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Best Fall Hikes in Summit County

Fall for one of Summit County’s best hiking trails this autumn. With only a short amount of time to soak up the tunnels of golden aspens before the snow starts to fall, we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite Summit County hikes for you to explore…

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Meadow Creek to Lily Pad Lake

Lily Pad is a stunning and popular trail near Frisco. It provides diverse scenery of yellow and orange aspens along the way and is popular among locals, family, and visitors. At the top of the climb, there are panoramic views of Lake Dillon, fields of wildflowers, and the stunning Lily Pad Lake itself.

Distance RT: 3.4 miles
Total elevation gain: 
770 feet
 Meadow Creek Trailhead
Dogs Allowed: Yes on leash

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Mount Royal

Although this hike is a steep leg burner, and solid shoes are strongly suggested, the fall foliage throughout the trail and the views at the top of Mount Royal are incredible! Overlook the towns of Frisco, Copper, and Silverthorne at the summit, it’s so rewarding when you get there!

Distance RT: 3.9 miles
Total elevation gain: 
1,374 feet
Mount Royal Trailhead
Dogs Allowed: Yes on leash

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Rock Creek to Bross Mine

There are a few different trails to choose from at the Rock Creek trailhead. Please note that it’s a dirt road to get to the trailhead, but there are options to park one mile away. This trail is mostly shaded, offering lots of views of changing leaves on the way to Bross Mine.

Distance RT: 4.3 miles
Total elevation gain: 
807 feet
Rock Creek Trailhead
Dogs Allowed: No


Wheeler Lake

We may say that fall is the best time to do this hike. The trail up to Wheeler Lake takes you through groves of yellow and orange aspen trees. The trail offers seasonal wildflowers, sweeping mountain views, waterfalls, and mining relics from the Montgomery ghost town. There is very little shade on this hike, so pack some sunscreen!

Distance RT: 6.7 miles
Total elevation gain: 
1,568 feet
Moderate to Strenuous
 Right off the I-70 by Copper (GPS coordinates 39.517816, -106.146669)
Dogs Allowed: Yes on leash

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Travel Dates
25, 2022
1, 2022