3170 East Main Street
Cañon City, CO 81212
- 7 miles
- 6 - 7 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 8400 feet
- Elevation Range:
- 8400 feet to 11900 feet
- Elevation Change:
- 3500 feet
- Summer to Fall
Only those experienced in 4-wheel driving should attempt to drive this road to the Silver Lake Trailhead.
ATV’S , motorcycles or hiking the road is recommended vs. a full sized 4-wheel drive vehicle.
The mileage from the bottom of the 4-wheel drive road to the Silver Lake trailhead is 7 miles.
Beginning elevation (bottom of 4-wheel drive road) is 8,400 feet and Silver lake is 11,900 feet.
Beware of driving this road in springtime, there are areas that might have drifted snow and icy spots. These areas are often in places where it is difficult to turn back or back down safely. Waiting until the road is dry and clear is safer and prevents further damage to the road.
Fishing success is fair at this lake.
Map + Directions
Lake Creek Road # 198, (turn west just outside of the town of Hillside) the road is dirt and in good condition for about the first 3 miles. At that point, there is a sign for the Lutheran Camp, the road then becomes steep and rocky and is only passable with a high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle. This road passes by Balman Reservoir and Rainbow Lake. Beyond Rainbow Lake, (if driving) extra caution should be taken as the road is narrow, rockier and becomes much more of a challenge to negotiate than the road to this point way to the end of the road). The lake is about ½ mile from the trailhead. The trail is moderate for hiking, and 0.6 mile in length.