Silver Dollar Lake and Murray Lake Trail

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Arapaho National Forest

Silver Dollar Lake and Murray Lake Trail is a 6.6 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Silver Plume, 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.

Length6.6 kmElevation gain325 mRoute typeOut & back
Cross-country skiingFishingHikingSnowshoeingWalkingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyForestLakeViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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SEASONAL CLOSURE: This area is subject to seasonal closure due to weather conditions. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD828419. The road leading to the trailhead can be difficult without a high clearance vehicle.

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

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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Peter Wilson
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Snowshoeing

Was there 2/20. Not crowded at all. Trail was in good condition for snowshoeing. We stopped about 2 miles in, right at the first big slide area. A group in front of us turned around .25 mile further when they felt a slab slide under them. We decided to not cross the first slide area we came to. Better safe than sorry.

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Alex Kaiser
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Jane Weinfeld
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Snowshoeing

It is not closed as the app says. Guanella Pass is closed past this parking lot. Parked at the lower lot (upper lot route closed) and snowshoed the 1/2 mile extra to the real trailhead. This section could have been done with spikes, but past the upper lot snowshoes were necessary. The trail was hard to follow, but we broke trail and found ourselves back on the All Trails “red line”. Only went about a couple of miles before we hit a boulder field and didn’t want to go any further on the snowshoes. There are a few steep slopes that you have to cross which were a little slippery. Gorgeous day though with gorgeous scenery. Naylor Lake is very pretty this time of year.

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Morgan Samuel
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HikingSnow

It says [CLOSED] but we were able to drive up to the parking lot. Some parts of the drive up from Georgetown are easier with 4x4. My pup and I did the stretch from the parking lot to the base of Bierstadt on 12/31/20 and then did the stretch from the parking lot to Silver Dollar lakes New Year’s Day. Definitely suggest paw protectors for your pup, I bought some for the second trip and he visibly enjoyed the trek much more. The path the Silver Dollar lakes trails off in random directions after tree line. We attempted to pass the scramble but it got a little dicey so we turned back. Still a great view though! Beirstadt is a straight shot with no issues. I brought snowshoes for both areas but only used them to wander in the trees. Boots are fine for either trail.

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Eden Sabala
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

review for winter hiking only: Total mileage from the lower parking lot to the Naylor Lake overlook about 3 miles and 800 plus feet of elevation gain. **Of course we hiked on the windiest day of the year ha, easily 50-60 mph wind gust all around and 20-30 mph winds sustained.** We started around 11:45 am and the only parking that is available is at the lower parking lot off of the road. After this point, the rest of Guanella Pass road is closed. The road to the trailhead is not driveable at all and is not plowed (normally in the summertime you can drive up the dirt road with a high clearance vehicle but not in the winter). We hiked with our microspikes, which was doable, however, when you climb up to the trailhead (about .7 miles and a good 500 foot climb form the parking lot) you will notice a lot of snow drifts. Snowshoes are highly recommended. You can hike in spikes but only up to the overlook for Naylor Lake (most people stopped here and turned back), anything beyond that going up the ridge to Silver Dollar Lake will need snowshoes, gear, and knowledge of extreme weather safety. In this area going up the trail to Silver Dollar, those snow drifts are easily 3-5 feet in depth and the snow is very soft and powdery. My friend and I stuck to the snowshoe trail going up but we did posthole a few times as the sun warmed the snow (we went down 6-12" each time). Since the wind gusts were so strong and powerful today, the wind did blow over a tree on our way down, so I'd imagine that will be there for a bit (see photo). If you want to get your snowshoe on or work up a good calf workout, give this trail a go in the winter. The road doing up Guanella Pass is plowed but slippery, going slow is key and watch for snow drifts on the road.

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Miranda Clark
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Hiked 12/12/2020 while it was lightly snowing. Trail has plenty of snow for snowshoeing and skiing but a few spots bare from wind at higher elevation. We made it to Silver Dollar Lake, and despite the two small parking lots being full, we only saw a handful of people on the trail and no one was traveling much further past the first lake.

