Snowshoe Adventures

Posted by: admin November 8th, 2020

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Rainbow Lake:

USNFS Difficulty Rating: Easy

Mileage: (From Second Ave trailhead to Rainbow Lake) approximately .75 miles

Out and back, or take Miner’s Creek Road back to Town

Elevation starts about 9,097 feet, ends about 9,560 feet

Short and sweet, this locals’ favorite trail leads to the Peaks Trail, which goes all the way to Breckenridge if so motivated. Drive or walk to this trailhead: off Main Street, Frisco, turn south onto Second Ave and follow this road to the trailhead. Cross over the paved recreation pathway after stopping at the stop sign to get to the trailhead parking area. In the parking area, you will see a sign with an arrow that says Rainbow Lake. Venture through a wetland on a boardwalk, through Aspen trees and lodgepole pines until you arrive at a beaver pond called Rainbow Lake. This trail also connects to Miner’s Creek Road or the Peaks Trail that heads to Breckenridge if you are looking to continue your hike.


Peaks Trail:

USNFS Difficulty Rating: Moderate to more difficult

Mileage: 7.8 miles one-way

Elevation starts at 9,110 feet in Frisco and goes up to 10,075 feet in Breckenridge

Follow directions to Rainbow Lake. Once you have reached the lake, continue following the trail past the lake and it will connect with a 4x4 road junction. This is called Miners Creek. Cross the road and you will see the sign to continue onto the Peaks Trail and continue to parallel Miners Creek Road. After 3 miles, you will come to an intersection with the Gold Hill trail on your left. Do not take this turn so you can stay on the Peaks Trail. At 3.3 miles you will come to another intersection with the Miners Creek Trail, follow the sign for the Peaks Trail. After 7.4 miles you will cross the Cucumber Creek 4x4 road. You are near the finish of the trail! Continue on to the parking lot near the base of Peak 7 at the Breckenridge Ski area. This is the end of the trail, you can either turn around and go back, for a nice long hike or take the bus located at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 back down to downtown Breckenridge and catch the Summit Stage back to Frisco.


Miners Creek Road:

USNFS Difficulty Rating: Moderate to more difficult

Mileage: 2.5 one way

Elevation starts at 9,132 feet and ends at 9,965 feet

From Main Street, Frisco, turn right at the traffic light and head south. Take a right at the traffic circle and turn onto County Commons. Follow this road for about 100 yards and turn right, then turn immediately left. Be sure to yield to users of the paved Rec Pathway. Continue up this road for another .3 miles to the parking area at a gate. This is the parking area for winter recreation access, and where to park if you’d like to hike the road. During the summer, you can continue further up the road and get close to Rainbow Lake. At the end of Miners Creek Road, there is a trailhead for Miners Creek Trail. Driving is not permitted on the trail.

North Ten Mile:

USNFS Difficulty Rating: Moderate to more difficult

Mileage: 2 miles to Wilderness Boundary, 3.4 miles to Gore Trail Intersection

Elevation starts at 9,160 feet ending at 10,826 feet

At exit 201, the Frisco Main Street exit off 70, there is a National Forest trailhead for North Ten Mile Canyon along with a small public parking area for the trailhead. You can also easily walk to this trailhead down Main Street from Downtown Frisco towards 70, away from the Lake. If coming off 70 to hike this trail, turn away from the Town of Frisco when you exit and park just north of the interstate exit. Don’t let the initial steep grade discourage you from continuing this trail. After the first mile, the trail levels out. At the beginning of the trail, you will see Chief Mountain, elevation 11,363 feet to the right. On the left flank is Wichita Mountain, elevation 10,855 feet. Along this trail, there are multiple opportunities to view beaver ponds along the creek. After hiking an additional 1.4 miles you will come to the intersection of the Gore Range Trail. Turning to the right will eventually take you north to the Meadow Creek drainage and turning left, south, will take you up and over Uneva Pass to 70 exit for Copper Mountain/CO-91.

Lily Pad Lake:

USNFS Difficulty Rating: Moderate to more difficult

Mileage: From Meadow Creek trailhead to Lily Pad Lake 1.3 miles one way

Elevation starts at 9,157 and ends at 9,917 feet

At exit 203, take the roundabout around past the exit from 70, past the dirt Private drive road, and down the dirt road just before the entrance to 70. You will see a sign for the Meadow Creek Trailhead. Parking is available down the dirt road. This trail switchbacks through aspens, at .6 miles into the hike, you will see the trail split to Meadow Creek or to Lily Pad Lake. Take the path to Lily Pad Lake and go another .7 miles to the lake.