We needed an escape from our domesticated morning at home, so we broke out the snowshoes and headed for the mountains to Silver Dollar Lake Trail. The trail is fairly easy and short, but is steep. It is popular with cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Easy to access, it is located just off Guanella Pass, near Georgetown and Idaho Springs.Trail Stats: DISTANCE: 3 MILES ROUNDTRIP ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS: 1,000; START: 11,200 END: 12,200 AVALANCHE: N/A
J and Furry B with Naylor Lake in the background.
There are actually two lakes on the trail. The first is Naylor Lake, which is privately owned; and Silver Dollar Lake (public) awaits for you at the end of the trail. We turned around at Naylor Lake, since the sun was starting to go down, and with so much snow on the trail, the path to Silver Dollar Lake was not well defined. We definitely plan to return in the spring/summer, because we have heard the wildflowers near the lakes are amazing.
Private and oh so peaceful cabins at Naylor Lake.
Hey Joe – We found the towers!
Before heading back to the trail head, we warmed up with a hot cocoa break.
Guanella Pass – CLOSED for winter