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Before venturing out into the forest and backcountry be sure that you are familiar with current weather conditions and forest regulations.  Each visitor should study the information on the trailhead bulletin board and/or go into the Forest Service office at 680 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne to obtain the latest copy of the RECREATION OPPORTUNITY GUIDE (ROG) before heading out on any particular trail. 

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Always be prepared for sudden afternoon thunder or snowstorms with adequate rain gear, warm clothing and plenty of food and water.  Be careful not to accidentally leave any litter along the way, including cigarette butts.  There is a six (6) foot leash law that is enforced for dogs in the Wilderness.  Always be careful with fire - a camp stove is the preferred method for cooking in the backcountry.  REMEMBER - NO BICYCLES ARE ALLOWED IN WILDERNESS AREAS!  The best way you can help the land survive is to challenge yourself to make the least possible impact on the land.

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If you see a particular HIKING trail that interests you, click on the trail name and you will be taken the ROG sheet for that trail.  The trail links contain the same Recreation Opportunity Guide (ROG) sheets that you can get at the Dillon Ranger District office.  The front side of the ROG sheet contains route information such as: route difficulty, length, directions on how to get to the trailhead, interesting information on the route and any important information that route users might need to know.  The back side of the ROG sheet contains a custom topographic map highlighting the OHV route along with an elevation profile.

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BOULDER LAKE (UPPER) HIKING ROG EAGLESMERE LAKE HIKING ROG ELLIOT RIDGE HIKING ROG GOLD HILL HIKING ROG LOST LAKE HIKING ROG MAYFLOWER GULCH HIKING ROG McCULLOUGH GULCH HIKING ROG MEADOW CREEK HIKING ROG MINERS CREEK HIKING ROG MT. ROYAL / MASONTOWN HIKING ROG NORTH TENMILE HIKING ROG NORTH WILLOW HIKING ROG PEAKS HIKING ROG PTARMIGAN HIKING ROG QUANDARY PEAK HIKING ROG SLATE CREEK (LOWER) HIKING ROG SPRUCE CREEK HIKING ROG TIPPERARY LAKE HIKING ROG UTE PASS HIKING ROG

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MODERATE TRAILS

13.  BOULDER LAKE (UPPER) FDT 59 - BECAUSE THIS TRAIL TRAVELS INTO THE EAGLES NEST WILDERNESS NO BICYCLES ARE ALLOWED AND DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH NOT LONGER THAN SIX (6) FEET IN LENGTH!  The trail begins at an elevation of 9,494 feet and ends at an elevation of 11,044 feet, with a highest elevation of 11,044 feet.  The elevation gain is +1,510 feet.  The Upper Lake Trail continues past Boulder Lake (Lower) for approximately 3.13 miles to Boulder Lake (Upper).  Past Boulder Lake (Lower) this trail is maintained at a primitive level and may be difficult to follow at times.  The hike is through dense forest with numerous deadfall across the trail.  Occasional boggy areas are especially prevalent in June making the trail difficult to follow.  Because of the deadfall and boggy areas on the upper part of Boulder Creek, this trail is NOT recommended for horse travel.  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE TO MORE DIFFICULT.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet.

14 EAGLESMERE LAKE FDT 61 - THIS IS A REC FEE DEMO AREA.  BECAUSE THIS TRAIL TRAVELS INTO THE EAGLES NEST WILDERNESS NO BICYCLES ARE ALLOWED AND DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH NOT LONGER THAN SIX (6) FEET IN LENGTH!  The trail begins at an elevation of 8,727 feet and ends at an elevation of 10,400 feet, with a highest elevation of 10,422 feet.  The elevation gain is +1,673 feet.  An abundance of wildflowers can be seen from mid - late June.  The trail maintains a steady climb through aspen and pine forests, eventually reaching a clearing offering views down to Lower Cataract Lake and the valley beyond.  After approximately 2.82 miles the trail intersects with the Gore Range Trail (FDT 60).  Turn right and continue approximately .59 miles to the next fork and turn left and head south to the Eaglesmere Lakes.  Camping is NOT permitted within .25 miles of Lower Cataract Lake, nor along this trail due to the heavy use of this area.  Due to the high use of this area try to hike during the week.  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet. 

