Silver Dollar Lake and Murray Lake Trail

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Silver Dollar Lake and Murray 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.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1145 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

snow

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.

3 hours ago

Love this hike! Huge views & lakes!

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1 day ago

Awesome hike with beautiful lakes !! Bring a jacket and waterproof shoes deff muddy at the top . Lost the trail on the way back and got lost in the woods be careful !!!!

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3 days ago

My favorite short hike for this summer so far. Beautiful views all around. You have to go up to the two higher lakes. A great hike for visitors to the area.

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7 days ago

I've done this trail a few times, once in late June and again in early July. There are definitely parts that are wet and snowy, but no special gear other than good hiking shoes needed. Beautiful views of the lakes! We tracked 7 miles round trip to the 3rd lake. We got rained on during the hike back, so i'd suggest bringing a rain jacket and starting early to avoid storms.

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8 days ago

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9 days ago

Absolutely love this trail! We went pretty late in the day and saw no other hikers whatsoever. Definitely love the light traffic. Lots of campers around I definitely recommend this trail.

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11 days ago

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14 days ago

Lots of elevation gain. Flowers in bloom. Lakes and views galore!

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14 days ago

No problem finding parking at the parking lot off of Guanella Pass for our low clearance vehicle that wouldn't have survived the half-mile to the TH. Lots of campers along the road meant some heavier foot traffic up to Naylor, but it was pretty empty for Silver Dollar and Murray lakes. Trail is well-defined, not very challenging, and there are plenty of pikas and marmots to cheer you along. Wildflowers abundant.

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16 days ago

Great trail. Incline all the way but doable! Plenty of people on a wednesday so i felt safe hiking solo. Took me about 2.5 hrs and was abt 6.8 miles up to the third lake and back down. It did hail at the top so bring a jacket. The trailhead is up the dirt/gravel road and theres camp sites all along the way. I just parked at the base and walked but the road was in good shape and even sedans made it up.

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17 days ago

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19 days ago

If you have a capable vehicle, park at the actual trailhead (1/2ish mile up of dirt and bumps) and not the lots right off the road. The trail is easy to stick with, has great views the entire way, tons of wildflowers, and a few really nice streams to cross. Our hike was a mix of heavy clouds and sun, which made it that much more enjoyable weather-wise. Best view (IMO) is Silver Dollar Lake coming back down from Murray Lake. If you keep moving, it's roughly 3.5 hours round trip. Streams, mud, and a few small snow patches call for waterproof boots...wear them if you got them. Awesome hike!!!