Lakeshore Perimeter Trail

Hiking Trails in Colorado | Lakeshore Perimeter Trail

Trail Information

Trail Name: Lakeshore Perimeter TrailAllTrails | Lakeshore Perimeter Trail

Location: Dillon Reservoir, Frisco, Colorado

Date: June 14, 2020

Time at the Trail Head: 5:45 am

Trail Length: 5.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 259 feet

Elev. at Trail Head: 9,068 feet

# of Hikers Passed: 32

# of Mnt. Bikers Passed: 2

# of Horses Passed: 0

Mosquitoes: 100

Trail Research

My family and I all love the area around Silverthorne, Frisco and Keystone, so I started looking for a reasonable length trail, rather than the long loop around the entire lake.

Lakeshore Perimeter Trail Colorado

I found the Lakeshore Perimeter Trail that was about 5.5 miles long and set off to prepare for the hike.

Drive to the Trail

I woke up at 3 am and was out the door at 3:45 am, as I always like to start my hikes at sunrise. I made it to the Dillon Reservoir before sunrise and had some great views of the lake.

Dillon Reservoir and the Dillon Marina

The above photo was near the Dillon Marina, looking west towards to Frisco, Colorado.

I made it around to the south side of the lake and found a few more great vantage points.

Lake Dillon Colorado

Looking North Towards Lake Dillon and Silverthorne Colorado

I could tell that this was going to be a beautiful day and an incredible hike.

My Day on the Trail

I was one of the first hikers at the trailhead and Ranger and I grabbed our gear and headed out to the trail. Ranger is my 4-legged hiking buddy and was not worried about any gear.

Lakeshore Perimeter Trailhead Frisco Colorado

I knew this was going to be an easier hike but being on the lake, we were bound to see some great scenery.

Note: I have to warn you ahead of time that I will be showing you a lot of photos because it was such a majestic hike around the lake.

Let’s start with the beautiful sunrise.

Sunrise over Lake Dillon

I always love the soft light that the morning sun spreads across the landscape, and of course when Ranger is in the photo.

Soft Sunrise Colors

We finally made it down to the lake after about 1/2 mile into the hike and this is where the scenery became incredible.

Sunrise over Dillon Reservoir

I started hiking to the north, counter clockwise around the lake when I noticed a small island in the distance.

Sunrise over Dillon Lake

It was a gorgeous morning, even though the lake wasn’t completely glassy, and I kept taking pictures. It’s hard to stop taking pictures when I keep seeing magnificent views on the lake.

Sunrise over Dillon Reservoir

Ranger was going crazy, running back and forth, into and out of the lake as we approached the island. I was able to get a great video of him having the time of his life. See the video at the bottom of this trail review.

Island on Lake Dillon

Sunrise over Lake Dillon and the Island

Ranger enjoying Lake Dillon

This was one of the most beautiful locations on the hike this morning and Ranger and I took time to hang out and enjoy the area before starting back on the trail.

Sunrise over Dillon Reservoir

Island at Sunrise

I am going to show you several more photos without me writing about each one, as there are so many to show you.

Sunrise over Lake Dillon

Sunrise over Lake Dillon

Sunrise over Dillon Reservoir

Lake Dillon

This photo above is at the most northern point of the trail, looking towards the town of Dillon and Silverthorne.

This next one is looking north from the trail. This is a larger island and there are actually many islands on Lake Dillon.

Dillon Reservoir

Mosquito Alert: This is where I need to let you know that June seems to be the general time frame that mosquitoes hatch and come out to pester us peaceful hikers. I didn’t see any mosquitoes from September last year to May this year, but just remember to pack some bug spray with you when the weather starts warming up.

I finally made it around to the west side of the trail, which faces towards the town of Frisco.

Lake Dillon

Dillon Reservoir

Looking North over Lake Dillon

There are a lot of islands on Lake Dillon and it’s a great to explore in kayaks or canoes.

A Beautiful Day on the Lake

Enjoy some of these photos of Lake Dillon looking west towards Frisco.

Dillon Reservoir

Lake Dillon

Dillon Reservoir

I should probably stop with all of these photos but I was really impressed with the scenery.

