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Salt Lick Trail

Intermediate
 3.5 (8)

A mellow trail through the aspens and willows next to the stream. A good opportunity for some solitude close to town.


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Map Key

2.7

Miles

4.4

KM

Point to Point

9,980' 3,042 m

High

8,986' 2,739 m

Low

994' 303 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Wildlife

Family Friendly Not steep or difficult terrain. Close to town.

Bikes are not allowed on the top ~1/2 mile of the trail. No camping is allowed off of this trail. Dogs should be leashed.

Description

This trail leaves from the bottom of the Wildernest neighborhood and connects to the Lilly Pad Lake trail at the top. It starts out very easy, low grade along an old two track dirt road. Wander through the willows and aspens by the creek (watch for moose!) for the first 1.5 miles. Then follow the sign to stay on Upper Salt Lick Trail, take a left turn across a bridge.

The trail changes to singletrack and starts climbing on moderate gradients into the lodgepole forest towards the end at Lily Pad Lake trail. This trail connects into a network of social trails leading up to the homes in Wildernest (in general keep to the left to stay on Salt Lick Trail). This is a very nice trail for easy mountain biking, near the top the trail splits and no bikes are allowed on the last 1/2 mile of the trail, which makes this section a bit easier to hike. This trail sees surprisingly low use considering how close it is to town. You'll be largely alone until you get to the busy Lily Pad Lake Trail.

Once you get to the Lily Pad Trail at the top, you're only about 1/4 mile away from the lake, and it's a worthwhile trip!

Flora & Fauna

Riparian aspen / willow at the bottom. Look for moose and lots of birds down here. Lodgepole forest at the top, squirrels and grey jays. If you continue on to Lily Pad Lake you'll be greeted with a lovely lily pad covered pond with ducks. If you're quiet and don't disturb them, you'll hear the loud croaking of boreal toads in the pond (they're skittish and will go silent if they sense you).

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  3.5 from 8 votes

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Typical section of trails with the aspens in fall color.
Oct 1, 2021 near Frisco, CO

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Jul 12, 2022
Paul Gallaher
Two miles out and two back. Trail was dry with scattered feces. Watch your step! 4mi — 1h 46m
May 14, 2022
Paul Gallaher
Mileage is round-trip. Turned around when the trail got very wet/muddy. 3.3mi — 1h 34m
Oct 1, 2021
Troy Hartwig
I only hiked the upper half, but it was quite beautiful with a mix of aspen, low bushes and pine. As many animal tracks on the trail as boots.
Apr 14, 2021
Wesley Rich
Jul 5, 2020
slimbird
A little damp from the rain, but still nice.
Jun 14, 2020
Daylene York
5.4mi
Dec 20, 2019
Cynthia B.
Dec 24, 2018
Jenny Brown
Out with mom 3mi