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Tenderfoot Mountain trails re-opened with wildfire 100 percent contained

September 22, 2017 — With the Tenderfoot 2 Fire now 100 percent contained, the U.S. Forest Service has re-opened the Oro Grande and Tenderfoot Mountain Trails near Dillon. Officials are asking that the public stay away from the nearby burn area because firefighters are still working in the area

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Why do leaves change color? The science behind fall foliage and best places to view around Summit County

September 22, 2017 — As the days begin to shorten and crisp mornings bring the anticipation of winter, Summit County takes one last breath of brilliance before succumbing to the snow. The explosion of reds, yellows and oranges from the fall foliage along the trails and across the peaks

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Best fall hikes for aspen leaves in Summit County (before they’re gone!)

September 15, 2017 — I'd always heard that aspen trees were classic Colorado, that their colors would be awe-inspiring. Humbling. It seems like just yesterday that summer arrived and the aspens started to finally bloom in rich, verdant hues. Now, every fresh morning turns them more rusted, golden. Soon

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Meet Your Mountains: Hiking guide to Bald Mountain (a.k.a. Baldy) near Breckenridge

September 2, 2017 — Welcome to Meet Your Mountains, a hiking guide series covering four iconic peaks found just outside your back door in Summit County. Read on for locals route guides to: Peak One in Frisco, Buffalo Mountain near Silverthorne, and Bald Mountain (aka Mount Baldy) and mysterious

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Meet Your Mountains: Hiking guide to Mount Guyot near Breckenridge, Colorado

August 26, 2017 — Welcome to Meet Your Mountains, a hiking guide series covering four iconic peaks found just outside your back door in Summit County. Read on for locals route guides to: Peak One in Frisco, Buffalo Mountain near Silverthorne, and Bald Mountain (aka Mount Baldy) and mysterious Mount

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Meet Your Mountains: Colorado’s Buffalo Mountain hiking guide

August 19, 2017 — Welcome to Meet Your Mountains, a hiking guide series covering four iconic peaks found just outside your back door in Summit County. Read on for local's route guides to: Peak 1 in Frisco, Buffalo Mountain near Silverthorne, and Bald Mountain (aka Mount Baldy) and mysterious

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It’s no longer ‘End of Trail’ on Old Tenderfoot Trail in Dillon thanks to new connector

August 16, 2017 — Hikers, bikers, dog walkers and gear heads: It's no longer "end of trail" on one of the most popular trails in the heart of Summit County. Thanks to help from the Friends of Dillon Ranger District, Summit County Off-Road Riders and staff from the Dillon

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Meet Your Mountains: Hiking guide to Peak One in Frisco, Colorado

August 12, 2017 — Welcome to Meet Your Mountains, a hiking guide series covering four iconic peaks found just outside your back door in Summit County. Read on for local's route guides to: Peak One in Frisco, Buffalo Mountain near Silverthorne, and Bald Mountain (aka Mount Baldy) and mysterious

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Bootprints Hiking Guide: The mysteries of the Gore Range, Part 2

July 29, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the second installment in a two-part series. Read on for Part One from the southern stretch of the Gore Trail. Last week as I headed north on Highway 9 — leaving the county on a road trip to the mountains of

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Bootprints Hiking Guide: The mysteries of the Gore Range, Part 1

July 28, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the first installment in a two-part series. Read on for Part Two on the northern stretch of the Gore Trail. I have been drawn to the harsh peaks of the Gore Range since visiting Summit County in 2014. Since moving here

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Backpacking 101: Experts share favorite trails and tips for multi-day hiking

July 21, 2017 — Backpacking season has arrived. Thanks to warm mornings, cool afternoons (if there's rain) and crisp, clear nights, July and August are prime months to hit the trail for two or three days at a time. Maybe it's been a while since you broke in your

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Hiking 101: Your guide to Summit County hiking trails, maps and other essentials

July 14, 2017 — Ask just about anyone who's spent time in Frisco and chances are good they've been to — or at least heard of — Mount Royal. The 10,494-foot false summit en route to Peak 1 (12,933 feet) is one of the most popular hikes in Summit

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Bootprints Hiking Guide: Upper and Lower Boulder Lakes in the Eagles Nest Wilderness

July 8, 2017 — The Eagles Nest Wilderness Area north of Silverthorne is nearly 133,500 acres of forestlands protected in a primitive condition by Congress in 1976. The wilderness area was carved out of undeveloped and abandoned parts of the Gore Mountain Range. The Gore Range itself was named

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Bootprints Hiking Guide: Mount Antero, Nathrop’s hometown 14er

June 3, 2017 — Mount Antero (14,269 feet) is the 11th highest 14er in Colorado and surrounded by many of the highest. The hike to the summit is ranked in the middle of difficulty among 14ers, accessed most often by Baldwin Gulch, a four-wheel road. The area can be

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Colorado Hiking Trips: A Classic Summit County Trail to Upper Cataract Lake

June 1, 2017 — Upper Cataract Lake is located south of Mount Powell (13,534 feet), below the Eagles Nest for which Eaglesnest Wilderness Area is named and is the perfect trail for a Colorado hiking trip. It forms a tributary for the stream of Cataract Creek that flows down

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Summit County Hiking Places: Ptarmigan Peak near Silverthorne

May 27, 2017 — The Ptarmigan Trail is a great local hiking trail located east of Silverthorne, across the Blue River Valley from the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. SUMMIT COUNTY — The Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness Area is 12,594 acres of forest, meadow and tundra, making it an ideal hiking

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Winter Hiking Guide: A short-and-sweet trip to Mount Royal, Frisco’s hometown overlook

March 18, 2017 — Editor's note: This is a bi-monthly winter hiking guide. Until the trails thaw, stay tuned for more winter hiking reports from now through April. Springtime certainly seems to have arrived in the Rockies. Yesterday morning, I hiked in a short-sleeved T-shirt. Though it feels and

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Winter Hiking Guide: Tenderfoot Trail offers unbeatable views of Tenmile Range

March 11, 2017 — Editor's note: This is a bi-monthly winter hiking guide. Until the trails thaw, stay tuned for more winter hiking reports from now until April. The view atop Tenderfoot Mountain is so expansive it can barely be captured in a camera lens. On the far left

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Hike Summit: Missouri Lakes Trail in Colorado’s Holy Cross Wilderness Area

October 1, 2016 — The Missouri Lakes Trail is one of the most popular in the Holy Cross Wilderness Area. Due to heavy snowpack, which does not completely melt until the middle of summer, the flat valley in which the lakes reside has soft, damp wetland mats that allow

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Tempting the Tenmile Range Traverse from Frisco to Breckenridge (360 video)

September 29, 2016 — It rained later that night. And it rained hard. My roommate walked down from his room and mentioned the lightning. I hadn't noticed it all that much — I was too busy staring blankly at the Olympics while rolling out the soles of my sore

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