August 2, 2014 · 7:15 AM
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Let's take a photography-based hike to Silver Dollar Lake located on Guanella Pass Rd., above Georgetown. We'll meet at the visitor center in town (see map), please be prompt. Maybe we can arrange a bit of ride-sharing and then proceed to the Trailhead. Or, consider meeting some other hikers at the Park-n-Ride near Morrison.
The trailhead begins by weaving through an evergreen forest with a small stream and abundant wildflowers. Eventually we'll reach an area where the trail climbs several hundred feet via switchbacks. The trail levels off above timberline and remains fairly level after that. My memory of the trail is that there are numerous alpine wildflowers and the occasional wet and muddy areas to cross.
Bring a wide angle for landscape images and a macro or close-focusing lens for the wildflowers. Also bring waterproof boots, monopod if you have one or hiking poles , food & water that you can carry in. Consider bringing a poncho or something to keep you dry in case some monsoon clouds move over the area. Since a good part of the hike is above timberline, maybe a light jacket or similar in case you chill easily. Consider bringing dry shoes & socks to use at the end of the hike. My cell in case you're late: [masked]
Here's some facts about the hike:
Hike length: 2.3 miles round-trip
Start is 11,235 ft, max. elevation is 11,967 ft. (gain of 772 ft.)
This is classified a Moderate hike.
Dogs are allowed on the trail.
I'll encourage you to hike at your own pace, stopping whenever you want.
Seen along the Trail to Silver Dollar Lake: