Navajo Lake Trail

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Navajo Lake Trail is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Dunton, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from June until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

9.1 miles
2,467 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding






wild flowers



Directions from Dunton, Colorado: Travel north on Forest Service Road #535. The trail begins approximately 1.5 miles north of Burro Bridge.

4 months ago

favorite lake hike in Colorado

9 months ago

Beautiful hike. Steady slight incline until the last km. Lots of streams to get water en route if needed. Only saw one other hiker on a gorgeous day, so I wouldn't call this one heavily trafficked.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Did this trail a couple times. It's a trek in, but the mountain meadows and the changing scenery are lovely. Great spot to hit the Wilson's.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Great hike. It wasn't crowded as I expected on a Saturday. By Telluride standards I wouldn't call it difficult until the last section of switchbacks before heading down to the lake. Highly recommend

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Amazing scenery. Tough hike but worth it!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Flatlander, completed with family at end of a week of vacation at elevation - including a 13 and 10 year old. Encountered a sleet shower at the top (in mid July) and some rain - bring a rain jacket. Woods and meadows all the way with views of mountain peaks. Really steep climb mile 3 to 4 then a drop into the lake basin. Awesome mountain lake surrounded by peaks.

Friday, July 07, 2017

gorgeous hike and gorgeous lake! definitely worth it ❤

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Great trail- beautiful lake. Beautiful open meadows with frequent views of the San Miguel mountains. Would have probably given it a 5/5 had I not hiked Blue lakes basin the next day. Big plus this trail had going for it that Blue Lakes did not was solitude. Very few others using the trail.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Awesome!! Glad we veered of the trail to look at waterfalls. Gorgeous!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Awesome trail, but make sure you take into consideration the vertical gain durring the last 2 miles or so. Navajo Lake was still partialy frozen. A must do and right next to 3 of the Colorado 14er's.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My family and I hiked this trail in 2011. Found out about it in Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails by David Day. This was our first big overnight hike we did as a family. There is a difficult section just before you descend down to Navajo Lake, but it is worth all the effort. Depending on the time of year, a lot of climbers will use this route to reach Wilson Peak.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Did this hike in July 2011. Not difficult. Easy. Went through two meadows of thick tall skunk cabbage. Never saw that much before. Flowers and streams were pretty too. Conner was 13 years old for this hike. It was his last long one.

5 months ago

8 months ago

Wednesday, May 25, 2011