I walked part, and ran part, of the Ptarmigan Peak trail four days this week - Monday through Thursday.
Why this passion for the Ptarmigan trail — mainly, because it starts across the street fro my cabin.
The view above is from my house, looking toward Lake Dillon and the Tenmile Range.
From higher up, you can see Baldy and Guyot on the left, the Mosquito Range , and then the Tenmile Range (including Breckenridge) on the right.
The trail starts in sagebrush, but soon heads into a grove of aspens, then into coniferous forest, and ends above treeline.
It’s 6 miles to the summit, but I generally do about half and then turn around and run down. I cheat some, and run downhill more than uphill (but I can rationalize that as being good for skiing).
Sunset over Lake Dillon