Silver Dollar Lake Trail

MODERATE 145 reviews
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Silver Dollar 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.

2 days ago

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20 days 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.

24 days ago

1 month ago

One of my favorites

2 months ago

If you hike to the ridge with the power lines going over, you're at 13,600 Clear Creek Co/Summit Co line, view.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

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snowshoeing
3 months ago

I use this trail year round. Love it because it's so easy to get to and gorgeous year round. Plus my huskies love it. It was fairly windswept today and a bit difficult to find easy ways across some of the snowfields on the slope, but we did make Silver Dollar Lake today.

3 months ago

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Went up with our dogs and it was great! Little windy up by the lake but overall a fun day. The trail was difficult to find after the first mile or so, pretty sure we made our own but everything worked out anyway. Definitely wanna go back and do this in the summer.

snowboarding
3 months ago

6 months ago

This is a well defined trail that's easy and fun to navigate. Great shot of Mt. Bierstadt in the distance.

hiking
6 months ago

This was an awesome trail! I can only imagine how gorgeous it will be with the wildflowers in bloom. Silver dollar lake was just frozen over and it looked like a winter wonderland.

6 months ago

Beautiful trail

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, snowed about 4" while we hiked on 11/5. Road between parking lot and trailhead was very icy.

hiking
6 months ago

Great intermediate/starter hike for someone new to Colorado and new to the altitude! Took me about two hours, going at a slow and steady pace. Beautiful views along the way. Highly recommend. Go early! Gets busy later in the day.