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Silver Dollar Lake Trail #79

Intermediate
 4.6 (33)

A pleasant, quick hike through forest and alpine landscape featuring three lakes.


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Map Key

2.1

Miles

3.3

KM

Point to Point

12,189' 3,715 m

High

11,232' 3,423 m

Low

963' 294 m

Up

42' 13 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Fairly easy hike, short distance, and only mild-moderate incline in short distances.

Naylor Lake is private property. Bikes, mechanized vehicles, and hunting are not permitted. Contact the Clear Creek Ranger District for 4 day+ camping/backing regulations.

Description

There is a lower parking lot just off Guanella Pass Road. 4WD is recommended to make it the trailhead parking lot (I made it up fine in my Subaru Impreza). This is a very popular trail and an early start is recommended for parking convenience.

Half of the trail is above treeline; bring adequate clothing and plan for afternoon storms. The first 0.6 miles steadily climbs through a forest of fir trees and the occasional creek crossing that opens to an alpine valley for the next one mile before hitting Silver Dollar Lake.

The trail continues steeply uphill for about 0.5 miles to Murray Lake providing fantastic views of the surrounding peaks. You can continue another 0.25 miles around the south side of Murray to trek up the large rock for even better views. Snow is present year-round in sections.

Be prepared for a few alpine bog crossings, but most of the trail provides rocks to get through these sections. Both Silver Dollar and Murray provide excellent fishing and both lakes are primarily obstacle-free on the perimeter.

This trail is very dog friendly, so keep this in mind if you have a not so friendly dog.

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Chelsea Taylor

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  4.6 from 33 votes

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Photos

Murray Lake
Jun 16, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
Wildflowers alongside the upper Square Top Lake
Apr 21, 2015 near Georgetown, CO
Silver Dollar Lake
Jun 16, 2018 near Georgetown, CO

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Aug 28, 2021
Ian McGee
Super nice, relatively easy, alpine lake trail.
Jul 25, 2021
Floyd Hartley
Marmots amok, wildflowers through, and muddy stretches of trail. 5.5mi — 1h 50m
Jul 9, 2021
Markus T
Trail shown ends at Murry Reservoir. Silver Dollar Lake is 0.6 before Murry Reservoir. 1.7mi — 2h 50m
Oct 18, 2020
Rachel Pierstorff
4.6mi
Oct 3, 2020
Sara Morian
Hiked out and back to Murray Lake, starting around 10am. Not too crowded when we started but much more crowded on the hike back. Pup did great too — 3h 20m
Sep 30, 2020
Mike Sanders
Sep 15, 2020
Edgar Villeda
Sep 5, 2020
Will Archer