Ptarmigan Peak (Summit County)
Colorful aspen line the valley and wonderful above-treeline views are yours on this late-season hike. The new trailhead for Ptarmigan Peak, part of the Williams Fork Mountains, is now open. In the past there were some access problems due to private property. This is a good trail, but with considerable elevation gain. The only flowing water along the way is a small creek at about the middle of the hike. The hiker will be rewarded with a lovely forest hike and wonderful above-treeline views, especially of Lake Dillon and the Gore Range. This is a rewarding outing in the fall when the valley of the Blue River puts on a show. Flanked by the Gores on the west and the Williams Fork on the east, fine stands of aspen line the valley along the mid level of both ranges. The view from the summit of Ptarmigan Peak is enhanced by its position in the apex of the “dogleg,” where the Williams Fork Mountains, after trending westerly from the Divide, suddenly turn to the north.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||3,798 ft|
|Skill Level||More Difficult|
|Duration||192 minutes up, 128 minutes down|
|Season||Early July to mid-October|
|Trailhead Elevation||9,050 ft|
|Top Elevation||12,498 ft|
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