Slater Lake Hike

MODERATE 17 reviews
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Slater Lake Hike is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near St. Mary's, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,079 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

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1 month ago

The hike up to Chinns Lake was just OK - I'm not a big fan of hiking along a jeep road. I liked that it was pretty quiet - a handful of vehicles had driven all the way to Chinns. We only saw a couple of people on the hike to Slater Lake, so that was very peaceful. There were still quite a few wildflowers beyond the lake. Parking was a challenge, but luckily it wasn't very busy for a Sunday afternoon.

2 months ago

The road heading into this system of trails is very banged up in some places. I didn’t want to take my CR-V up to the trailhead, I parked about a mile away. But I saw a lot of trucks heading up there. Part of the trail is a road. So you have to move out of the way for cars often.

The lakes are very nice and clear! They get prettier as you progress from 1-3. There is a very pretty waterfall up by the third one.

Overall it’s very pretty, but it’s difficult to get to and most of its more for like a dirt road than a trail. Great for more hardcore off roading!

2 months ago

Great trail, view at Slater lake is gorgeous. Tons of wildflowers. Heavy amount of automobile traffic around for camping and leisure but not many people actually hiking. Higher clearance is somewhat necessary but most vehicles could probably handle it.

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3 months ago

One of the most beautiful places I've seen in CO. Jeep road keeps the crowds down. I drove up to lower Chinn's and started there. The hike around Chinns and up to Slater is easy with a short incline up to Slater.

Couldn’t find the TH. Very frustrating and hit Jeep road like conditions before it said so on the map from All trails.

4 months ago

A lot of road hiking due to heavy snow pack still. Lower lakes were worth it. Hike to Slater Lake mostly snow with quite a bit of post holing happening. Recommend snow shoes if you want to do Slater in the next few weeks.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

A nice hike. Very similar to the Loch Lomond hike just a mile farther up the road.

When approaching, stay on Rainbow road even though GPS may say to go on Mackinaw Road part way up-that is basically a person's driveway which becomes tough terrain. About a mile before you reach where AllTrails says to start you will reach the part of the road that is for vehicles with high clearance (not marked, but sudden change from smooth dirt road to large rocks is your clue). All the way until the second lake the trail is a road accessible by high clearance vehicles. On your way up you'll hit one fork in the road-take the left/up road. This is indicated by a rock with a green spray paint arrow on it.

The lower two lakes are quite popular among the 4x4 and camping crowd and are fairly busy. Where the road ends, the trail becomes a small and nice hiking trail up to the 3rd lake.

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