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15 ELLIOT RIDGE FDT 1889 - BECAUSE THIS TRAIL TRAVELS INTO THE EAGLES NEST WILDERNESS NO BICYCLES ARE ALLOWED AND DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH NOT LONGER THAN SIX (6) FEET IN LENGTH!  The trail begins at an elevation of 11,153 feet and ends at an elevation of 12,405 feet, with a highest elevation of 12,405 feet.  The elevation gain is +1,252 feet.  WARNING:  Forest Service roads on this access may require HIGH-AXLE CLEARANCE.  The Forest Service access road is narrow with switchbacks along steep drop-offs.  The gravel road surface contains pot holes and drainage berms.  Elk and mule deer typically congregate along the Forest Service roads to the trailhead.  High alpine meadows and exposed rock exist in the Elliot Ridge area.  Wildflowers reach their peak in mid-July.  The trail provides access to the Mirror Lake area and the 54.5 miles of the Gore Range Trail (FDT 60) by turning east onto Upper Cataract Trail (FDT 63).  The Elliot Ridge Trail provides great scenic summit views of the surrounding Gore Range peaks, eventually ending at Meridian Peak, elevation 12,426 feet.  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet. 

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16.  GOLD HILL FDT 79 - THIS TRAIL IS USED FOR MULTIPLE ACTIVITIES TO INCLUDE HIKING AND MTN. BIKING.  PLEASE RESPECT OTHER USERS.  This trail is a very popular mountain biking trail, so be alert for their presence.  The trail begins at an elevation of 9,207 feet and ends at an elevation of 10,026 feet, with a highest elevation of 10,291 feet.  The elevation gain is +819 feet.  This trail connects with the Peaks Trail (FDT 45), Miners Creek Trail (FDT 38) and both the Colorado and Continental Divide Trails.  The trail passes through a series of clear cuts that were cut in 1988.   The thick lodgepole pine in the area average 70 to 100 years in age.  These trees, because of their density and age, are especially susceptible to disease and fire.  Small clear cut areas are designed to minimize the danger to the overall forest by creating age differences and open glades.  People are encouraged to watch this area as a new healthy ecosystem reclaims the area where the clear cut areas are.  The trail passes through an interesting evergreen forest as it climbs over Gold Hill providing views of the Upper Blue River Valley eastward and the rugged Tenmile Range to the west.  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet.

17 LOST LAKE FDT 64 - THIS IS A REC FEE DEMO AREA.  BECAUSE THIS TRAIL TRAVELS INTO THE EAGLES NEST WILDERNESS NO BICYCLES ARE ALLOWED PAST THE WILDERNESS BOUNDARY AND DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH NOT LONGER THAN SIX (6) FEET IN LENGTH!  THIS ROAD IS USED FOR MULTIPLE ACTIVITIES TO INCLUDE HIKING, MTN. BIKING AND OHVs, ESPECIALLY AT THE LOWER PART OF THE TRAIL.  PLEASE RESPECT OTHER USERS.  The trail begins at an elevation of 8,032 feet with a highest elevation of 10,167 feet.  The elevation gain is +2,131 feet.  You will travel on the Brush Creek Trail (FDT 68) for the first 2.87 miles.  The first mile travels through sagebrush offering an excellent view of Green Mountain Reservoir and the Lower Blue River Valley.  Follow the Brush Creek Trail to the intersection with the Gore Range Trail (FDT 60).  Turn left (south) and travel approximately .96 miles to the next trail junction.  Turn right (southwest) and follow this segment of Lost Lake Trail for another 1.70 miles to Lost Lake.  You may continue on the Lost Lake Trail for another 2 miles finishing the loop to the north and east back to the Gore Range Trail.  At the intersection you will then turn right (south) for another 1.04 miles to the intersection with the Brush Creek Trail and return to the trailhead.  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet. 

