Tenderfoot Trail offers unbeatable views of Tenmile Range

The view atop Tenderfoot Mountain in Summit County, Colorado is so expansive it can barely be captured in a camera lens. On the far left is Keystone Resort and glimpses of 13ers Mount Guyot and Bald Mountain. Also on the left, the Tenmile Range and Breckenridge Ski Resort unfold with unobstructed clarity. All the way down the line, I count the 10 peaks. The town of Frisco rests straight ahead directly underneath Mount Royal.

The sleepy town of Dillon rests at the base of the mountain, nestled along the shoreline of Lake Dillon. Wildernest Road is traceable as it snakes its way up the hillside underneath Buffalo Mountain. To the right, the mighty Gore Range pops up dramatically, starting with the noticeable Buffalo Mountain. From this vantage point, the entire Gore Range is in plain site. This hike offers so much to the beholder and at the top of Tenderfoot Mountain hikers are given clear views of Summit County in its entirety.

Tenderfoot Trail is a relatively easy hike: not much elevation gain and not very long. To reach Tenderfoot Mountain travel on the Oro Grande Trail for about half a mile. Oro Grande is a gentle trail that weaves through aspen groves until topping out on a high hill.

A small signpost on the left indicates the start of the Tenderfoot Trail. The trail steepens briefly during this initial portion. At this point the views are to your back, as the trail takes you uphill towards the Tenderfoot summit.

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