Ptarmigan Peak #35


The Ptarmigan Peak Trail is an excellent trail to experience a panoramic view of all the mountain ranges in the Dillon Ranger District - the Continental Divide, Gore Range, Tenmile Range and Williams Fork Range. At tree line this trail enters the Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness Area where you can either hike up to Ptarmigan Peak or Ptarmigan Pass.

* There is a printable Recreation Quicksheet for this trail which is complete with directions, a map, details, and other information about this trail. Or to see quicksheets for other recreation areas across the Forest, click on the "Recreation Quicksheets" link in the right column and select the appropriate Ranger District.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: This trail is open to Hike and Horse. Mountain Bikes are allowed to the Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness boundary ONLY, not beyond.
Closest Towns: Silverthorne, CO
Information Center: Dillon Ranger District; 680 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO 970-468-5400

General Information

Directions: From I-70 take Exit 205, Silverthorne/Dillon, and travel north on HWY 9 for approximately 0.2 miles to the intersection of Wildernest Drive/Rainbow Drive, (Wendy’s is on the corner). Turn right onto Rainbow Drive and then right onto Tanglewood Lane. Follow Tanglewood Lane to Ptarmigan Trail Rd and turn right. Follow this road for approximately 0.8 miles to the trailhead parking, which is on the right side of the road. The trail starts across the road from the parking area. There are arrows to guide you to the trailhead from the parking area through the private homes

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  Area/Length : 
5.5 miles one-way to Ptarmigan Peak

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  Elevation : 
9,362 ft. - 11,785 ft.


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