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Ptarmigan Peak

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8.4 Miles 13.6 Kilometers



2,518' 767 m


-2,518' -768 m



Avg Grade (6°)


Max Grade (18°)

11,536' 3,516 m


9,136' 2,785 m


Shared By Chris JD



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A nice smooth trail with great views of the Gore Range along the way.

Chris JD

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The trail ends for bikers at the Wilderness sign. If you want to summit Ptarmigan peak, it's a mile of hiking one way.


A great steady uphill climb with optional hike to the summit. This trail has a nice singletrack path with a couple of small stream crossings. Would be a great early morning ride to avoid hikers and horses.

Need to Know

From I-70 take Exit 205, Silverthorne/Dillon, and travel north on HWY 9 for approximately 0.2 miles to the intersection of Wildernest Drive/Rainbow Drive, (Wendys is on the corner). Turn right onto Rainbow Drive and then right onto Tanglewood Lane. Follow Tanglewood Lane to Ptarmigan Trail Rd and turn right. Follow this road for approximately 0.8 miles to the trailhead parking, which is on the right side of the road. The trail starts across the road from the parking area.


This trail simply takes a steady uphill to treeline. The beginning is the roughest (and maybe the steepest) but you'll be rewarded with smooth singletrack terrain, pine and aspen stands and great views of the Gore range along the way.

Once you hit the Wilderness sign, you can leave your bike and hike up for a fantastic view of the area, picking out Long's, Grey's, Torrey's, Quandary and even Holy Cross peaks. When you turn around it's a fast rolling descent with some tight switchbacks.


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Jun 10, 2018
Aaron Hardy
To the wilderness sign 7.2mi — 2h 15m
May 27, 2018
Noah Watson
Aug 27, 2017
Matty Walker
Aug 26, 2017
brian firestone
Aug 1, 2017
Nina Brandt
Jul 6, 2017
JoLyn Maly
Jul 4, 2017
Alvin Torosyan
The 10% avg. grade is what killed me. The rocks were manageable. The approach to one of the creek crossings was really muddy and strewn with logs t... 10.5mi
Jun 22, 2017
Jesse Ahrendt
The first mile or so is brutal. Made the rest of the ride more difficult. That said the flowers and views were exceptional.

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Nick Wilder
Boulder, CO
Nick Wilder   Boulder, CO  
The beginning is brutally steep and redlined me in no time. I walked through much of the first quarter mile... but beyond that it's very ridable. Amazing wildflowers in July. Jul 19, 2015
Great up to the scenic vista. Lots of winter deadfall past the scenic view that blocks the trail - In need of some trail clearing for biking. Some snow towards the top that you have to hike through as well. May 27, 2018

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