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18.  MAYFLOWER GULCH FDR 1178 - THIS TRAIL IS USED FOR MULTIPLE ACTIVITIES TO INCLUDE HIKING AND MTN. BIKING.  PLEASE RESPECT OTHER USERS.  The trail begins at an elevation of 10,996 feet and ends at an elevation of 12,415 feet, with a highest elevation of 12,415 feet.  The elevation gain is +1,419 feet.  The first portion of this trail crosses property owned by the Climax Molybdenum Company (AMEX).  This public access is provided as a courtesy of the company.  Please respect the AMEX property and be mindful that you may encounter some mining activity.  The trail begins from the parking area by following an old mining road.  Lodgepole pine trees on either side of the road give the impression of a tunnel.  When you emerge from the trees you will see an immense amphitheater of mountains formed by the Tenmile Range.  Fletcher Mountain will be straight ahead with an elevation of 13,951 feet.  Behind Fletcher Mountain is Quandary Peak at an elevation of 14,265 feet.  The trail continues past an old mining camp called the Boston Mine.  Please help to preserve and maintain these cabins by leaving artifacts where they lay so others may enjoy them.  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet. 

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19.  McCULLOUGH GULCH FDT 43 - THIS TRAIL IS USED FOR MULTIPLE ACTIVITIES TO INCLUDE HIKING AND MTN. BIKING.  PLEASE RESPECT OTHER USERS.  The trail begins at an elevation of 11,102 feet and ends at an elevation of 11,921 feet, with a highest elevation of 11,922 feet.  The elevation gain is +819 feet.  Although private property exists along this trail, hikers and mountain bikers are allowed access and are asked to stay on the trail and to respect private property.  The trail is located on the northeast side of Quandary Peak, elevation 14,265 feet.  You will be hiking along the McCullough Gulch drainage.  There is a very popular waterfall, Continental Falls, just below the lake at the end of the trail that makes a great picnic site.  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet.

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20 MEADOW CREEK FDT 33 - BECAUSE THIS TRAIL TRAVELS INTO THE EAGLES NEST WILDERNESS NO BICYCLES ARE ALLOWED AND DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH NOT LONGER THAN SIX (6) FEET IN LENGTH!  The trail begins at an elevation of 9,157 feet and ends at an elevation of 11,900 feet, with a highest elevation of 11,900 feet.  The elevation gain is +2,743 feet.  This is a nice day hike, even for the inexperienced hiker.  At the beginning of the trail the grade increases significantly as it passes through aspen stands.  Approximately .62 miles from the trailhead you will come to the intersection with the Lily Pad Trail (FDT 50).  This is also a pleasant hike with outstanding views and the lake is approximately .67 miles up the trail.  Pleasant views of Dillon Reservoir and the Upper Blue Valley can be seen from occasional clearings along the Meadow Creek Trail.  The trail's grade drops slightly as it enters a lodgepole pine forest.  Near timberline, the trail opens up in a large meadow providing beautiful views of the surrounding area.  Once above timberline, look for rock cairns marking the trail.  Approximately 4.19 miles from the trailhead you will intersect the Gore Range Trail (FDT 60).  Bear to the right and continue on toward the summit of Eccles Pass, elevation 11,900 feet.  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE TO MORE DIFFICULT.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet.

21.  MINERS CREEK FDT 38 - THIS TRAIL IS USED FOR MULTIPLE ACTIVITIES TO INCLUDE HIKING AND MTN. BIKING.  PLEASE RESPECT OTHER USERS.  The trail begins at an elevation of 10,590 feet and ends at an elevation of 11,253 feet, with a highest elevation of 11,569 feet.  The elevation gain is +663 feet.  Access to the Miners Creek Trail begins from the "TRAIL" sign at Rainbow Lake on Miners Creek Road.  The trail follows along the road and will continue through the woods at the turnaround area at the end of the road.  The actual "TRAILHEAD" begins after you have hiked approximately 3.21 miles.  The Miners Creek Trail intersects with the Colorado Trail at the trailhead and both share the same trail for the length of the trail.  Plan your hike to be off the high ridge by afternoon because dangerous thunderstorms are common in the summer.  Pack adequate water because there is very little water along this route.  Due to the length of this trail, hikers that are making the trek from Miners Creek Trailhead to the trailhead of the Wheeler National Recreation Trail, or vice versa, may want to leave a car at one of the trailheads.  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE TO MORE DIFFICULT.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet.

