Silver Lake Mountain

This is a nice little hike at .9 miles to the summit. Deciding later in the day to hike this mountain was a good option. The trail, surprisingly, was well drained and somewhat dry, given the recent rains we have had. It seems like there has been some trail work done; at least, it seemed that way compared to my last visit several years ago to this mountain.

The trailhead is on the left, about a half mile south of the Douglas Campground on Silver Lake road. It is a small trailhead and does not have much room for parking. I arrived around 230 pm, and there were four cars in the lot, room for one more (me), and that is about it. With the way, the shoulders are on the main road (Silver Lake Road), so it is not practical to park on the side of the road.

It is a short walk to the trailhead register, and from there, it begins a gradual uphill for about a half mile before it gets a bit steeper for the last .4 miles to the summit. The trail is made up of rocks (mostly buried under freshly fallen leaves), roots (wet and slippery), and areas of ledge and bedrock, which provides excellent traction. There are several lookouts to take advantage of as you climb.

I was surprised by the number of people out this late in the day and on a Sunday. We (the dogs and I) would have company all day. Glad to finally get back out on the trails.