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Silver Dollar Lake Trail #79

Intermediate
 4.6 (29)

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 29 votes

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Photos

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

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Sep 28, 2020
Edgar Villeda
awesome forested and open areas, rocky af at some points, but otherwise a perfect hike.
Sep 5, 2020
Will Archer
Aug 31, 2020
matt lazio
Aug 14, 2020
Andy Markevicus
Doggo in tow 2.1mi — 2h 18m
Aug 9, 2020
Brett Sisco
Pretty Hike. Views of the 2 lake is terrific. Very broad valley with mix of alpine and subalpine trees. Lots of Pikas and interesting flowers.
Jul 24, 2020
Logan Shaver
Jul 15, 2020
Mary Kreikemeier
Jul 14, 2020
Reed Harrington
Hiked down this route after summiting Square Top, Argentine, and Wilcox to complete a loop.