Lower/Upper Slate Lakes Trail #65


Both Lower and Upper Slate Lakes are set in the spectacular scenery of the Gore Range in the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. In the lower part of Slate Creek drainage you can enjoy open sagebrush meadows, Aspen trees groves and the creek. The trail then climbs steadily up to both lakes. Because of the distance of these lakes from the trailhead, most people access this area by backpacking so they can enjoy multiple days in the area. Access for the day is possible but will be a full day.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Open to Hike and Horse Only. This trail is in the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area.
Closest Towns: Silverthorne, CO

General Information

Directions: From I-70 take Exit 205, Silverthorne / Dillon, and travel north on HWY 9 for approximately 7.7 miles. On your left will be Rock Creek Road (FDR 1350) across from the Blue River Campground. Follow the dirt road for approximately 1.2 miles and turn left at the road marked “Rock Creek”. Follow this road approximately 1.7 miles to the Rock Creek Trailhead which is at the end of the road.



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  Area/Length : 
8.3 (Lower Slate Lake); 9.3 (Upper Slate Lake)

  Elevation : 
9,490 ft. - 10, 876 ft (Upper Slate)