Spud Lake

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Spud Lake is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Silverton, Colorado and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
419 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

lake

rocky

nature trips
27 days ago

Short, simple, beautiful. And the water was cold but great! Recommend shoes with good ankle support because even though it’s easy, there was a lot of loose rock. Also to get all the way to the trailhead will require decent clearance on your car.

If you’re looking for the trailhead in google maps, it’s called Potato Lake, not spud lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Rough drive to the trailhead. SUV or pickup truck is best. You need the ground clearance. Once there, it's an easy hike. Especially beautiful in Autumn when the leaves are changing. Be advised that if you want to take a dip, the water is very cold. Don't ask me how I know.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy, short hike

3 months ago

Great hike!

hiking
7 months ago

I've heard that it's a lovely hike, but we didn't actually do it because the directions link sent us to a place several miles down the road. The road conditions are really bad, so a couple of miles meant that the actual trallhead was out of our reach for the day. I realize that this was our own fault, but I wanted to leave a review so that others know not to trust the link sent to their phone.

9 months ago

Great family hike. Very gradual elevation gain. The lake is amazing. Go early to avoid the crowds.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice scenic hike, took a 2 1/2 year old who walked most of it himself (on the way in) and backpacked a 6 month old and wasn't too difficult by any means.

9 months ago

Since I read everywhere this trail was easy, I dragged along my overweight brother, my 6 year old son and my 3-legged dog.... Lime Creek Road becomes rocky pretty quick and I drove as far as I deemed it doable for my little Honda. we parked on the side if the road and walked up the remaining 1.2 miles (according to my phone app). It was Rocky and all up hill. We made it to the Lily Pond where a nice couple told up the trail head was a few feet up on the left. Off we went, more uphill, more rocks. I didn't check the time, but it took us at least an hour and a half (possibly more as we took many breaks on the way up). Once we made it to the lake, it was definitely worth the sweat and effort. We ate our lunch, dipped our toes in the water and eventually headed back. The trip back down took no time at all, but the mile down Lime Creek Road dragged on forever!! Since this is rated as easy, I'm clearly more out of shape than I care to admit. I'm so happy we did it, it was beautiful, it was an adventure and we can't wait to explore more trails :-)

hiking
9 months ago

One of our favorites! Easy hike, and the view is amazing!

hiking
9 months ago

Getting to the trail head wouldn't be easy to access without a 4x4 or high clearance vehicle. The hike to the lake isn't hard but some parts are very rocky. Ponds along the hike are maybe cooler than the main lake at top. Overall very worth it and on the easy side.

hiking
10 months ago

Eight of us ranging from 11 to 59. So a minivan is not the right vehicle for lime creek road. We had to park it halfway. Make sure you got high clearance to make it to the trailhead. That made the hike a little longer. No problem though. 1.5 hours to the lake and 45 minutes back out. Beautiful hike and awesome lake. We caught a few trout and cooled our toes off in the water.

10 months ago

Great for the kids, beautiful up there and the kids enjoyed their well earned swim.

Drive to the trail head would be challenging with a car/truck with low clearance

10 months ago

Beautiful

hiking
10 months ago

Make sure you have a 4x4 if your not from the area.

11 months ago

Beautiful!!

hiking
11 months ago

My girlfriend, 2 kids, and 2 dogs loved this trail. Well-shaded for the most part, nothing my 6-year old couldn't handle, but some older people did struggle a bit. The views are amazing and you might want to bring swimming trunks for Spud Lake at the end. It's breathtaking. Getting to the trailhead is an adventure itself tho. My lifted Chevy made it pretty easily, and there were even some cars at the trailhead. You will want to take that 2-3 mile stretch of road pretty slowly tho.

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Watch out for the roads can't take a car to it . Will have to park and hike down road too many ruts and big rocks on road. If u have truck will be fine!

backpacking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

The lake is still frozen 4/16/17 but a fun mellow hike. I'd wait till summer to hike this one. Also the snow is not plowed 1.7 miles before the trail head

snowshoeing
Friday, March 17, 2017

Great great great hike! Such incredible views! A few things to note! The road is blocked by snow about 1.7 miles short of the trail head. The group of mine, 12 people, just cleared a great path the goes directly to the lake, 3/16/17. Overall, it was just short of 6 mile trip! Bring lots of water and some snack because it's an uphill adventure.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Awesome hike with the family. My 5 and 3 year old had a blast. Once at the lake they wanted in but didn't plan for that and it caused a melt down. Other than that awesome views and hike.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tried to go but the road construction has it blocked off. They said that it would be blocked off through the rest of the month...heads up!

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

Very nice hike up 440' to Spud Lake through Aspen groves. First third of Lime Creek road was fine but final two-thirds was pretty rocky. Only saw small SUV's and a Jeep. Nice views around the lake. Saw multiple families and even one 2-1/2 year old that was making it.

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

Excellent early morning hike.

hiking
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Beautiful! Make sure you have a high clearance vehicle and patience- the road up is pretty rough. The trailhead is hardly marked, but it's just past the lily pad pond where the road makes a sharp right. There are plenty of wildflowers this time of year and the temperature of the water is perfect.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Easy hike! The trailhead is to the left of the Lilly pad pond where you park your car. I made the accident of walking further up the road but not before I realized people were going in/out of the trailhead below :)

hiking
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Great views, beautiful lake. Best views on the far side of the lake. Would've been great for swimming if i had more time.

hiking
Monday, April 04, 2016

One of my favorite hikes in the area.
I've hiked there in the summer and enjoy swimming in the frigid waters.
There's some great campsites on the northwest end of the lake that offer great vistas of the Twilight mountains.
I also bushwhacked my way there a few weeks ago and the road was impassable a few miles down from the trailhead.
The trail itself was buried under a few feet of snow, but it made for a fun adventure following the great Mt. Spudnick!
Great, easy hiking in the summer for all ages.

hiking
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Great short hike with beautiful lake at end! Like others have said, the trek to the trailhead was pretty bumpy!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Great hike with kids. The views are beautiful and the lake is perfect to play in.

birding
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It was a trek up to it. We have an Outback. The views are breath taking. Very rocky terrains. Beautiful

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