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South Willowbrook Loop

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Trail

5.0 mile 8.1 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 805' 245 m
Descent: -806' -246 m
High: 9,680' 2,951 m
Low: 8,987' 2,739 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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A 4.5-mile shady loop with some elevation and views of Buffalo Mountain and Silverthorne.

Heidi Ihrke

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

With creek crossings through sometimes rocky terrain, wildlife aplenty, and elevation change enough to keep it interesting, this is a good 4.5 mile "local's loop" in the high country of Summit County.

Description

From the trailhead, the trail splits almost immediately; stay to the left, on South Willowbrook Trail #9154, which leads you over some wooden bridge creek crossings and starts your gradual climb up. South Willowbrook Trail lasts just over a mile before it terminates at Mesa Cortina Trail. For this loop, when in doubt, take a right.

Continue up and, at 1.5 miles in, the trail will connect off to the right with the Gore Range Trail. If you want to see the waterfalls instead of doing this route, just keep going up following the signs. For the loop listed here, hop on the Gore Range Trail and continue making your climb up, taking in the views of Buffalo Mountain, Silverthorne, and beyond. The trail is quite rocky in areas and has lots of roots in others.

When the trail comes to a T, again go right on North Willow Lake Trail as it begins its descent back to the trailhead. On this trail there are more small creek crossings, chances for wildflower viewing, and tall pines. At the next T, again take the right onto Ditches Trail which will take you back to the parking lot. This is a nice shady hike with beautiful views and well-marked trails.

Flora & Fauna

Moose seen often in the area, plus the regular collection of mountain critters including the occasional bear.

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Jul 13, 2019
David Bond
5mi — 2h 00m
Jun 14, 2019
Mark Stratton
Jun 6, 2019
Brian Bolduc
Still a little bit of snow and water on the cut-over. Great fun hike. — 2h 32m
May 29, 2019
Rachel Elliott
Lots of snow still on the trail. 5mi — 5h 30m
Oct 25, 2018
Emily Jackson
Great hike with some nice creek, Silverthorne and mountain views. We took a couple detours which is why we logged 7 miles. 7mi
Sep 11, 2018
Danielle Swann

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Bridge crossings
Jul 19, 2018 near Silvert…, CO
Shady relief on the trail on a high country afternoon
Jul 19, 2018 near Silvert…, CO
Heading back down to the Willowbrook Trailhead after a solid run!
Mar 19, 2015 near Silvert…, CO

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