Things to do in Summit County, Colorado right now.

Prophet ogles an aspen stand on our ascent.

Today we hiked to Rainbow Lake in Frisco. We thought it would be an easy and straightforward hike but we took a wrong turn and wound up following Peak’s Trail for a while before discovering we’d gone off the “easy” trail.

The kids loved our mistake because we crossed at least seven creeks before arriving at Rainbow Lake, gleeful to avoid the bikers and large groups we’d experienced on the “correct” Rainbow Lake trail.

Hey, it all works out. We ate a few granola bars and purple tomatoes and Gnome sent a few fairy leaves down the pint-sized waterfalls spilling out from Rainbow Lake.

As usual, I’m making the hit list for myself on the blog. It’s an old habit.

GPS Scavenger Hunt
Keystone’s River Run
Weekdays between 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Guests can check out GPS units and receive instructions from the Activities and Dining office in River Run. Choose from the River Run Scavenger Hunt or the Mountain Top Scavenger Hunt. Each course has waypoints throughout to provide directions, followed by hints, clues or riddles that lead you toward the spot you are looking for. Collect the items at each spot and return them to our office to receive fun prizes, with a chance to earn the top prize if you get the highest score! The cost is $12 per GPS unit.

Tennis Clinics for Kids
Keystone Tennis Center
Tuesdays & Thursdays
10:00-11:00 am (for 5-10 years)
11:00-12:00 am (for 11-15 years)

Each child receives an-hour clinic/lesson for $15. It’s a great deal. Competitive tennis parents might appreciate the semi-private lessons.

Wild West Night
Keystone Stables
TUESDAY 5:00-8:00 pm

The fun starts at 5pm with a bike-in movie, horseshoes, lasso, and s’mores around the campfire. Food and alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Everyone is invited to hang out around the camp fire and enjoy the sunsets form the Stables vantage point. No charge just to tour the Stables and hang out by the fire. Movie starts at 6 pm. This Tuesday, the movie will be “How to Train Your Dragon.” More online.

FREE CONCERT IN THE PARK
Historic Park & Gazebo Lawn, 120 Main Street, Frisco
THURSDAY, 5:30-7:30 pm

Bring your own blankets, chairs, drinks, and hackey-sacks to hear the New Orleans Suspects playing this Thursday evening. More online.

FRIDAY FARMER’S MARKET
Buffalo Street & Main Street in Downtown Dillon
FRIDAY 9:00 am to 2 pm

A delicious farmer’s market but no pets allowed.

FRIDAY FREE CONCERT SERIES
Dillon Outdoor Amphitheater
FRIDAY sunset

With four distinct voices clustered around a single microphone, Darlingside effortlessly draw audiences into their lush musical world. The band’s sound, characterized by classical strings, tight vocal arrangements, bluegrass and rock instrumentation, and smart lyricism, is the product of complete collaboration among the four close friends. The group has no front man; instead, lead vocals are traded from moment to moment, and each song features a new combination of instruments and textures, pulling heavily from folk, retro-pop, barbershop, and chamber music.

Other great places to drop by anytime the urge strikes, the gas mullah permits, and the kids are ready to combust:

PARKS
Frisco Skate Park
Marina Park (Frisco)
Point Dillon Park & Lawn (Dillon)
Town Park (Dillon)*
Rainbow Park (Silverthorne)*
Meadow Creek Park (828 Meadow Drive, Frisco)
Walter Byron Park (306 Creekside Drive, Frisco)*
Marina Park and Dillon Amphitheatre (Dillon)*
Dillon Nature Preserve (Dillon)

HIKING TRAILS
Frisco Peninsula Trail System (Frisco)
Windy Point Area Trails (Keystone, Swan Mountain Area)
Saint Johns Road (Montezuma)
Keystone Gulch Road (Keystone)
Lily Pad Lake (Silverthorne)*
Gore’s Range Trails (Eagle’s Nest Wilderness Area)
Rainbow Lake (Frisco)*
Gold Hill (between Frisco and Breck)
Hunkidori Mine (Montezuma)
Georgia Pass Road (Parkville)
Frey Gulch Trail System (Keystone)
Chihuahua Lake (Montezuma)*
Deer Creek Road (Montezuma)
Horseshoe Gulch Trails (Silverthorne)
Lost Lake (Green Mountain/Heeney)
Old Dillon Reservoir Trailhead (Dillon)*
Buffalo Mountain (Silverthorne)
Sapphire Point (Dillon)*
Lower Boulder Lake (Eagle’s Nest Wilderness Area)
Lower and Upper Slate Lakes (Eagle’s Nest Wilderness Area)
Rock Creek Road and Trail (Silverthorne)
Ptarmigan Pass (Silverthorne)
Ute Peak/Ute Pass (Silverthorne)
Cataract Lake Lower Loop (Green Mountain/Heeney)
Mayflower Gulch (Leadville)
Laughing Jay Trail (Dillon)*
Tenderfoot Mountain (Dillon)
Loveland Pass (Arapahoe Basin)*

ALINA’S WISHLIST
Peak’s Trail from Frisco to Breckenridge
Oro Grande Trail near Lake Dillon and along peaks
Red Rocks Amphitheater 15 miles outside Denver
Dillon Cemetery
Masontown from Frisco
Officer’s Gulch from Copper Mountain