Slide Lake Trail

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Slide Lake Trail is a 9.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Red Cliff, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,581 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

Directions from Leadville: Drive approximately 8 miles north of Leadville on Highway 24. Take a left on to Lake County Road 19 (Forest Road 100). Follow Forest Road 100 .9 miles and take the right fork. You will remain on Forest Road 100 for another .7 miles. At the next fork take the road to the left. This is Slide Lake Road (Forest Road 145). Follow Slide Lake Road to the end. That's where the trail begins.

camping
1 day ago

First off, if you plan on driving the road...it is rough. I'd really recommend high clearance. We did it in a Tacoma with added suspension 4X4 and it was still pretty slow going as the road is very rocky, very narrow and steep in places.

That being said, the lake is gorgeous and you can hike the road if you don't want to drive it. This is probably what we'd do next time. We hauled our stuff in and camped at the lake. Most of the other groups camped by their cars at the top of the road, so you can do that as well.

There was a lot of broken glass where groups had camped by the lake, which was a bummer, especially having so many dogs around. We tried to clean up what we saw, but it some places it looked like people were actually shooting glass bottles, so be careful when walking around!

All-in-all a nice lake...very pretty, but for those seeking a bit more solitude, I'd go elsewhere--since you are able to drive to the top there were a lot of big groups, ton of off-leash dogs, etc. But if you want somewhere to bring a paddle board, pack raft, with the family that isn't an off-the-highway kind of place, this lake is the place!

hiking
1 month ago

Phenomenal trail. It was lush and green, with tons of wildflowers in bloom. Slide Lake it self is gorgeous. You can walk this entire trail, or you can drive almost all of it. The road is rough and you'll need a vehicle with a bit of clearance (stock SUV should be fine if you go slowly). There's a set of campsites where the road ends and you can take the trail 15 mins or so past that to reach the lake.

off road driving
1 month ago

The gate is open to off road vehicles. We went up there last night and camped at the end of the trail. There are about 4 or 5 primitive camp spots but the fire ban is in effect and it got super chilly at night. Did catch a few brown trout at the lake and explored.

off road driving
1 month ago

Can anyone tell me if the off road driving trail is open yet for this year? I know in the past it has not been open until July. Thanks!

hiking
2 months ago

Loved the views out and back. Didn’t quite get to the lake due to the snow on the trail near the top. The description is a bit off. It’s not Slide Lake Road on which you turn, it’s Wuritz Ditch Road. You can utilize a number of pull-offs to start your hike at any time.

snowshoeing
7 months ago

Great trail. Steep and pretty much clear of rocks making it ideal for backcountry skiing and snowshoeing! Four legged friends are welcome but on leash. Views are awesome as you progress and get higher. We went yesterday and if you go sometime soon you will be rewarded with fresh deep powder!

10 months ago

It is a hard trail. Some what challenging. Great views

off road driving
11 months ago

Took a stock 4Runner. It was slow going but beautiful once we got up. Took us about 45minutes to drive to the parking area then about a 15 min walk to the lake. Very well worth it!

Monday, October 05, 2015

Very beautiful lake and scenery. Tough trails for your car, don't attempt if you don't have a 4x4. Really nice camp sites across the stream from the picnic bench at end of car trail. Didn't catch any fish, but will definitely plan anther trip there.

fishing
Monday, August 03, 2015

This place is awesome! If you have a jeep or a higher clearance 4x4 this trail is for you. The road is pretty rocky but not out of the question. Theres no way a 2 wheel drive car or truck would make it up the trail. This place is really close to the 10th mountain division Hut system. The fishing was great. Camping spots at the end of the 4x4 trail had picnic tables and pretty decent rock fire rings.

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
8 months ago

off road driving
11 months ago

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

camping
Saturday, October 03, 2015