Fall in Summit County, Colorado, holds an enduring charm. Many of us wish for an extra month of this season. It may be brief, but it's arguably the most magical. The Colorado activity of the season
Leaf Peeping Guide to Summit County, CO
Dated: September 10 2023
Fall in Summit County, Colorado, holds an enduring charm. Many of us wish for an extra month of this season. It may be brief, but it's arguably the most magical. The Colorado activity of the season is leaf peeping. If you are new to the activity, leaf peeping is going out and finding changing leaves to look at or photograph.
Don't miss the chance to witness the season's changing and bask in the vibrant transformation of the Aspen Trees. Explore some trails below to enjoy while you are leaf peeping in Summit County.
This is a great trail if you are looking for a long hike or mountain bike ride. It is a beautiful 15.5-mile loop with 2,240 feet of elevation gain. Check it out on All Trails.
Ptarmigan is a stunning out-and-back trail. Enjoy expansive views of Lake Dillon and see patches of bright fall colors throughout the county. There is 1,143 feet of elevation gain, and it is 4.6 miles. Learn more about this route on All Trails.
Lily Pad Lake
This is a great little hike for the whole family. Enjoy a more relaxed walk up with 403 feet of elevation gain to the beautiful small lake. It is a 3.3-mile out-and-back hike. There are two routes to hike to the lake. You can take the Lily Pad Trail from Silverthorne or access it via the Meadow Creek Trail > Lily Pad Trail from Frisco. Plan your adventure on All Trails here.
Rainbow Lakes is an excellent spot to go if you have little kids and want something short yet beautiful and right out of Frisco. Take a picnic for the whole family and enjoy the changing leaves. It is only a 1.5-mile out-and-back hike with minimal elevation gain. Check out more on the trail here.
Between Keystone and Breckenridge
Rating: Very Easy
If you are not in the mood for a hike, this is more of a viewpoint where you can stroll. You will have stunning views of the county. To get there, drive up Swan Mountain Road; the viewpoint is at the top. Be careful of bikers as it is also a popular road bike area.
If you are looking for an enjoyable, short mountain bike trail that will make you feel like you are riding through gold, this is the one. Not only is it one of the best leaf-peeping spots in the county, but it is also a fun trail to ride. Bike up Boreas Pass Road and then bike down the trail. Check out more about this trail here.
Boreas Pass Road
Rating: Long but Easy
Drive to the top of Boreas Pass on the dirt road. You will experience the changing colors of the Aspen Trees and expansive views of the Ten Mile Range. Make it up before they close the road for winter.
Hike up to these beautiful lakes with 1,496 feet of elevation gain. It is a 6.6-mile out-and-back hike. Enjoy the open meadows and Aspen forests full of color. Plan your trip here.
French Gulch Road
There are many trails in this area right outside of Breckenridge. There is also a lot of mining history, including Country Boy Mine. You can explore the vast trail system and make your adventure as short or long as you wish.
I hope to see you in Summit County this fall!
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