On the summit with friends
Just west of the Continental Divide rises sweetly named Tenderfoot Mountain. In a neighborhood of soaring peaks, gentle Tenderfoot does not even break the 12,000 foot barrier. This is a rounded, wooded hill, fortunately graced by an open summit that affords the visitor pleasant views of the surrounding high country as well as a neat view of Dillon Reservoir sprawling below.
1583rd highest peak in Colorado
Trails Illustrated Map #108 Vail, Frisco, Dillon
Rank & Prominence: Lists of John
Tenderfoot Mountain is a highly accessible peak, flanked by I-70 to the north and US Hwy 6 to the south.
Western Slopes / Ridge
Directions Per the Summit County Explorer :
In the trees
Take I-70 to exit 205 (Silverthorne) and then follow route 6 east for a little over a mile to a traffic light at the intersection of Evergreen Rd. and Lake Dillon Dr. (Lord of the Mountain Lutheran Church is on your left.) Turn left at this light and make an immediate right onto County Road 51. You will see a water tank on your right. Continue just past the Dillon Water Treatment Facility to a parking lot on your right. The trail starts here at the eastern edge of the parking lot.
The trail meanders upward for about 1.25 miles to a sign marking the trail's end at about 9885 feet. From here, follow the attached GPX route eastward along a gentle ridgeline to the summit.
Frey Gulch Jeep Road
According to this trip report
on Lists of John, a steep Jeep road ascends the east side of Tenderfoot Mountain via Frey Gulch.
The topo map suggests there may be a route from the north, though I have no beta on this option.
Resting at the thing
There is little if any red tape in this part of the White River National Forest and no fees are required to access this peak.
Weather and Seasons
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|Tenderfoot Mountain is a year-round peak. In thesummer, take a break from windsurfing Dillon Reservoir to enjoy cool breezes atthe summit of Tenderfoot Mountain. In the fall, the air turns crisp and theAspen blaze golden. Winter is a fine time to visit this peak, but remember thatthe nearby ski resorts were developed in this area in part due to the generoussnowfall. Anticipate deep powder and don’t be at all surprised to be breakingtrail, even before leaving the trail behind for the bushwhack to the summit.|
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High country in the clouds
There are nearly 350 campsites in the Dillon Reservoir area. Most of them are closed from early September through mid May. Below are five “east shore” campgrounds operated by the National Forest Service.
|Site has 24 camp sites at 9,388' elevation. Amenities: Vault toilets, water and garbage service. Fees are $16 per night, plus an additional $5 for an electric site.|
|Site has 106 camp sites at 9,117' elevation. Amenities: Vault toilets, water and garbage services. Fees are $16 per night.|
|Peak One Campground|
|Site has 79 camp sites at 9,050' elevation. Fees are $17 per night. Amenities: Vault toilets, water and garbage service.|
| ||Windy Point Campground|| Windy Point is available for group camping only and reservations are required (877.444.6777).|| |
|Pine Grove Campground|
|Site has 33 camp sites at 9,062' elevation. Fees are $15 per night, plus an additional $5 for an electric site. Amenities: Vault toilets, water and garbage service.|
Views to the west from the western slopes
Another view of the reservoir
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