Navajo Lake

Dolores, Colorado 81323

Navajo Lake

Navajo Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"It is easy to understand why Navajo Lake is perhaps the most popular destination in the Lizard Head Wilderness. Not only is the lake situated in a beautiful alpine basin, but it also offers a handy base camp for climbers intent on climbing the nearby Fourteeners of El Diente, Mount Wilson, and Wilson Peak. Because of heavy use, a fire ban has been put into effect in the Navajo Lake Basin.

Shortly beyond the trailhead, the Navajo Lake Trail intersects the Groundhog Trail, which climbs west. This route stays right at this junction and begins an easy climb along the east bank of the West Dolores River. Within 0.75 mile the route crosses the river via a footbridge to climb up the west bank. Beyond the crossing, the trail climbs along easy-to-moderate grades through beautiful meadows and sporadic forests of Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir. A great variety of wildflowers grow in these meadows in July and early August."

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Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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"Navajo Lake is probably the most popular destination in the Lizard Head Wilderness Area. Not only is the lake itself an alpine gem, but it is located in a ruggedly beautiful basin that is surrounded on three sides by 13,000-foot ridges and three 14,000-foot peaks (Wilson Peak, Mount Wilson, and El Diente Peak). Peak baggers often use Navajo Basin as a base for climbing these three peaks."

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Excellent hike with amazing vistas. FYI there is a bridge over the West Fork of the Dolores so no more wet feet!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 hours
July to September
9,393 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,154 feet
Top Elevation
San Juan National Forest; Lizard Head Wilderness Area
Local Contacts
USGS Dolores Peak
Local Maps