Navajo Lake Trail

HARD 12 reviews
#23 of 73 trails in

Navajo Lake Trail is a 9.3 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.

9.3 miles
2670 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.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

Amazing scenery. Tough hike but worth it!

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

gorgeous hike and gorgeous lake! definitely worth it ❤

3 months ago

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.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011