Meet Your Forest: Angler Mountain Trail known for its wildflowers
Friends of the Dillon Ranger Station would like to thank Chip Babbitt, our longtime supporter (and board member) for this great description (below) and pictures of a wonderful hike up Angler Mountain. Hope you choose to enjoy this hike before the snows.
ANGLER MOUNTAIN TRAIL
Choosing a favorite hike in Summit County is difficult because there are so many wonderful trails. However, I’m partial to the Angler Mountain Trail in the northern part of Silverthorne, accessed within the Angler Mountain Ranch housing development. The trailhead is very easy to get to and you have great views of the southern mountains of the Gore Range as well as the Tenmile Range within minutes after you’ve parked and started climbing.
The lower part of the trail is known for its variety of wildflowers in the spring and early summer. In fact, some of Summit’s resident flower experts have placed dozens of interpretive signs along the trail to identify the flowers and other plants for you, making the hike educational as well as beautiful.
As you continue climbing, you pass through wooded areas consisting of pleasant Aspen stands as well as pines, but you soon emerge from the woods into open meadows offering amazing panoramic views of Silverthorne, Lake Dillon, the Gore Range and the Tenmile Range.
The Angler Mountain Trail rises fairly quickly and steadily for about 2.5 miles, with an elevation gain of about 1,200 feet, where it ends at its intersection with the Ptarmigan trail. Rising 1,200 feet in 2.5 miles gives you a good “bang for your buck” and makes this trail a great workout if you have limited time and just want to work your legs and lungs for an hour or two while enjoying great scenery. If you have extra time, you can continue on the Ptarmigan trail for about 15 minutes to the “lookout,” where you can sit for a while and enjoy a spectacular view of the area, or you can continue on to the summit of Ptarmigan Peak.
FDRD is having its fall yard sale Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the back parking lot of the Ranger District building across from Target. You might want to park across from the building because parking was limited at our last yard sale.
Jasmine Hupcey is the office and volunteer manager for Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. She can be reached at email@example.com. For more information on the organization and volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.fdrd.org.
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