Lily Pad Lake TH #50

This trail is very near town and is a popular trail into the Eagles Nest Wilderness. Initially, the trail travels south through thick stands of lodgepole pine and aspen. Along the way you will cross some small streams and pass by several beaver ponds. These beaver ponds attracted fur trappers during 1810-1840, the boom years of the fur trade. The lake is a great place to relax and enjoy your lunch. Parking is extremely limited: consider taking the free Summit Stage bus to the trailhead.

  • Moose have been seen in this area. Please keep your distance and do not approach them; they can be aggressive and may threatened by dogs.


At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Frisco, CO ; Silverthorne, CO
Information Center: Dillon Ranger District
680 Blue River Parkway
Silverthorne, CO

General Information

Directions: From I-70 take Exit 205, Silverthorne/Dillon, and travel north on HWY 9 to the first traffic light at the intersection of Rainbow Drive / Wildernest Road. Turn left onto Wildernest Road (this road turns into Ryan Gulch Road). Travel for 3.6 miles to the top of Ryan Gulch Road. Toward the end of the road there will be a parking area on the left. There are two trailheads that leave from this parking lot, be sure to start at Lily Pad Lake Trailhead.

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  Area/Length : 
1.4 miles

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  Elevation : 
9,825 ft. - 9.952 ft.