Hiking in Frisco

Eccles Pass (9.5 miles/ vertical 2800 ft.)

This is a challenging hike that consists of a fairly steady, steep ascent to the pass at 11,900′ that will reward you with some of the most stunning scenery in Colorado. As you proceed along the rushing of Meadow Creek through the forest, the trail levels off frequently enough to provide brief respites from the climb! After a couple miles you enter a clearing dotted with mining ruins, which are fun to see and the valley is pretty serene and nice too. Follow the trail and ascend even higher to reach Eccles Pass and you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Buffalo Mountain and surrounding area. Even though this is a difficult hike it is worth the views and solitude.

To get here from Keystone: Take Highway 6 towards Dillon and take I-70 going west. Drive I-70 west to Frisco exit 203. As you exit onto the traffic circle, take the dirt road that leaves the circle on the west side and parallels the interstate. Parking and the trailhead are about a half mile down this road.

Lily Pad Lake Trail (5 miles/ vertical 700 ft.)

The Lily Pad Lake Trail promises a delightful day hike for every hiker. Because the lake is located in the Eagle’s Nest Wilderness, bicycles are not permitted here—a refreshing change for a trail located close to an urban area. Don’t let the first 100-yard climb up the access road near the Wildernest subdivision discourage little hikers.

To get here from Keystone: Take Highway 6 towards Dillon and take I-70 going west. Drive I-70 west to Frisco exit 203. As you exit onto the traffic circle, take the dirt road that leaves the circle on the west side and parallels the interstate. Parking and the trailhead are about a half mile down this road.

Meadow Creek Trail (9 miles/ vertical 700 ft.)

While warm in July and August, this is a great early and late season hike or as a “tune-up” for more challenging treks later. The trail begins with a steady ascent for about half of a mile to a junction with Lily Pad Trail. Take the Lily Pad Trail (on your right) and soon you will be treated to the sights and sounds of Meadow Creek, a footbridge, and great vistas of Frisco, and Lake Dillon. As you continue the ascent the vistas keep getting better! Also, look for Peak One as it towers above Mt. Royal and Victoria to the south. Soon, the trail leaves the creek and ascends a small rise leading to the first of two lakes. Follow the trail between the two lakes around the second lake on your right (north). Continue for a half mile on the trail past the second lake (really just a small pond covered with lilies) to the junction with the Salt Lick Trail. Here the trail begins its descent into Salt Lick Gulch, or you can loop back around to your car in Frisco.

To get here from Keystone: Take Highway 6 towards Dillon and take I-70 going west. Drive I-70 west to Frisco exit 203. As you exit onto the traffic circle, take the dirt road that leaves the circle on the west side and parallels the interstate. Parking and the trailhead are about a half mile down this road.

Rainbow Lake (1 mile/ vertical minimal)

Rainbow Lake is the perfect hike for the whole family. Enjoy a well marked trail through the woods, over bridges and streams. Make sure you bring a picnic and fishing rod for this is a delightful place to relax and enjoy your day. The views of the valley are gorgeous and Rainbow Lake is amazing in the twilight of the summer.

To get here from Keystone: In order to access all 3 of these hikes, take Highway 6 towards Dillon and take I-70 west to Frisco. Take the Summit Blvd. (CO Rt. 9) exit turning left off the highway. Then turn right onto Main Street; park at the Frisco Park-n-Ride at the end of Frisco Main Street near Hwy I-70. Take the paved bike path to the Mt. Royal trailhead.

Mount Royal (3.8 miles/ vertical 1300 ft.)

The trail to Masontown is a pleasant family hike. A side trip to the east of town can provide fun exploring the area for mining relics. The hike from Masontown to Mount Royal and farther up to the ridge of Mount Victoria is strenuous but passes more mine and cabin ruins. The upward grunt is worth the climb for the views, especially the straight-down, birds-eye view of Interstate 70 in Tenmile Canyon. Limber pine, which grow in harsh conditions, live on the ridges. Four different hikes along these trails make the area well worth exploring during several visits. While walking along the paved recreational path toward the Mount Royal Trail, imagine the sounds of the old trains which steamed along here. Two railroads served Frisco. The first, the Denver & Rio Grande (D&RG), came from Leadville down Tenmile Canyon, arriving in town in summer 1882. The Denver, South Park & Pacific, later called the Colorado & Southern (C&S), chooed and chugged down the recreational path from Breckenridge arriving in Frisco in July 1883. At mile 0.3 the depot for the C&S once stood. Across the field you can see the tailings from the Frisco Tunnel, which operated into the 1930s.

To get here from Keystone: In order to access all 3 of these hikes, take Highway 6 towards Dillon and take I-70 west to Frisco. Take the Summit Blvd. (CO Rt. 9) exit turning left off the highway. Then turn right onto Main Street; park at the Frisco Park-n-Ride at the end of Frisco Main Street near Hwy I-70. Take the paved bike path to the Mt. Royal trailhead that will lead you to Mt. Royal and Peak One.

Tenmile Peak Traverse – Peak 1 (8.7 miles/ vertical 4353 ft.)

Three highly acclaimed hikes in the Frisco area are Mount Royal, Peak One, and Rainbow Lake. Most enjoyed in the fall with the change of the aspen leaves, the views are spectacular anytime. Once at the top you are rewarded with a grand view of the town all the way to the Gore Range, over Lake Dillon to the Continental Divide. If feeling quite ambitious and have ample supply of food and water, a journey up to Peak One (advanced) might be your next stop. Follow the high-flying American flag waving in the wind that was placed on top after 9/11.

To get here from Keystone: In order to access all 3 of these hikes, take Highway 6 towards Dillon and take I-70 west to Frisco. Take the Summit Blvd. (CO Rt. 9) exit turning left off the highway. Then turn right onto Main Street; park at the Frisco Park-n-Ride at the end of Frisco Main Street near Hwy I-70. Take the paved bike path to the Mt. Royal trailhead that will lead you to Mt. Royal and Peak One.