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Lauren Stasi
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HikingGreat!

Loved the trail, was a little windy, but definitely got the heart rate going on the way up! My now fiancé proposed at the top! Hiked on 9/25/2020

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Kelsi Mcclure
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Hiked this trail back in Oct. Nice hike that isn’t too challenging

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Corbin Dorfner
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HikingGreat!
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Abigail Klesel
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Lola L
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Trail closed 10/24

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Kristine Brasser
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Trail closed to all uses 10/25

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Chris Caswell
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Hiking

NOTE - as of 10/23/2020, you cannot get to the trailhead if you take Guanella Pass Road from the south (from Rt. 285) as the road is closed 7 miles up. Unfortunately I did not have time to go around to the I-70 side.

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Charlee Crouse
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trails are closed due to fires - 10/24/20

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Shanice Kong
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Hiked on 10/21/2020. Got there right at 8am and I was the only car in either lots. I made it up to the trailhead parking lot with my Honda Civic, just take it slow and you’ll be fine with a low clearance vehicle. The trail was beautiful and different from my usual hikes. It gives you the forest/woods, rocky terrain, and open terrain elements all in one hike. I was looking for something short and close to the Denver area and this was perfect. It was extremely windy and chilly most of the hike once I got out of the woods. All three lakes were beautiful but Silver Dollar took the cake. The entire ascent is incline and flattens out in some areas. Highly recommend. I believe you can see Mt. Evans from the top. Highly recommend. Short and sweet hike.

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Julia Deziel
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HikingGreat!

A little erosion in spots but well-marked and not too rocky. Absolutely beautiful hike - amazing to see all three lakes/reservoirs.

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Madeline Moulton
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HikingGreat!
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Shanice Kong
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Windy but so beautiful.

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Andy Krenek
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HikingGreat!

Good tree path to rocks to open trails. I’m just out there slowly hiking with Murphy. We stop to look look for chipmunks and squirrels. People were very friendly. It was a good workout for me.(54 yr old that love pizza and donuts ) had to convince Murphy to go to the other lake. Views 10/18/20

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Zack Hersh
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Amazing and gorgeous! No trouble parking before the dirt road (.5 miles from trailhead) or at trailhead early afternoon Friday, and moderate traffic on the trail but not too bad. My small non 4wd car had no trouble w the pass and probably could do the dirt road to the trailhead as well. Last stretch leading up to the final lake is tough but very worth powering through. Bring a windbreaker! Definitely on the tougher side of moderate at times and can feel longer than it is, tho took about an hour 15 to get to the last lake.

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Lauren Arellano
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Short and sweet

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Max Utsler
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HikingGreat!

Well marked trail, not too steep - a pretty steady incline but nothing too gnarly. Beautiful views. Road to trailhead from Guanella Pass isn’t bad. Half mile dirt road to the parking lot, some bumps here and there but nothing you really need a high clearance vehicle for. Just take it slow. Would definitely recommend as a day hike close to Denver!

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Nicholas Cole
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Zachary Bell
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Backpacking

Great hike, beautiful day. Just small bits of snow in the shadows in the higher elevations of the trail. Dirt road is fine to drive on with a 2wd car.

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Kaitlynn H
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I did this today (10/17/2020). I got there around 7:45 am, so there weren’t really any people. It was a lovely hike, and after going uphill for a while, it did flatten out for a bit with gradual incline until you reached Silver Dollar Lake. The 1/2 mile up to Murray Lake was pretty freaking steep, but definitely worth it. Gorgeous views of the lakes and mountains. There was some snow/ice on the trail at times, so definitely watch out for that if you’re planning to do this trail around this time of year. Because I was there really early, there were barely any other people except a couple others. The hike back down was crowded though, so I thankfully missed the crowds of people as I was already done for the day.

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Christopher Wisniewski
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Keith Starr
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