Silver Dollar Lake and Murray Lake Trail

MODERATE 152 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.

3.9 miles
1145 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


fly fishing


nature trips

rock climbing


trail running


cross country skiing





wild flowers






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.

32 minutes ago

13 hours ago

I absolutely loved this trail! Wear shoes you can accidentally get ankle deep in mud in! It was just a beautiful hike the entire way, and challenging and fun. Lots of different terrain.

I parked at the bottom and walked up the dirt road because I didn't want to chance it not having 4 wheel drive. The dirt road is just a little extra workout, and you can check out cool campsites along the way!

I give this 5 stars for sure.

22 hours ago

1 day ago

Such a beautiful hike!!! Moderate to Silver Dollar Lake but pretty steep to Murray but very short distance from Silver Dollar. Took about 2 hours to get to Lakes and hour and half to get back down. Really enjoyed this hike and so close to Denver!

1 day ago

1 day ago

Absolutely stunning! By far one of the most beautiful hikes I have done so far. Definitely recommend waterproof shoes as there are some areas with snow and mud. Moderate hike. Took about 2 hours to reach the lake and 1.5 to get back down. Will definitely be back! Highly recommend going early to avoid crowds.

1 day ago

2 days ago

Did this on 6/24/17. Easy to get to the trailhead with a 4WD. Road may be a bit rough for cars. Trail had some snow but it was easy to cross and waterproof hiking boots were enough. Nice views, nice incline and not too packed for a Saturday! I'll be back later in the summer for sure.

2 days ago

Little patches of snow but no problem ...gorgeous trail, seemed longer than 3.9 tho

2 days ago

5 days ago

Loved it ! There was still a bit of snow (June 18th) so waterproof hiking boots would be nice, but i did it in sneakers, i didnt mind wet feet. Such great views at the top.

8 days ago

Hiked this yesterday - able to make it all the way but still a good bit of snow to cross (hard packed, slushy in spots). Waterproof hiking boots will be just fine! It's a neat hike.

22 days ago

23 days ago

Im really excited to go back here in the summer because I've heard awesome things about this hike! However today it was very snowy and we were post holing a lot (we went at around 9am). We also deviated from the trail at some point and couldn't find our way back to it! We did end up at a lake (not the one we were looking for!) but by the end of the hike our feet were soaking wet!

24 days ago

Don't worry about losing your way on this trail. There's nicely packed dog crap in plastic bags all the way up to the lakes. I guess this is the way the our "fellow hikers" mark the trail. Let's see... from the parking lot you have to walk 0.7 miles to the trailhead. The dirt road that takes you there is still cover in about 3.5' of snow with down trees blocking your path. It's straight up in elevation to the TH, which is marked with a post & several baby diapers. The trail itself is still snow packed so be prepared to posthole quite a bit. The surroundings are still pretty drab, no green or wildflowers have pushed through yet. It's a pretty hike to 3 different lakes, I'm just over the heavy snow.

27 days ago

29 days ago

Worth it. 5/28/17. still lots of snow. Snow shoes will help. Can get nearly-steep at parts. Great hike nonetheless!!

1 month ago

Awesome trail- did this on 4/6 and it was 60 degrees and sunny. The trail was still completely snowy- easy enough without snow shoes but probably would have been nice to have them at some parts. Gorgeous view, especially if once you get to the clearing with the lake in view, you stay to the left and walk up the ridge to see the space from a higher view.