Ptarmigan Trail in Silverthorne

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Oh – what a beautiful weekend we had in Summit County!  Summer is such a glorious time of year in the high country.  Having come from Nebraska with a 2 year stint in Iowa, my summers were usually very hot and very humid.  But Summit County’s summertime temperature is usually around 74 degrees!  Oh!  So wonderful.

This weekend my husband and I decided we had time for a quick hike on Saturday morning.  We started at the Ptarmigan Trailhead in Silverthorne (overlooking I70).  Then we hiked for 2 hours and ended up at the Angler Mountain Ranch trailhead.  The views were spectacular!  Just see for yourself in some of the pictures I’ve posted here.

Now – I will admit that this isn’t one of my favorite hikes.  You can hear I-70 and Hwy 9 for quite a bit of the hike (my dream hike is completely away from all civilization!) and you run across an electrical sub-station and several electrical lines.  But – as I said, the views are worth it.

It is a very steep climb at the beginning – but once you are up on the ridge it is an easy hike.  Just take the beginning a bit slower.  You can hike to the peak, which we didn’t, and then hike back out to the Ptarmigan Trailhead – we just took a short-cut.

Enjoy the pictures!!

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