Kettle Ponds

Silverthorne, Colorado 80497

Kettle Ponds

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"This gentle, uncrowded hike follows an old mining road then travels on the Gore Range Trail (GRT), climbing a lateral moraine left by two epochs of glaciers. The GRT wanders around the top of the forested glacial debris, past many small ponds, some covered with lily pads.

Conifers grow thickly on the moraine—mainly lodgepole pine interspersed with a few aspen, spruce, and fir. You’ll notice many dead lodgepole pines, killed by the mountain pine beetle. Dropping down to cross South Rock Creek, the trail crosses a few boggy areas then climbs to an unnamed lake. The peaceful destination provides views of Red Peak, with its craggy ridge, and the Thorn."

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"This gentle, uncrowded hike follows an old mining road then travels on the Gore Range Trail (GRT), climbing a lateral moraine left by two epochs of glaciers. The GRT wanders around the top of the forested glacial debris, past many small ponds, some covered with lily pads. The moraine is covered with conifers—mainly lodge-pole pine interspersed with a few aspen, spruce, and fir. Dropping down to cross South Rock Creek, the trail crosses a few boggy areas, then climbs to an unnamed lake. The peaceful destination provides views of Red Peak with its craggy ridge, and the Thorn. Between 150, 000 and 12, 000 years ago, two periods of glaciation (Bull Lake and Pinedale) deposited thick sheets of ice in this area. As the glaciers crept forward, they eroded the land underneath and pushed the resulting sediments out of the way, creating ridges known as lateral moraines. Hunks of ice sometimes became embedded in the moraine then melted creating small ponds. Geologists call these depressions kettle ponds or kettle holes." Read more

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6/18/2016
Fun hike, easy to find and easy to follow the trail. It was a mix of up and down and a nice lake/mountain view for a reward at the end. Rough road to get there, not remotely 4WD required, but not sure a sedan could get there over some of the bumps
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5/14/2007
Good hike to start off the season. Good mix of terrain. Great forest feel. Lakes are pretty but never get above tree line for vistas.
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Trail Information

Silverthorne
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
6.4
Distance
600 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2.5-4.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
USDA Forest Service, Dillon Ranger District, 680 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne; (970) 468-5400; www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver; www.dillonrangerdistrict.com
Local Contacts
USGS Willow Lakes; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 108 Vail/Frisco/Dillon; Latitude 40˚ Summit County Trails; USFS White River National Forest map
Local Maps

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Dec 2018