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Silver Dollar Lake Trail #79

 4.8 (14)

Length


2.1 Miles 3.3 Kilometers


963' 294 m

Ascent

-42' -13 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

12,189' 3,715 m

High

11,232' 3,423 m

Low

Shared By Chelsea Taylor

Conditions


All Clear 7 days ago
Mostly Dry, Some Mud History

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

Chelsea Taylor

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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Jul 16, 2018
Neal Deichmiller
Jul 7, 2018
Clancey Potter
Beautiful hike, full of wildflowers and amazing views! Steady uphill but the only challenge was the altitude. 4.8mi
Jul 7, 2018
Chelsea Taylor
Hiked past Murray Lake and ended under Argentine Peak, holy wildflowers - it was insane how dense the blooms were (especially the Indian Paintbrush) 6mi — 5h 00m
Jun 19, 2018
Kristin Berg
Still a few snow crossings and some mud and water but most of the trail is clear. Wildflowers are beautiful, not to mention the views
Jun 16, 2018
Renee Romano
2.1mi
Jun 15, 2018
Alexey Dolbik
Mar 4, 2018
Erin Steven
The trail is great, but the road approach to the trailhead sucks.
Nov 12, 2017
Ron Lucero

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  4.8 from 14 votes

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