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Navajo Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,393 Feet (2928.0 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,761 Feet (548.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,154 Feet (3476.9 Meters) Trail ends at Navajo Lake in Navajo Basin, northwest of El Diente Peak.
Length: 5.4 Miles (9.0 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 635
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Dolores Peak, Mt. Wilson

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General Description

Navajo Lake
Copyright: R.J. Greffenius
Navajo Lake
The West Dolores River begins in Navajo Basin. After crossing the West Dolores River 3/4 mile from the trailhead, the trail continues through open meadows, forest and a series of steep switchbacks to join the trail from Woods Lake and then descends into Navajo Basin. The trail is maintained only as far as the lake. Navajo Lake is a small, high elevation natural lake located in Lizard head Wilderness. The trail passes the lake, shortly reaches timberline, and then reaches the Silver Peak/Navajo Basin Crest.

This is an ideal overnight camping trip. Pick up brochures at the entrance and register. There are no restrictions on camping, but you are asked to be courteous to other users and careful to leave your camp in as good or better condition than you discovered it. You must carry out all trash.

Navajo Lake is the most popular area in the West Dolores Area. If you want to be away from other people, please choose another camping area. Camping on the Navajo Lake shoreline or above tree line is most likely to cause problems as other campers can see and hear you, water becomes polluted, and the soil and vegetation is damaged. Please choose campsites away from the water and in the trees.

Directions from Dunton, Colorado: Travel north on Forest Service Road #535. The trail begins approximately 1.5 miles north of Burro Bridge.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Open.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter conditions. Updated: 2004-04-22 15:02:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking ideal overnight
ICON Hiking & Walking Navajo Lake Trail

Related Activities
Burro Bridge Campground - Burro Bridge is 2 miles past Dunton and is a good base camp for hikes into the Lizard Head Wilderness. One site has a table suitable for wheelchairs.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Dolores Public Lands Office, 29211 Hwy 184 , Dolores, CO, 81323, Phone: 970-882-7296, Fax: 970-882-6841, TTY: 970-882-6842


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