Navajo Lake Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  San Juan Mountains
14ers Served:  Mt. Wilson, Wilson Peak, El Diente Peak
Road Type:  2WD, easy dirt road 1   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD dirt to the TH.
Directions:  From Telluride, drive south on Colorado 145 to Lizard Head Pass. Continue south for 5.2 miles and turn right onto Forest Road (FR) 535. Drive 4.1 miles on the 2WD dirt road to a large meadow and junction. Stay straight on 535, pass the Kilpacker trailhead at 5 miles and continue another 2 miles (7 total from CO 145) to reach the Navajo Lake trailhead entrance on the right.
Winter Access:  Usually closed a short distance up the 535 road - miles below the TH.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2015-09-28 The road from the CO145 was being worked on, but it could still be gotten past. Road is nice and drivable by any passenger car. addrock528         
2012-06-04 The trail is dry all the way to Navajo Lake. susanjoypaul  1       
2011-07-02 The trail is clear all the way to Navajo lakes, with no snow on the trail. The trail upto Wilson peak ad snow in several places requiring an ice axe for safety. We did not need crampons on the route. The upper part was clear of snow making the final limb snow free. Mount Wilson we went up the North buttress and we followed the cairns straight up without encountering any snow that required the use of an ice axe. at the summit ridge it was clear and we started across but were turned around at 13,800 by lightening. With the amount of snow melting the routes should be clear within the next 2 weeks. 14er Climber  4       
2011-02-14 In winter the road to Dunton from the southwest is plowed (leave the highway just west of the small town of Stoner). From this winter TH its 2.7 miles of well tracked snowmobile road to get to the summer Navajo Lake TH. SarahT         
2010-06-05 I drove to the trailhead yesterday and left my car there while I camped at Navajo Lake and climbed El diente. The road (535) is bone dry the whole way and in great shape. It is easily drivable for 2wd vehicles. When I got back today there were 4 vehicles in the lot. Nelson         
2009-07-10 Road to Navajo Lake Trailhead in great shape. Trail to Navajo Lake and basin free of snow. Pappy         
2009-05-20 BLM office said you can access the trailhead by vehicle, but significant snow remains about a mile into the trail. tmathews         
2008-08-26 This trailhead is by no means 4wd. My first time there was in a VW Jetta and the second in a Honda Civic. No problems either time. Didn‘t even have to drive all that slow. CO Native         
2008-06-13 Road is clear to trailhead. PKR         
2007-07-13 Dry and 2WD. cotajames         
2006-05-19 The road is clear from the NE except for one small patch of snow about 12 inches high. We were able to cross easily in a front drive sedan. KenE         
2005-07-13 We drove to Navajo Lake TH from the eastern approach off of CO145 just south of Lizard Head Pass on Friday July 8. The road is narrow and steep in sections, but is well-graded and easily passable by any vehicle to the TH. ColoradoScott         
2005-06-06 Navajo Lake trailhead can now be reached IF you approach from the south (thru Dunton). If approaching from the east, the road is closed 1.3 miles short of the trailhead due to a rockslide. rthompson         
2005-06-01 On 5/29 there was a sign at the start of the road to Navajo stating that the road was closed at about the 8 mile point. This would have been ok since the TH for Navajo is at around 7.2 mi according to Roach. Unfortunately, the road is blocked at about 2 miles or so by a huge snow pile. daveartusi         

The turn–off to the trailhead. (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2007-07-30)The parking area. (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2007-07-30)Start of the trail. (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2007-07-30)

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