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22.  MT. ROYAL / MASONTOWN - THIS TRAIL IS USED FOR MULTIPLE ACTIVITIES TO INCLUDE HIKING AND MTN. BIKING, ESPECIALLY AT THE LOWER PART OF THE TRAIL.  PLEASE RESPECT OTHER USERS.  The trail begins at an elevation of 9,117 feet and ends at an elevation of 10,483 feet, with a highest elevation of 10,514 feet.  The elevation gain is +1,336 feet.  This trail is a gradual climb toward Masontown and becomes much steeper toward the summit of Mt. Royal, providing majestic views of Dillon Reservoir, the Tenmile Range and the Continental Divide.  In 1872 the Masontown Mining and Milling Company constructed a reduction mill on the Masontown site.  The town was named for the mill investors' hometown - Masontown, Pennsylvania.  A boarding house and several homes were built to accommodate the several hundred people who worked in the mines or mill.  Five main tunnels were excavated on mine sites.  The mine shipped gold and silver to the Denver Mint.  The original mill was destroyed by an avalanche in 1912.  The town was destroyed by a fluke avalanche in the spring of 1926,  During prohibition illegal whiskey was produced at a still in the remains of Masontown and bootleggers hid out there.  There are many historical artifacts along this trail, so please leave them so others may enjoy them.  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE TO MORE DIFFICULT.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet. 

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23.  NORTH TENMILE FDT 37 - BECAUSE THIS TRAIL TRAVELS INTO THE EAGLES NEST WILDERNESS NO BICYCLES ARE ALLOWED PAST THE WILDERNESS BOUNDARY AND DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH NOT LONGER THAN SIX (6) FEET IN LENGTH!  MOUNTAIN BIKERS MAY BE ENCOUNTERED ON THE TRAIL BEFORE THE EAGLES NEST WILDERNESS BOUNDARY.   PLEASE RESPECT OTHER USERS.  The trail begins at an elevation of 9,160 feet and ends at an elevation of 10,076 feet, with a highest elevation of 10,076 feet.  The elevation gain is +916 feet.  Don't let the initial steep grade discourage you.  After the first mile, the trail levels out and stays close to the creek.  For the next 2 miles, you will be hiking past beaver ponds before you reach an open slope to the north.  The Eagles Nest Wilderness boundary begins just past this open slope and the intersection to the Gore Range Trail (FDT 60) is another 1.34 miles, approximately, past this boundary.  Traveling past this junction will provide great views of the majestic peaks of the Gore Range.  After reaching the Gore Range Trail hikers may turn right (north) and travel approximately 3.29 miles to the summit of Eccles Pass, elevation 11,900 feet; or, turn left (south) and travel approximately 2.75 miles to the summit of Uneva Pass, elevation 11,910 feet.  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet. 

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24.  NORTH WILLOW FDT 36 - BECAUSE THIS TRAIL TRAVELS INTO THE EAGLES NEST WILDERNESS NO BICYCLES ARE ALLOWED PAST THE WILDERNESS BOUNDARY AND DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH NOT LONGER THAN SIX (6) FEET IN LENGTH!  The trail begins at an elevation of 9,496 feet and ends at an elevation of 11,429 feet, with a highest elevation of 11,463 feet.  The elevation gain is +1,933 feet.  From the trailhead leaving the parking area, the trail is an old road.  The trail will eventually take off from this old road.  Approximately .34 miles from the beginning of the trail you will come to the intersection with the Gore Range Trail (FDT 60), inside the Eagles Nest Wilderness boundary.  The Gore Range Trail runs north - south through the Eagles Nest Wilderness.  To continue on the North Willow Trail, turn left (south) at the intersection with the Gore Range Trail.  Continue south on the Gore Range Trail for approximately 4.84 miles to the intersection with the North Willow Creek Trail (FDT 36).  Turn right at the trail intersection and continue west toward Salmon and Willow Lakes.  Follow the North Willow Creek Trail for approximately 1.14 miles to Salmon Lake.  Continue southwest on the trail for another 1 mile toward Willow Lakes.  The area between Salmon Lake and Willow Lakes in known as the "Thorn", an area popular for mountaineering due to the sharp, jagged peaks and large, steep snowfields.  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet. 

