Salmon Willow Trail

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Salmon Willow Trail is in the southern Gore Range, part of the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located in the Eagles Nest Wilderness, Summit County. Salmon Willow Trail is north of Interstate 70, west of Highway 9, in Silverthorne. It connects the Gore Range Trail with Salmon Lake and the Willow Lakes that lie against Willow Peak and feed North Willow Creek.

The Salmon Willow trailhead is located in Willowbrook subdivision of Silverthorne. Approximately an hour up from the trailhead, the Salmon Willow Trail meets the Gore Range Trail at the base of Red Peak. The Gore Range trail proceeds north, meeting a junction with the Salmon Willow Trail. The Salmon Willow Trail ascends moderately, rising west into the valley between Red Peak and Willow Peak. Bearing to the right at the next junction, a trail leads to Salmon Lake, named for the pink boulders that surround this alpine lake. Proceeding straight to the ragged amphitheater formed by the mountains, a series of ponds lie ahead, feeding North Willow Creek. The Willow Lakes are two miles from the intersection with the Gore Range Trail. In summer, the broad valley is covered with the blossoms of high alpine and tundra wildflowers. Greatest Hikes in Central Colorado: Summit and Eagle Counties, a hiking guide by Kim Fenske, provides a description of Salmon Willow Trail.

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Coordinates: 39°42′39″N 106°10′02″W / 39.71075°N 106.16716°W / 39.71075; -106.16716