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."