Silver Dollar Lake and Murray Lake Trail

MODERATE 249 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
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.

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13 days 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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19 days 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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21 days 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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25 days 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.

28 days ago

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

1 month ago

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

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1 month 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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1 month ago

Took some friends that came in town out to this trail for both my and their first time doing it. Trail was awesome. Truly moderate difficulty as we stopped a handful of times to rest but the trail is very well maintained and offered great views. They don't do this often, but were all "wowed" with what this trail had to offer. Recommend!

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1 month ago

Very worthwhile, super beautiful. I would call it easy rather than moderate. One thing to note: last few miles of driving to the trailhead are on a super rough dirt road. Probably no problem in any SUV, but I was in a cheap little car and scraped the bottom several times.

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike! The views of the lakes were stunning. We traveled from KS and a few of us had to take it slow due to altitude but we made it and it was so worth it!