Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness
Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness is about 13,175 acres on the southern slopes of the Williams Fork Mountains. Elevations vary from about 8,800' to 12,458' at the summit of Ptarmigan Peak. The Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness rises from below Ptarmigan Peak and ends at that ridgeline. This is typical lodgepole pine forest rising to Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir, then to alpine tundra above treeline.
From the boundary along the top of the mountain ridgeline, the terrain drops north into the wet and lush drainages of the South and Middle Forks of the Williams Fork River. These areas offer lush riparian meadows and many, many beaver dams making sure the resident brown, cutthroat, brook, and rainbow trout grow large and healthy...
There's not much in the way of hiking trails in this Wilderness. The Ptarmigan Peak Trail begins just outside Silverthorne and crosses Ptarmigan Pass before dropping into the drainages to the northeast, a 7-mile journey each way. The Ute Pass Trail follows the ridgeline boundary from Ptarmigan Pass north to Ute Peak (12,303') and then on to Ute Pass, a distance of about 10 miles.
Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness map
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