The Old Dillon Reservoir Trail is located off of Dillon Dam Road, near the Lake Dillon Reservoir. This is a relatively easy hike, capping out at about 1.7 miles round trip and about 200 feet in elevation gain. It is a perfect choice to do with kids, elderly or if you only have an hour. It would also be a good ‘first’ hike to do to get you acclimated to the area and altitude. Even though it is quick and considerably ‘easy’, it offers up some of the best views in the area! This trail can be done in any season and is very rewarding, without too much work. The hike starts out in the trees with shade and then opens up once you reach the lake.
The hike has incredible 360 degree views of Lake Dillon, Buffalo Mountain, Ptarmigan Peak, the Tenmile Range and the Continental Divide. You’ll enjoy the fall foliage all the way up to the top, where you will find the Old Dillon Reservoir, which was built in the 1930’s. You can even see Keystone’s North Peak from here! Bring a fishing pole (if you have a Colorado fishing license) or just enjoy the stroll along the lake. This hike shouldn’t take you more than an hour to complete.
If you are traveling from Keystone, head towards Dillon and take a left onto Dillon Dam Road, at the stoplight near the movie theatre and grocery store intersection. Then travel on the Dam road for about 2.1 miles and you will see the trail head on the right.
The fall colors in this area are currently just beginning to peak, so we recommend doing this hike within the next two weeks to see the best colors. The photos featured were taken on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Get out there and enjoy this wonderful Summit County hike!