Ptarmigan Trail to Overlook
Distance: 5 Miles Total
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Elevation: 1,036 Feet
Location: Silverthorne, Colorado
Best Used: From May until November
Kids: Great Hike for Kids (Big and Small)
Dogs: Allowed on leash
Bring: Water, snacks, and a camera (maybe some binoculars)
Features: Beautiful wildflowers, streams, lovely meadows, Aspen and Pine trees, wildlife, great view of the valley and lake
This is a beautiful little hike that is easily accessible from Silverthorne, Colorado. The toughest part of the hike is the first 1/2 mile, which is fairly steep and completely exposed. But even this part of the trail has its perks as it has a plethora of beautiful wildflowers to stop and look at.
After the steep climb, you will slowly descend and traverse through wildflowers, meadows, and trees until you begin a slow climb up the mountain through aromatic Pine and Aspen trees. Along the way you will cross a few streams and find plenty of places to stop and grab a snack, we really liked sitting alongside the streams.
At the end of this trail you will find a few benches to sit and rest on as you look out over the amazing valley below. It is truly a fantastic view and one you should be sure to sit back and take a few minutes to enjoy.