Mostly a ridge trail that alternates between subalpine forest and above timberline zones. The trail elevation varies as it passes two lakes and crosses two passes before descending to the Pasayten River. There is limited parking at the Slate Pass Trailhead. The trail route is mostly above timberline and offers many views. For those seeking solitude the trail is generally not used much passed Silver Lake. At about 0.5 mile, there is a cutt-off trail to the Robinson Creek-Middle Fork Trail #478, making loop trips possible via both the Middle Fork and West Fork drainages.
From Winthrop drive State Route 20 fourteen miles to Mazama junction. Turn right to Mazama then left onto Lost River Road (county road 9140) to where road turns to gravel and it becomes Hart's Pass Road (Forest Service Road 5400). Drive 13.5 miles to Hart's Pass and at Guard Station cabin, turn right towards Slate Peak on forest road 5400-600. The Slate Pass Trailhead is about 3.5 miles, at the second switchback beyond the horse loading area.
Lake and Pond Fishing
Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:
Lake fishing at Silver Lake and Buckskin Lake.
Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:
The trail route is mostly above timberline and offers many views. For those seeking solitude the trail is generally not used much passed Silver Lake. At about 0.5 mile there is a cut-off trail to the Robinson Creek-Middle Fork Trail 478, making loop trips possible via both the Middle Fork and West Fork drainages.
Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:
See additional information under Backpacking and Horse Riding.
Horse Riding & Camping
Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:
This trail should be considered more difficult for the stock user. While it is not impassable to stock, it is not a trail for the inexperienced horse or rider. There are sections of narrow tread with steep exposure and steep rocky stretches.