Ranger | 3329 pts
I did this trail a few days after a snowfall and it was nice, quiet and not crowded, I probably saw a total of 5 people during my hike, most of them as I was coming back. It starts in a residential area in Silverthorne and for the first mile or so you can see I-70 and hear it. Afterwards it turns quiet and more woodsy before opening up to more scenic places with meadows and great views of Buffalo and Red mountains. At at about 2 miles or so I turned to the Wheeler Gore trail and followed it for about 1 mile or so before stopping and turning back. The two guide books here suggest that because of possible avalanche danger. The two guide books also list the total length of the trail (in and out) as 7 or 7.5 miles. The snow on the trail was fresh and I used my snowshoes all the way in and out. The trail was readily visible most of the time but not always, so having a good map and a GPS was helpful. The trail is pretty easy too with little elevation gain but you are starting at 9200 ft. It took me a little over 4 h to complete with a nice leisurely lunch stop in a meadow before turning back.