Fall Foliage Focus: Hikes

Summit County is a wonderful place to spend some time during the fall. It is hard to beat the beauty of shades of yellow and orange taking over a hillside. While there are ample locations to go leaf-peeping we have a few favorites that are good for most ages and activity levels!

Located in Frisco, this hike offers easy access to the turning leaves and takes you to an adorable beaver pond nestled between pine trees. This is an easy hike, but we would recommend being in decent physical shape due to the remote location of the pond. This trail is dog friendly and a wonderful hike to take them on.

Boreas is the perfect place to not only see the leaves, but take in some amazing views of the Tenmile Range. There are tons of hiking trails that you can take off on to get a close up view of the leaves, or stay in the car and enjoy the drive. Either way you are guaranteed to find a variety of colors.

Located near Silverthorne this 3.2 mile easy hike is a great way to view the colors and potentially see some wildlife. There is a grassy clearing along the hike that is a great place to look for elk, deer and moose. This is a pet friendly hike, so make sure to leash you dog if you see any wildlife.

This is a .9 mile trail that provides wonderful views of the Wellington Ore Bin, French Gulch, and the Tenmile Range. While the trail is short, it is steep with 400 ft of elevation gain and is considered a black level trail. Aspens line most of the trail and rock steps help you gain elevation fast. The stunning views are worth the heart-pounding workout to reach them.

Get a view from above. Sapphire Point is a short .5 mile walk to a lookout point over Dillon Lake. The views are incredible and chipmunks are running wild! This is a perfect place to take the very little ones and still thoroughly enjoy the fall beauty.

Moderate Hikes

There are ample trails to explore around Summit County. Some moderate classics are Blue Lakes, McCullough Gulch, Mohawk Lakes and Black Powder Pass. All have stunning views of the fall foliage and get your heart beating!

Fall Foliage Focus Series

Mineral Hill Trail

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The Mineral Hill trail is a primarily black-rated, difficult trail that gains 400 feet in elevation over .45 miles and is designated for hiking only. While it isn’t a long hike, it does offer great views on the Wellington Ore Bin, French Gulch…

Fall Foliage Focus: Hikes

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Summit County is a wonderful place to spend some time during the fall. It is hard to beat the beauty of shades of yellow and orange taking over a hillside. While there are ample locations to go leaf-peeping we have a few favorites that are good…

Rainbow Lake Trail

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Located in Frisco, this hike offers easy access to an adorable beaver pond nestled between pine trees. We recommend parking in the free parking area by 2nd Ave and S. Cabin Green. It is a short walk down a paved bike path to the Rainbow Lake…

Top 5 Leaf Peeping Picnic Spots

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Who doesn’t love a picnic enjoying the stunning views that Summit County offers? Better yet, who doesn’t love these same views filled with hues of orange and gold! This fall, grab some of your favorite snacks and beverages and head up the…

Fall Foliage Focus: Mountain Bike Rides

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If you are looking for a way to view the fall colors while zooming down singletrack trails, we have you covered. Breckenridge is known for its world-class mountain biking, so why not take in those spectacular fall colors on a bike! We have five…

Fall Foliage Focus: Train Rides

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Headed up to take in the fall colors? Why not try a new way to see the amazing scenery and colors this September! Hop aboard one of the following trains and experience a new and exciting way to take in the high country.

Fall Foliage Focus: Drives

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Summit County is a wonderful place to spend your fall taking in the yellow, orange, and red hues that spread across the mountainsides. Being centrally located within the state, you are a short drive away from some of the most stunning views…

Top 7 Items to Pack this Fall

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Fall in the mountains is a beautiful time, but the weather can be something of a mystery. It could rain, snow, be a clear sunny day or do all three. With all these varying conditions it leaves one wondering what to pack. Here is our list of…