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25.  PEAKS FDT 45 - THIS TRAIL IS USED FOR MULTIPLE ACTIVITIES TO INCLUDE HIKING AND MTN. BIKING, ESPECIALLY AT THE LOWER PART OF THE TRAIL.  PLEASE RESPECT OTHER USERS.  This trail is a very popular mountain bike trail, so be alert for their presence.  The trail begins at an elevation of 10,166 feet (Access 1 - Breckenridge) and ends at an elevation of 9,130 feet (Access 2 - Frisco), with a highest elevation of 10,234 feet.  The elevation gain is -1,036 feet.  Since the grade from Breckenridge toward Frisco is downhill, most hikers travel from Breckenridge to Frisco and ride the free Summit Stage from Frisco back to Breckenridge.  From the Breckenridge Access, notice the forest around you.  Most of the trees are lodgepole pine of the same age.  These trees provide ground cover and/or forage for wildlife in the area.  You will cross some small clearings which were harvested in 1988.  These trees were cut to increase the wildlife habitat and to improve the health of the forest by creating age and species diversity, thereby reducing the fire danger.  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet. 

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26.  PTARMIGAN FDT 35 - BECAUSE THIS TRAIL TRAVELS INTO THE PTARMIGAN PEAK WILDERNESS NO BICYCLES ARE ALLOWED PAST THE WILDERNESS BOUNDARY AND DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH NOT LONGER THAN SIX (6) FEET IN LENGTH!  The trail begins at an elevation of 9,362 feet and ends at an elevation of 11,785 feet, with a highest elevation of 11,785 feet.  The elevation gain is +2,423 feet.  The Ptarmigan Trail is an excellent hike 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.  Approximately 3.46 miles from the trailhead you will come to the Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness boundary.  At this point you may either continue on to the summit or turn right at the boundary and follow the new trail back down in a loop.  Approximately .48 miles past the Wilderness boundary you will come to another fork in the trail.  Follow to the right to travel to Ptarmigan Pass, elevation 11,777 feet, and on into the Arapaho National Forest; or, follow to the left and go to the summit of Ptarmigan Peak, elevation 12,498 feet.  There is little water on this hike so please bring plenty of water with you!  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet. 

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27.  QUANDARY PEAK FDT 47 - The trail begins at an elevation of 11,121 feet and ends at an elevation of 14,249 feet, with a highest elevation of 14,249 feet.  The elevation gain is +3,128 feet.  Quandary Peak is widely regarded as one of the easiest "14'ers" to summit.  Hikers that make it to the summit are rewarded with spectacular views.  From the summit of Quandary Peak to the north you can view the Tenmile and Gore Ranges.  To the east are Grays Peak, elevation 14,270 feet, and Torreys Peak, elevation 14,267 feet; these are also considered easier "14'ers".  To the south is a fantastic view of the South Park Ranger District in the Pike National Forest.  To the west is Mount of the Holy Cross, elevation 14,005 feet, in the Holy Cross Ranger District, also in the White River National Forest.  Because this trail travels above timberline, you should begin your hike early in the morning because of the ever changing mountain weather.  There is always a strong chance of afternoon thundershowers accompanied by LIGHTNING.  Also be aware of the possibility of hypothermia and exposure.  Bring plenty of water, there is no water available on this hike.  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE TO MORE DIFFICULT.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet. 

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28.  SLATE CREEK (LOWER) FDT 65 - BECAUSE THIS TRAIL TRAVELS INTO THE EAGLES NEST WILDERNESS NO BICYCLES ARE ALLOWED PAST THE WILDERNESS BOUNDARY AND DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH NOT LONGER THAN SIX (6) FEET IN LENGTH!  The trail begins at an elevation of 9,490 feet and ends at an elevation of 9,912 feet, with a highest elevation of 10,099 feet.  The elevation gain is +422 feet.  The Slate Creek (Lower) Trail begins from the Rock Creek (FDT 46) trailhead.  Follow the Rock Creek Trail for approximately .34 miles to the intersection with the Gore Range Trail (FDT 60).  Turn right at the intersection and travel north for approximately .95 miles to the fork in the trail.  The trail to Boulder Lake (Lower and Upper) (FDT 59) will be to your left.  Bear right to continue on toward Slate Creek (Lower).  You will continue on this trail for approximately 2.84 miles to the next trail that will continue on to Slate Creek (Lower).  You will pass several meadows that are home to many varieties of wildlife.  After traveling the 2.84 from the Boulder Trail, the Slate Creek (Lower) Trail will be on your left.  Travel approximately 3.18 miles to Slate Lake (Lower).  The first 2 miles are fairly easy hiking as the trail contours the Slate Creek drainage.  The trail then steepens, and during the last .5 miles to the lake, the climb becomes more difficult.  The lake can be seen through the trees.  This is a good trail for riding horses.  There is good pull-through parking in the Rock Creek Trailhead parking lot for trucks with trailers.  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet.

