Columbine Lake Hiking and Camping. Located just outside of our home town of Durango this is one of the best Silverton hikes Kellie and I have done so far. It’s a good workout for the lungs getting to Lake Columbine with 3.5 miles of forest, meadow, and high alpine country hiking and a 2,347-ft elevation gain with the Silverton hike trailhead starting at 10,000-ft. We packed for one night, wearing lots of layers and bringing a small tent, sleeping pads, sleeping bags and our cooking gear. Moral was a little low as most of the hike up we were getting rained or snowed on but when we reached the lake the sky cleared and we had beautiful weather. Snow capped the mountain tops and low valleys sorrounding the lake and it was hard to focus on setting up camp with all of the breathtaking views to take in. We ended up being the only two people at the top camping for the night and though it got pretty cold through the night we thawed out enough the next morning and even warmed up enough in the noon sun to take a plunge into the icy alpine lake. If you have the chance to visit Silverton in the Durango Colorado area I highly suggest checking out Columbine Lake, its a great Silverton hike.