Silver Dollar Lake & Murray Lake

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Trail Stats & Info

RT length 4-5 miles
Elevation gain 1,500 feet
Difficulty moderate
Lowest elevation 11,200 feet
Highest elevation 12,283 feet
Trail type out & back
Trails Illustrated Map™ # 104
Restrooms @ TH? no (restrooms are at
the nearby camp-
grounds)

Directions

From I-70, take exit 228 to Georgetown. Take 15th St. South to CO Rd. 306 (Argentine Rd.) and turn right onto Co Rd. 306. Follow this road to 6th St., and take a left onto 6th St. Follow the sign for Guanella Pass. After 2 blocks, take a right onto Rose St. Follow Rose St. all the way to the end to the sign for Guanella Pass. Turn right onto Guanella Pass Rd. Follow Guanella Pass Rd. and just after passing Guanella Pass campground, take a right onto Naylor Lake Rd. Follow this road till you get to a parking lot to the right and the trailhead sign is on the other side of the road to the left. Naylor Lake Rd. is a 4WD road. There is a parking lot to the right just after turning right onto Naylor Lake Rd.



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After 2 attempts of trying to hike to Silver Dollar, we finally made today! Both previous attempts forced us to turn around because a thunder and hail storm rolled in without warning. Albiet, we started a bit late in the day. We had camped at Guanella Pass campground the night before, so we were right near the trailhead, which was very convenient. We were able to drive all they way up Naylor Rd. to the trailhead, which saved us about a ¼- ½ of a mile. If there was any snow on Naylor Lake Rd. then we would have parked at the bottom of the road, as we have a 2WD/rear-wheel drive pick-up truck. The beginning of the trail starts in the trees and then opens up to a view of Naylor Lake to the north and mountain views ahead. We continued on to Silver Dollar Lake, which was mostly frozen over still at this time of the year. You can turn around here, but we decided to head on to Murray Lake as we saw a fellow hiker glissading down a snow bank just below Murray Lake. By this point, the trail disappeared and snow took over. We had our GPS, so we knew where the lake was. After struggling up the steep snow back without snowshoes, we finally made it up to Murray Lake. We took some photos and some fun shot of us jumping off a rock. From here, we were able to see Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Spalding to the east. Heading back down to Silver Dollar Lake, we mustered up the courage to glissade down the snow pack, which was our first time and we were both happy we did it. It was so much fun to glissade! Make sure you have some sort of waterproof or rain pants, though, or else you’ll be hiking back with a cold wet bottom.

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About Jake & Mar

Jake and Maria have spent a good chunk of their time hiking and exploring all that the Colorado wilderness has to offer. Their ambition is to seek out all the hidden treasures of the Rocky Mountains from pristine alpine lakes, to tall dense Aspen forests, to high mountain summits. They both bring their own unique talents and abilities to Findhikingtrails.com, whether it's the organizational skills and consistent ambition to take on new terrain, or the desire to creatively record and document the experience. They are truly passionate about their site and the outdoors. "We thank you for visiting Findhikingtrails.com and wish you safe and fun adventures!"