29.  SPRUCE CREEK FDT 58 - THIS TRAIL IS USED FOR MULTIPLE ACTIVITIES TO INCLUDE HIKING AND MTN. BIKING, ESPECIALLY AT THE LOWER PART OF THE TRAIL.  PLEASE RESPECT OTHER USERS.  The trail begins at an elevation of 10,174 feet and ends at an elevation of 12,096 feet, with a highest elevation of 12,111 feet.  The elevation gain is +1,922 feet.  From the parking area, the trail leads off to the left toward Spruce Creek and is marked by traditional tree blazes (removal of square-ish pieces of tree bark).  Continue on the trail through a thick lodgepole pine and aspen forest.  Approximately 1.69 miles from the trailhead you will come to the intersection with the Wheeler National Recreation Trail - WNRT (FDT 39).  Approximately 1.22 miles from the WNRT the trail rises onto a shelf with Lower Mohawk Lake nestled against the mountain walls, to the north Mt. Helen is visible.  The trail continues approximately .34 miles to Upper Mohawk Lake.  The view from the top of this trail of Mt. Helen and rugged southern section of the Tenmile Range make for a spectacular conclusion of this trail.  Please stay on the established trail, the alpine tundra is very fragile.  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet. 

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30.  TIPPERARY LAKE FDT 61 / 60  - BECAUSE THIS TRAIL TRAVELS INTO THE EAGLES NEST WILDERNESS NO BICYCLES ARE ALLOWED PAST THE WILDERNESS BOUNDARY AND DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH NOT LONGER THAN SIX (6) FEET IN LENGTH!  The trail begins at an elevation of 8,743 feet and ends at an elevation of 9,761 feet, with a highest elevation of 10,304 feet.  The elevation gain is +1,018 feet.  The Tipperary Trail begins from the Eaglesmere Trailhead.  An abundance of wildflowers can be seen from mid-late June.  The Eaglesmere Trail (FDT 61) maintains a steady climb through aspen and pine forests, eventually reaching a clearing offering views down to Lower Cataract Lake and the valley beyond.  After approximately 2.82 miles the Eaglesmere Trail intersects with the Gore Range Trail (FDT 60).  Turn left at the intersection and continue for approximately 1.45 miles to the intersection with the trail that will take you the remaining .11 miles to Tipperary Lake.  A loop can be made back to the same general parking area by returning via the Surprise Tail (FDT 62)  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE TO MORE DIFFICULT.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet.

31.  UTE PASS FDT 24 - BECAUSE THIS TRAIL TRAVELS INTO THE PTARMIGAN PEAK WILDERNESS NO BICYCLES ARE ALLOWED PAST THE WILDERNESS BOUNDARY AND DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH NOT LONGER THAN SIX (6) FEET IN LENGTH!  The trail begins at an elevation of 9,572 feet and ends at an elevation of 12,497 feet, with a highest elevation of 12,497 feet.  The elevation gain is +2,925 feet.  The Ute Pass Trail offers some of the best views of the Gore Range available.  Approximately 2.55 miles from the trailhead you will come to a trail intersection.  Turning left will take you into the Sulphur Ranger District of the Arapaho National Forest and on into the Williams Fork River drainage.  To continue on the Ute Pass Trail and on to Ute Peak and Ptarmigan Peak continue to the right.  Continue on the Ute Pass Trail for approximately 2.17 miles to Ute Peak, elevation 12,303 feet.  Approximately 1.04 miles past Ute Peak you will come to the Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness boundary.  The trail will become steeper and less obvious toward timberline and above as you continue on to Ptarmigan Peak.  The Ute Pass Trail continues on past Ute Peak for approximately 8.07 miles to the summit of Ptarmigan Peak, elevation 12,498 feet.  This trail has limited water availability, so bring plenty of water!  Because this trail travels above timberline, you should begin your hike early in the morning because of the ever changing mountain weather.  There is always a strong chance of afternoon thundershowers accompanied by LIGHTNING.  The trail difficulty is rated MODERATE.  For directions and a topographic map please see the ROG sheet. 

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