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Ptarmigan Peak

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 3.5 (20) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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8.4

Miles

13.6

KM

100%

Singletrack

11,536' 3,516 m

High

9,136' 2,785 m

Low

2,518' 767 m

Up

2,518' 768 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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

Overview

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.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Chris JD with improvements by Ian Mahaffey and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 20 votes

#2052

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  3.5 from 20 votes
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Photos

Singletrack Flow Heaven? | “Ptarmingin Trail - Silverthone, CO”
Oct 30, 2018 near Dillon, CO
From the bench on Angler Mountain Trail looking south
Jul 19, 2015 near Silvert…, CO
The view from treeline is remarkable.
Jul 19, 2015 near Silvert…, CO
An incredible wildflower display in July
Jul 19, 2015 near Silvert…, CO
View of the Gore Range a little after the Wilderness Sign
Aug 16, 2013 near Silvert…, CO
Lovely aspen forest after the initial difficult, steep stretch of trail
Jul 19, 2015 near Silvert…, CO

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May 28, 2021
Justin Greenbaum
The trail is in good condition, the first little creek has a small snow patch -about 5 feet- nothing to be worried about. 8.4mi — 12h 00m
Jul 19, 2020
Sawyer Waterman
Jun 29, 2020
jon J
A couple trees down along the route but all are fairly visible 8mi — 2h 00m
Aug 27, 2019
Chuck Hutchens
Tough trail for an out of shape flat lander! Nothing too technical. Though enough challenge to be fun. The hard part was just climbing at elevation. 8.4mi
Aug 3, 2019
Andrew Dostal
8.9mi — 2h 34m
Jun 11, 2019
Jonathan Orsborn
Jun 10, 2018
Aaron Hardy
To the wilderness sign 7.2mi — 2h 15m
May 27, 2018
Noah Watson