Photography-based Hike to Silver Dollar Lake

  • 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:

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  • Elisa

    Everyone's photos are so nice and really capture what a beautiful area and hike it was. The day was perfect.

    1 · August 7, 2014

  • Cindy D.

    Thank you Ben for organizing the hike. It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday!

    August 5, 2014

  • jeanne

    Beautiful day and the pictures are wonderful! Thanks Ben!

    August 4, 2014

  • Rebecca

    Fellow photographers Walker Ranch near Boulder is THICK with wild flowers

    3 · August 3, 2014

    • Dorothea

      is there a certain trail that you are recommending?

      August 3, 2014

  • Dorothea

    What a beautiful hike and wonderful people. Thanks for setting this up, Ben. Did I tell you son's name is Ben? Great name.....:0)

    2 · August 2, 2014

    • Bob C.

      Dorothea thanks for coming and sorry I was not there to welcome you to our group. Made a change to go to Lake Isabelle so I could scott my next meetup to blue lakes next month. Thanks for the returns and hope to catch ya soon

      1 · August 3, 2014

    • Dorothea

      haha did Ben tell you I was not coming anymore? He said he would trick you :0)

      August 3, 2014

  • Rebecca

    Fellow photographers Walker Ranch near Boulder is THICK with wild flowers

    August 3, 2014

  • Roberta

    Thanks Ben for another great meet-up. We always enjoy your get togethers!

    August 3, 2014

  • Hilde

    Good time!

    1 · August 3, 2014

  • Maria

    Walking in a location surrounded by amazing scenes and flowers in perfect weather. Thanks Ben and everyone who attended for sharing their knowledge and laughter.

    August 3, 2014

  • Rhonda J.

    I've enjoyed the photos posted today! I shall now drift off into a comatose state...due to being exhausted...not because your photos are boring.

    1 · August 2, 2014

  • Rhonda J.

    Great trail! Beautiful scenery, enough of a challenge, plus plenty of time to take a lot of photos.

    1 · August 2, 2014

  • Ken

    A bit of a challenge, but absolutely worth it.

    1 · August 2, 2014

  • Chip

    Sorry guys, didn't make it. Hope you have a great day!

    August 2, 2014

  • Rhonda J.

    I arrived at 6:25, waited 5 saw no one. Going on!

    August 2, 2014

  • Liz

    I don't see anyone at p&ride. I'm heading up to visitors center

    August 2, 2014

  • Sirintorn (.

    I won't be able to join the group for the hike. :-(. However I will be at the Classic Cars event.

    August 2, 2014

  • Kathleen

    Have fun guys!

    August 2, 2014

  • Cindy D.

    I am not sure where the wooly mammoth parking lot is??

    August 1, 2014

  • Sharon

    I went to Shrine Pass a week or so ago and the mosquitos were terrible. I don't know how it will be at Silver Dollar Lake but bug spray might not be a bad idea.

    August 1, 2014

  • Rhonda J.

    Wooly mammoth, section BB, and I like 6:20 for the time as well, just to be sure others are not waiting on us at the spot in Georgetown. I suppose that might be our last pit stop, and that takes up time as well. Susan P. would you like to ride with me?

    2 · July 30, 2014

    • Susan P

      Sounds good, see you there.

      July 30, 2014

    • Dorothea

      Thank you :0)

      August 1, 2014

  • Rhonda J.

    Will that be a tight fit, Alison? I can take my parents van if needed, and then Ill have room for 2 more. Let me know.

    August 1, 2014

  • Alison W.

    I have room for another one or two- I'll be at the wooly mammoth lot at 6.20. Brown Honda CRV. See you there :)

    August 1, 2014

  • Cindy D.

    I too am late in the conversation and wondered about ridesharing! Please let me know if there is any space left. Thanks

    August 1, 2014

  • Sharon

    I'm a little late on the rideshare conversation but wonder if it's too late to carpool. Are there any spots left and is everyone meeting at the Wooly Mammoth PnR?

    August 1, 2014

  • Heather B.

    Least minute changes in my calendar which will prevent me from attending. I'm so sorry. Enjoy!

    August 1, 2014

  • Sam M.

    Sorry, but I can't join you tomorrow. I will look to great photos from all of you.

    August 1, 2014

  • Hilde

    See you at 6:20 a.m.! Thanks.

    2 · August 1, 2014

  • Liz

    I can meet at the Park and Ride in Golden. Can anyone fit one more?

    July 29, 2014

    • Liz

      Perfect Alison. Thank you!

      1 · July 29, 2014

    • Susan P

      Is this the woolly mammoth lot? Has the group decided on a 6:20 time to meet? Haven't heard any final plans! Would love to meet people here for the trip to the visitor center or trailhead

      1 · July 29, 2014

  • Rhonda J.

    Supposedly it takes 50 minutes to get from Golden to Georgetown. If we meet at 6 that should be good, what do you think? Luckily I'm a morning person! Hi again, Susan, you are welcome to ride with me, Dorthea, & Hilde. So I could take 2 more, Alison & Maria you are welcome to join.

    July 24, 2014

    • Susan P

      I will also meet you all at the PnR. Just let me know the sign under which we are meeting and the time.

      1 · July 25, 2014

    • Liz

      Hi - Wondering if I can catch a ride with someone. I can meet at the park and ride

      July 29, 2014

  • Roberta

    Ben, since Dave and I will be coming from Bailey over Guanella Pass, is the trail head at or near Naylor Lake?

    July 27, 2014

  • Hilde

    Honestly, I think meeting at the PnR at 6:30 should give us plenty of time as long as we all are not late. Traffic should be ok this early. Should we meet in lot BB just across from the Conoco Station? Thanks for driving Rhonda! And thanks for thinking of of my needs Doro!

    1 · July 24, 2014

  • Rhonda J.

    I'm happy to either drive or ride. I have a Tahoe that seats 4 (took rear seats out for summer travels), or I can take my parents mini van which seats 6.

    July 24, 2014

    • Dorothea

      I drive with you then Rhonda. Maybe Hilde can go with us as well. What time should we be at the Wooly Mammoth? I am coming from Aurora.

      1 · July 24, 2014

  • Dorothea

    I would like to carpool from the park and ride. Anyone else?

    July 23, 2014

  • Hilde

    I want to carpool as well!

    July 24, 2014

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