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    Round-Trip Length 6.6 miles with a Starting Elevation of 9,824 – Ending Elevation of 9,928 (104’ total roundtrip elevation gain). Skill Level is Moderate.

    We will begin this hike in Frisco, Colorado at the Meadow Creek Trail Trailhead. To get to the Meadow Creek Trail Trailhead in Frisco drive westbound from Denver on I-70 and exit 203, Frisco/Breckenridge, as you drive around the elk roundabout turn right (southwest) onto the dirt frontage road (not the one that says private drive). The dirt road deadends at the trailhead at 0.6 miles. No facilities are available at the trailhead.


    When we start the Meadow Creek Trail we'll see old mining relics from the late 1800's into the early 1900's. We'll take a right at the junction of Meadow Creek  and Lily Pad Lake where we'll cross a very nice looking bridge and into the Eagles Nest Wilderness. From here we'll be able to glance and take pictures of Torreys and Grays Peaks, Dillon Reservoir, Tenderfoot Mountain and Keystone Ski Areas. When the trail forms a Y we'll stay on the main trail to the left with a nice view of Lily Pad Lake and Buffalo Mountain. A bit farther up the trail we'll see a small pond with lily pads in it. At 1.7 miles the Ryan Gulch end of the Lily Pad Lake Trail goes to the right (northeast) where we'll come to a junction of the Lily Pad and Salt Lick Trails at 2.1 miles. We'll then continue on the Lily Pad Lake Trail. Here we will be at an elevation of 9,951 ft. At 2.5 miles the trail Y's at two places. We'll stay on the main trail which is to the right and than to the left in either direction we're hiking. At 3 miles we'll be crossing the Eagles Nest boundary where thetrail becomes a dirt road with a water tank on the right. At the 3.3 mile marker we'll arrive at the Lily Pad Lake Trailhead on Ryan Gulch Road.

    Here you can either hike back with those who are hiking back to the Meadow Creek Trailhead or you can take the Summit Stage Bus back where we began. 
    Have a great week everyone!!!


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