Half Day Hiking Trails
Best Half Day Hikes
Half a day of hiking is all most of us are in for. It takes time to get acclimated for a whole day of hiking and when we are on vacation beer and burgers take priority to most.
These hikes all have mild grades and short loops, a perfect way to take in amazing views and be productive on your mountain vacation.
Lily Pad Lake Trial
This trail is really mild with a gentle grade all the way through. The kids and grandparents will appreciate this hike. It takes hikers though aspen groves, clearings, a few water crossings and a rock field. There are many opportunities to see beavers, foxes and other wild life. There are great views of Buffalo Mountain, The Ten Mile Range and The Dillon Reservoir.
Bring your dogs and fishing poles, both are allowed on this hike. Leave the bikes at home; you will not need them with the gradual grade.
It is a 1.6 mile hike to the lakes and well marked. It makes for a great half-day of fun; plan for about an hour each way.
The hike takes you about 250’ feet up in elevation to 10,000’ feet. The change is mild so it will not strain you too much.
Lily Pad Lake Trail is a great morning hike. The perfect cool mountain wake up!
How to Get To the Trailhead:
Take I-70 to Exit 205 (Silverthorne). Go north to the traffic light where there is a Wendy’s on your right. Go left on Wilderness Road to the end – about 3.5 miles. Wilderness turns into Ryan Gulch Road, so don’t be surprised at the name change. You will find the dirt parking area on your left. The dirt road across the street leads up to the upper trailhead.
Dickie Trail provides several hiking options. The one we like for a good half day of hiking is the one that goes around the lake perimeter.
The first half of the trail follows a sandy beach beside the lake. There are almost always happy pups playing in water. About an hour in the lake starts getting rockier and you begin to head up a gentle grade. You come up a hill that seems like it might be the end of the trail, but it’s not, it takes you to a breathtaking view. After this point it the trail gets more rugged and the views get grander making you feel like you’ve begun on a whole new trail.
The hikes mild nature makes for a great experience for anybody. It is also an ideal place to try mountain biking or trail running!
Directions to Trailhead:
Driving from Breckenridge to Frisco the trail head is about three miles from Frisco. It is on the right at the last curve before hitting Frisco Adventure Park. If you get to the adventure park, turn around and it is the very first left turn.