Silver Dollar Lake Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used 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.
I use this trail year round. Love it because it's so easy to get to and gorgeous year round. Plus my huskies love it. It was fairly windswept today and a bit difficult to find easy ways across some of the snowfields on the slope, but we did make Silver Dollar Lake today.
Went up with our dogs and it was great! Little windy up by the lake but overall a fun day. The trail was difficult to find after the first mile or so, pretty sure we made our own but everything worked out anyway. Definitely wanna go back and do this in the summer.
This is a well defined trail that's easy and fun to navigate. Great shot of Mt. Bierstadt in the distance.
This was an awesome trail! I can only imagine how gorgeous it will be with the wildflowers in bloom. Silver dollar lake was just frozen over and it looked like a winter wonderland.
Great hike, snowed about 4" while we hiked on 11/5. Road between parking lot and trailhead was very icy.
Great intermediate/starter hike for someone new to Colorado and new to the altitude! Took me about two hours, going at a slow and steady pace. Beautiful views along the way. Highly recommend. Go early! Gets busy later in the day.
Other TrailSites have different Mileage info
- US Forest Service has 1.5 Miles TrailHead to Lake (3 Miles Out/Back)
- Google Maps Calculates 2.4 Miles Guanella Pass Rd to Lake (4.8 Miles Out/Back)
- My Measurements Trails Illustrated ~2 Miles Guanella Pass Rd to Lake (~4 Miles Out/Back)
- Another TrailSite has 4-5 Miles Guanella Pass Rd to Lake Out/Back
*** Approximate 4-5 Miles Guanella Pass Rd to Lake Out/Back seems to be correct..
Spectacular hike w gorgeous views!! Trail well-marked w minimal traffic. Definitely need a 4WD vehicle to get to the trailhead, and that made it even more fun! Will definitely be back!
My wife and I hiked this trailer on Sunday Oct 23rd. What a great hike. we got there early, and were on the trail by 9:30 am. there was a little bit of snow on parts of the trail, but nothing to difficult to deal with. We had lunch at the lake and were back at the car by noon.
It was a bit cold that early on the mountain with the wind, but by the time we hit Silver Dollar Lake it was warming up, and made for a great day.
We spoke to a few really nice people, which added to our experience.
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.