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Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.50 mi (5.63 km)
Warming hut
No
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When the flakes begin to fall and the snowshoes are brought out of the closet, head to Lily Pad Lake for a quick out-and-back that has a little something for everyone.

The trailhead, which shares the same parking area as the Buffalo Mountain Trail, is located at the end of Ryan Gulch Road in Silverthorne. Unlike the more challenging hike up nearby Buffalo Mountain, the Lily Pad Lake Trail is a short, mellow cruiser over rolling hills, through tight forests of lodgepole pine, with the occasional open meadow featuring expansive views. It finishes at a frozen-over Lily Pad Lake at 9,925 feet.

The nearly half-mile ascent at the beginning of the trail will get hiker’s hearts thumping right out of the gates. The trail then flattens out and opens up through a clearing with views of Buffalo Mountain to the west and Dillon Reservoir, Keystone Resort and famous fourteeners Grays Peak and Torreys Peak to the east. Hikers enter a thick forest of old-growth lodgepole pine trees, many of which have been killed by the mountain pine beetle. The trail twists and turns, ascends and descends, keeping things interesting along the way. You’ll cross snow-covered streams and small beaver ponds that attracted fur trappers to the area in the early 1800s. Today, moose roam the area so keep an eye out and maintain a safe distance. The hike concludes after a short descent down to a frozen Lily Pad Lake where Peak One looms over the trees in the distance.

Hikers retrace their steps 1.75 miles back to the trailhead, where it’s just a five-minute drive down to the Towns of Silverthorne and Dillon for après-hike food and drink.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Good for families.

Cons

Can get crowded.

Pets allowed

Yes, with restrictions

Trailhead Elevation

9,825.00 ft (2,994.66 m)

Net Elevation Gain

127.00 ft (38.71 m)

Address

Ryan Gulch Rd
91800
Silverthorne, CO 80498
United States

Features

Big vistas
Old-growth forest
Cross-country skiing

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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