If Summit County is Colorado’s playground, then Sapphire Point is the crow’s nest overlooking all the action.
Perched atop Swan Mountain Road, Sapphire Point Trail is a short loop that features views of Dillon Reservoir, the Tenmile Range including Breckenridge Ski Resort to the south and towns of Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne. To the north lies the Gore Range and Buffalo Mountain. It is popular with those in search of a quick workout, or families looking for a relaxing spot for a picnic because of its short length and minimal elevation gain. With its convenient location and stellar scenery, Sapphire Point is also a desirable spot for weddings any time of the year. However, if you’re looking for seclusion, you won't find it here as you’re almost guaranteed to run into other hikers on the popular three-quarter-mile trail.
The trail is a loop that can be hiked in either direction. The overlook where weddings are held is just 100 yards from the parking lot if you are traveling in a clockwise direction. The viewpoint is also home to numerous chipmunks and squirrels in winter, but please do not feed the wildlife. If you are traveling in a counterclockwise direction, there are picnic tables a few hundred yards in from the trailhead. The trail can be accessed with snowshoes after a fresh snowfall, but due to its popularity, it will likely be packed down and microspikes will be the best choice to add a bit of traction.
For those looking for a family-friendly winter adventure blending convenience with scenery that features one of the best views in Summit County, then look no further than the Sapphire Point Trail.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.