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Telluride CO: Navajo Lake

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Distance: 6.7 miles


Overnight hike from Kilpacker Trailhead to Navajo Lake and back.
  • Kilpacker Trailhead
  • Corn Lilly Fields
  • Lizard Head Wilderness
  • Another Corn Lilly Field
  • Kilpacker Creek Crossing
  • Trail Intersection
  • Switchbacks
  • Woods Lake Trail Intersection
  • Navajo Lake Campsites
  • Navajo Lake


From Telluride, CO take 145 South to the Lizard Head Wilderness Area.  After Trout Lake and the first Lizard Head rest area make a right onto CR 535 (Dunton Rd.).  Drive 3 miles up Dunton Rd. to the Kilpacker Trailhead.  You can park your car here for the day of overnight.  There are also a few campsites at Kilpacker Trail Head if you choose to camp the night before the hike. 

Kilpacker Trail is just over 6 miles one way and takes about 3:30 to 4 hours to Navajo Lake.  This trail is marked well, just follow the signs for Navajo Lake.  Navajo Lake also provides access to 2 out of the 3 14,000 foot peaks that surround the basin.  El Diente is the only peak that is not easily summited from Navajo Basin.  You can summit El Diente from a trailhead earlier on, about 2.5 miles from the start of Kilpacker Trail.

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