Clear Lake Trail

EASY 11 reviews
#13 of 70 trails in

Clear Lake Trail is a 9.6 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.

9.6 miles
2857 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving




wild flowers


off road driving
8 days ago

off road driving
23 days ago

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

off road driving
24 days 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!

1 month ago

4 months ago

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
4 months ago

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

Monday, June 29, 2015

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