Silver Dollar Lake Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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Directions from Georgetown: From the Georgetown I-70 exit, #228, follow the signs for Guanella Pass through Georgetown. On the first dirt road past Guanella Pass Campground (9 miles) turn right. (At this point if you do not have a 4 wheel-drive vehicle, please park your car here) Go up this dirt road about 1/4 mile to the trailhead.
beautiful hike, not many people
Hiked late July. The wild flowers were astoundingly beautiful. Wear a shoe with some good tread, a low tread tennis shoe or sandal wouldn't be a good idea for this one.
I didn't like this hike. While it was pretty enough, it's straight up and steep going down. My dog had a great time, but I thought it was just meh.
Nice short hike, elevation can make breathing a bit difficult if you are asthma prone but otherwise easy and quick hike!
Great views for a short hike. Definitely go the little extra up this hill past silver dollar to the next lake. I've done this hike twice cas I love it. The road up is a little sketchy but makeable
9/18/16 - Cool (mid 30s ((7:30am) to mid 50s (2:00pm)). Very windy day - all day. Easy to moderate well "backed" trail - trail to upper (Murray Lake) moderate to steep. Encountered less than 10 hikers, most with dogs, before 10:00am and then 50+ hikers for the entire day.
Saw a Bald Eagle early on the hike - no big game. Fall foliage getting near it's peak - probable sometime this week.
Fished both lakes - 2 plus hours - no hits.
Great shorter but strenuous hike, fine for beginning hikers! Crowded, but worth it. Very dog friendly, lots of dogs on and off leash, I liked that I could let my well-behaved, non-confrontational dog off leash and most didn't complain about it. Bring a jacket, cold and windy at the lake. Uphill and strenuous at the bottom 1/3, top 2/3 was above treeline, great scenery. Didn't hike to the second lake, but will the next time. It's 2 miles up from the parking area inside the campground (dirt and rocky road, need a little clearance, steep in some places, Subaru was totally fine), 3 miles up from the paved parking lot on Guanella Pass road.
what a great day beautiful weather beautiful place I loved it
It was a pretty hike, the app is misleading though. It is 6.2 miles from the bottom of the road, which continues 1 mile (one way) to the trailhead. To get the full 6 miles you'll be walking up a dirt road, which is where the trail map supposedly says to start. Otherwise, not my favorite hike but still pretty. A little steep at places, and it was hardly a 10 minute walk up to Murray Lake, but in my opinions was better than Silver Dollar. Though it was warm at the car it got very cold and windy up top! I wore long sleeve with a sweatshirt and was still chilly, so go prepared. Lastly, the road up to the actual trailhead is technically 4WD. My Saturn made it fine, but if you don't have a high clearance vehicle and don't want to walk the road, just be prepared to drive slow and you can maneuver around d what you need to to get by.
Beautiful views, you can continue to drive up past where the map directions take to and park right at the trailhead. Went on a Sunday morning around 10:00 and not too many ppl on the trail. Bring a blanket or sweatshirt, it's chilly at silver lake.
It's mid August on a 85 degree day in Lakewood. I could have used a light jacket when I got up there. It was beautiful, perfect weather for a hike. I kept going going with my dog off leash without any issues. There were three mini ponds towards the end of the trail past the silver dollar lake and you could see streams from across the way that contribute to this beautiful lake. I wouldn't say it's a difficult hike. Clear and obvious trails to fallow but is is a little bit of distance.
Nice trail to do early and beat the crowds. Easy to navigate. It begins with a more difficult steady climb that levels as you approach Silver Dollar lake. If you still have energy and wish to continue you can do an even more challenging section to Murry Lake.