Silver Dollar Lake and Murray Lake Trail

MODERATE 256 reviews
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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
1049 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.

Hiked on Sunday Nov 26th. Lots of snow on the ground. Was still hikeable with hiking boots fitted with crampons although snow shoes would work better. Went until Silver Dollar Lake. Gorgeous views all along. Noyler lake and Silver Dollar lakes were both completely frozen. Clear skies. Not too many people on the trail. The approach road to the trailhead was closed due to the snow. Had to hike an additional mile each way from the parking location at the intersection of Guanela pass road and Noyler lake road to the trailhead (the onward route was uphill).

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19 days ago

Hiked the day after thanksgiving. It was snowing and there was plenty of snow on the ground. We were able to hike with our hiking boots but did not go to the top. We had to hike (1 mike) to the trailhead bc of the snow and ice on the dirt road and then hiked about another mile before we turned back. The views and snow were gorgeous and were worth it! Our dogs had a blast.

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20 days ago

Absolute gorgeous hike on Thanksgiving Day. I had the whole overlook of Naylor Lake to myself.
I’ve only lived in CO for two months and this hike was by far the most demanding I’ve done. I was definitely winded by the time I reached the lake and took about an hour to relax and take in the stunning views with my dog. She did just fine! PS- I could not find a trash receptacle at the trailhead. Pack an extra ziplock if you have a dog. Can’t wait to return in the spring.

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Short off road drive. Good trail. Plenty of wind, snow and ice 10/28

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2 months ago

Made it up to the first lake-way too windy to keep going. The trail was covered in snow and ice (early Oct) and yaktrax were definitely needed. If you bring your dog, there are no garbage cans for poop. This hike was recommended as a “fall hike”... it’d definitely be better in the summer.

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2 months ago

Gorgeous lake views and multiple scenic overlooks. Already plenty of snow on the trail as of September 30th, some of which has turned icy and slick, so be careful! Higher altitude, so expect to experience some shortness of breath while ascending. The views of the lake and snow capped mountains at the top are so worth it!

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2 months ago

Fresh powder! No more than 6" of snow in the deepest spots, though. It was already packed down and melting in places on our way back down (which made for a few slick spots).

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2 months ago

Very steep hike. Need to drive up mountain about 8 miles before reaching trailhead. If you do not have a four-wheel drive vehicle you should probably park on a dirt path about a mile before the actual trailhead. You will have extreme difficulty getting up this road without messing up your car. The first half of the hike is within the forests mainly and then the last half is much more open out in the mountains with views of lakes along the way. The trail was very rocky so be prepared. When you are approaching the top near silver dollar Lake it will get very cold and very windy especially if you continue on to Murray Lake. The views are very amazing and you are roughly 12,000 feet elevation.

2 months ago

Definitely worth it for the views. It was pretty windy above the tree line.

2 months ago

Great hike went on a week day so the trail was pretty much empty .... highly recommend it.

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3 months ago

This trail is pretty heavily trafficked. Were on the trail by 8, back down by a little before 11 and both parking lots were full. Some pretty views and babbling brooks. It was a pretty hike.

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3 months ago