.

Angler Mountain (Moderate)

Gain 1,200 feet in 2.5 miles as you pass through multiple ecosystems on this popular, mountain trail. After several creek crossings, the trail climbs through aspen groves and wildflower meadows with stunning views of the Gore Range. Trailhead: From Exit 205, travel north on Highway 9 for 2.1 miles then turn right on Bald Eagle Road, and proceed about a half mile to the trailhead on your right.

Lily Pad Lake (Easy)

Families will love this 1.4 mile (one way) mostly flat trail to a beautiful lake tucked amidst the evergreen forest only minutes from downtown. Kids will adore the beaver ponds while parents will soak up the majestic views of Buffalo Peak from the lake’s shoreline. Trailhead: Follow Highway 9 north out of Silverthorne and turn left on Wildernest Road; after about 3.5 miles the trailhead will be on your left.

Willow Creek Trail System and Willow Falls (Easy to Moderate)

With easy access to the Eagle Creek Wilderness and close proximity to town, Willow Creek is a perennial favorite. The trek to the falls is five miles round trip, and hikers also have the option of connecting with additional trails like the Mesa Cortina or the Gore Range Trail to Red Buffalo Pass. Trailhead: From Exit 205, take Highway 9 north for about 1.9 miles and turn left on Willowbrook Road, which dead ends at the trailhead.

Oro Grande Trail (Easy)

This scenic trail delivers jaw-dropping views of Lake Dillon and surrounding peaks. One of the rare “flat” trails in Summit County, it’s also a favorite among dog owners and families. Trailhead: At Exit 205, travel south on Highway 6 for 1.2 miles. Turn left on Evergreen Road at the traffic light and then take an immediate right on Straight Creek Road (County Road 51); the trailhead is 0.6 miles up on the right side of the road.

Ptarmigan Peak (Difficult)

This 12-mile round trip hike gains more than 3,400 vertical feet as it climbs to the summit of 12,498-foot Ptarmigan Peak. The peak’s broad, flat summit rewards hikers with panoramic views across the Williams Fork, Gore, and Ten Mile ranges. Trailhead: From Exit 205, head north onto Highway 9 for 0.2 miles and turn right onto Rainbow Drive. Next turn right onto Tanglewood Lane to Ptarmigan Trail Road. The trailhead is on your right in 0.8 miles.