Slater Lake Hike

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Slater Lake Hike is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near St. Mary's, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1141 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

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hiking
15 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

3 months ago