Lake Dillon

Dillon Reservoir

This was the point I came across several sheriff vehicles, a Search and Rescue truck and a Marine Rescue boat. I had a chance to talk to some of the officers and they told me they were launching to recover a fatality on the lake, and it was the 5th body recovery in the last 5 days.

These officers were incredible to talk to and I thanked them for their service and all they do to help the community. Here are a few photos of them and one as they were launching the boat into the lake for the recovery.

Mountain Rescue

Marine Recovery Search and Rescue

Marine Search and Rescu

The day was about over and I only have a few more beautiful lake photos to show you.

Lake Dillon

Lake Dillon

Here is a couple out in their canoe on Lake Dillon.

Canoe on Lake Dillon

Lake Dillon or the Dillon Reservoir is really a place you should add on your places to visit and explore.

Explore Lake Dillon

Trail Recommendations

I love this trail as it was easy to hike and the scenery was magnificent. It may not be a challenging trail for a lot of hikers, but there are many incredible views, and is a trail that most people can handle.

So, if you have family and/or friends that can’t handle the harder hikes or are not use to the altitude, this may be the perfect trail for them.

Lessons Learned

Make sure you wear long hiking pants, a long sleeve shirt and carry some bug spray, if you value you blood. The mosquitoes seem to love me more then most other hikers.

Check out these items below that I wear and use on the trails I hike.

I personally like to use OFF, as it is not as strong, but it still does the job. I have tried a few others that can really irritate my skin or cause problems if you make a mistake and get it to close to your eyes.

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  • Works on outer surfaces of clothing; spray shirts, pants, socks, and hats; will not damage cotton, wool, or nylo
  • Repels biting flies, gnats, no see ums, ticks, chiggers, and mosquitoes
  • Provides just the right level of protection with a traditional unscented formula.

I bought this lightweight, long sleeve shirt a few weeks back and it is an incredible shirt that also helps keep the mosquitoes off me.

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Lunch in Frisco Colorado

After the hike I headed into Frisco and found a great restaurant called the Log Cabin Cafe. They serve breakfast and lunch until 2:30 pm. They have some great breakfast items on the menu and the burger I had was incredible so I recommend you stop by and enjoy breakfast outdoors under the beautiful Colorado sky.

Log Cabin Cafe

 

Update: I took my daughter back to the same trail and restaurant two days later. This time we had breakfast out on the sidewalk on another gorgeous day in Frisco, Colorado.

Grace ordered the Log Cabin Omelet and I ordered the Breakfast Burrito. We also shared some biscuits and gravy.

I have to admit to you that Grace really liked her  omelet and the breakfast burrito was one of the best I have eaten. We finished stuffing ourselves on the biscuit and gravy under the Colorado Rockies Sunshine. I’m not sure if there is such a thing, but it felt like it on this day.

Log Cabin Cafe

This was one incredible morning and it’s only about 1 and a half hour from Denver up I-70 to the west.

Check out this short video of the incredible Lakeshore Perimeter Trail on YouTube.

I would love to know if you have had any experience on this trail or have other trails you love to hike. Leave a Comment Below or send me an Email.

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Lakeshore Perimeter Trail

9.6

Scenic Drive

10.0/10

Accessibility

10.0/10

Mountain Views

9.0/10

Lake or Stream Views

10.0/10

Well Maintained Trails

9.0/10

Pros

  • Grand Views
  • Easy Access
  • Mountain Views
  • Incredible Drive
  • Near Breckenridge Colorado

Cons

  • Some US-70 Highway Noise
  • Near Campground on West Side of Trail

2 thoughts on “Hiking Trails in Colorado | Lakeshore Perimeter Trail”

  1. Loved your photos of the Lakeshore Perimeter Trail. You had a perfect day to go hiking. Your advice about wearing long hiking pants, a long sleeve shirt and carrying some bug spray is what I need to keep in mind when I go hiking as the mosquitoes really love me too.

    Roughly how long did it take you to do your hike?

    1. Hi Suzie. I hike a little slower as I stop and take a lot of photos and videos. It took approximately 3 hours for me to make the 5.5 mile hike.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      Rick

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