With summertime finally blossoming in the high country, now's the time to start planning some upcoming hikes. Just remember: Summer came late this year to Frisco, so trails are still melting out. Mount Royal, for instance, may be better in July.
Here are three fun hikes, out of many, listed by the Town of Frisco for your enjoyment.
This hike is rated difficult (and I can personally attest that it is).
According to the Town of Frisco's Trail Map, available around town, "This trail begins as a gradual climb through [a] lodgepole pine forest for approximately 0.9 miles to the old mining town of Masontown. From Masontown to the summit, the trail becomes very steep, ascending 1,356 feet in just over 1 mile. At the saddle, take a right along the ridge to the Mount Royal summit. Continue to the spectacular viewpoint on top of the cliffs above the Town of Frisco if you choose. Return to the parking lot of the same trail. Descending Mount Royal any other way can be dangerous."
To access this hike: "Park in the Kayak Lot at the west end of Frisco Main Street. Walk over the footbridge and turn left on the paved rec path. In 0.5 miles the Mount Royal trailhead will be on your right," said the map.
The round-trip distance is 4 miles, and the elevation gain is 1,372 feet.
Need something that's family friendly? This trail is rated easy!
According to Frisco's map, Rainbow Lake is "a family favorite with easy access from downtown. Hike the Peaks Trail 0.75 miles (one way) through wetlands on a boardwalk, aspen trees and lodgepole pines before arriving at Rainbow Lake. See Peaks Trail to continue to Breckenridge."
To access the hike: "From Frisco Main Street, turn south on Second Avenue. At the end of Second, turn right on South Cabin Green. Cross the paved rec path to Zach's Shop parking lot," said the map.
The round-trip distance is 1.5 miles, and the elevation gain is 463 feet.
Sapphire Point Overlook
Sapphire Point Overlook is another easy hike with beautiful views of the lake.
According to Frisco's map, it's "a short, family-friendly loop with dramatic views of Dillon Reservoir, Gore Range and Tenmile Range."
To access the hike: "From Frisco Main Street, turn south onto Highway 9 and drive 2.9 miles to the stoplight at Summit High School. Turn left on Swan Mountain Road and continue 1.9 miles to the trailhead," said the map.
The round-trip distance is 0.7 miles, and the elevation gain is 9 feet.
While You're Out
Need a place to eat before or after your hike?
This summer, 10 Mile Music Hall is hosting a daily Moe's Rooftop Bar-B-Q Happy Hour from 3 to 5 p.m. with drink deals available.
The 5th Avenue Grill is another Frisco restaurant worth checking out. It serves lunch, dinner and happy hour, along with Sunday brunch.
Mark Your Calendars!
The Second Annual Silverthorne Fine Art Festival is coming up Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14. More than 60 fine artisans will be present at this event hosted on the lawn of Silverthorne Recreation Center.
And with that ...
We'll see you in Summit County!