Clear Lake Trail

EASY 22 reviews
#11 of 90 trails in

Clear Lake Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silverton, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, scenic driving, and off road driving and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,654 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

off road driving
1 day ago

Great jeep trail with awesome views. The trail is fairly easy with a high clearance vehicle. 4x4 recommended - though I saw a Subaru Outback and a Toyota Rav 4 on the trail. Many rough spots, semi-wide switch backs. Of course the views are what make this trail incredible and Clear Lake is a beautiful spot to relax and meditate, hike around, and take some wild flower photos. Very serene!

off road driving
1 month ago

Great easy off-road trail. 1 downed tree that was easy to pass under in my wrangler. Stopped about half a mile to the lake due to snow about 3 feet deep covering the remainder of the road. Hiked to the lake and it is currently completely frozen over. Few washouts on the trail at the start of each switchback you will have to straddle to get up in a vehicle. 4 wheel drive recommended but wasn’t needed in the Jeep. Medium clearance would be my suggestion. Plenty of rocks in the road but only had to move one to make it with no scrapes.

2 months ago

Went up the trail 5/14/2018 during a perfect sunny warm day. The spring of 2018 was extremely dry so the climb up was overall pretty easy and dry. Came across a few down trees during the climb but our Land Rover Discovery fit under them with a few inches to spare. I assume the trail isn’t cleared very often. As we approached the summit we came across some drifted snow which blocked the trail as well as a fair amount of 1-3’ rocks that had fallen on the trail so we hike the last section up to the falls. Beautiful scenery and long range views. Great trail but as you reach the summit the trail narrows however there a several places to pull off on the way up. Passed only one other truck on the climb. Had a great time, great trail.

off road driving
8 months ago

One of our favorite trails while we were in the silverton area! Beautiful lake!

off road driving
9 months ago

Very nice view when you reach the top. It's a slow drive with narrow parts, and many switch backs, but well worth the trip.

off road driving
10 months ago

Beautiful drive up the mountain. The view is breath taking all the way up!

off road driving
10 months ago

Beautiful trail!

off road driving
11 months ago

Beautiful scenery and wildflowers. Quite cold at the crystal clear lake. Easy in-and-out road.

off road driving
11 months ago

amazing views! easy trail to drive and can be done in 2wheel drive all the way up. Will deff do it again but hopefully the sun will shine next time. . cold wind blows off that lake!

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Just hiked to the first basin and a little up the trail.Along hike for me,maybe nest time to the lake.

off road driving
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Been up to Clear Lake before about 1997. This time I was able to get more pictures. A beautiful day in Sept. Easy Drive in my four Runner as long as there is no rain or snow ,no problem.

off road driving
Friday, June 24, 2016

Be sure to have experience in back roads if you attempt this trail. The roads are very narrow and several tight switchbacks. The trail has steep drop offs that are scary for a novice. The stretch before the waterfall is a nail biting experience due to the steep drop off (above tree line) and bumpy narrow road which at times you have to move over to let others go by from the other direction. The waterfall and view from there is awesome once you make it though! The road to actual lake had too much snow so we decided to not attempt the last portion which was disappointing. If we had more trail experience with a jeep then it may not have been such a scary drive. It is beautiful and worth just glad we didn't go off the side!

off road driving
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Great trail....did it 2 years ago and was worth the drive for sure. Tried it today and had to turn around at the waterfall because the last part of the trail was covered in snow :( Wish we could have made it to the top but maybe next time. I recommend going later in the summer.

off road driving
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Fun trail but not able to make it to the top due to snow blocking the trail

off road driving
Friday, March 01, 2013

Out of Silverton, off US550 on CR7. After about 3.7 miles turn on Clear Lake 4X4 road. Easy climb up the mountain (12 switchbacks). Road ends at the lake, elevation: 12,000+' We drove this trail twice while we were in Silverton in 2010

hiking
14 days ago

backpacking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

off road driving
11 months ago

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Monday, June 29, 2015