Fall Foliage Hikes In and Around Frisco
Posted by: admin September 3rd, 2016
Frisco, Colorado, also known as the “Main Street to the Rockies,” is the central location to many easily accessible locations for viewing the Aspen trees. Whether you’re an experienced climber or a greenhorn hiker there is something for everyone to experience near our Frisco bed & breakfast.
Head towards the north side of Main street, turn south onto Second Avenue and follow this road about 5 blocks then take a right on South Cabin Green where there is parking for the trailhead. The trail spans only a mile from the scenic lake where you can enjoy the Aspen trees turning from there deep green color to shades of red, yellow, and orange. This trail also connects to Miners Creek Road or the Peaks trail that heads to Breckenridge if you’re looking to continue your hike.
Just below the I-70 highway and Main street intersection is public parking to a paved recreation pathway that directs you to the Mt. Royal trailhead. The 2-mile hike starts at 9,097 feet and ends at 10,347 feet which will give your legs a good burn all the way to the summit. The hike offers spectacular views of Frisco and overlooks Lake Dillon Reservoir. Hiking poles would be recommended due to the loose gravel and steep incline.
Lilly Pad Lake
Take exit 203 for Frisco CO-9 and take the roundabout to the exit on the dirt road that that parallels I-70. Follow that road back until you reach a sign that says Meadow Creek Trailhead. This trail head leads half a mile until you reach a split where you would then take the Lilly Pad Lake trail. This trail navigates through a forest of Aspen trees that is best experienced in the Fall while the leaves are turning.
Sapphire Point Trail
For a quick hike with easy access to a spectacular view above Lake Dillon take a drive up Swan Mountain Road. The drive will take you up to the public parking area and the beginning of the trail head. The hike is rated easy and circles back to the parking lot. The less than one-mile hike provides an overlook of Lake Dillon and it’s surrounding 10-mile mountain range.