Savage Lakes #1918


This short, but steep trail within Holy Cross Wilderness is in good condition. It should be noted, however, that numerous snow drifts can be expected on the trail throughout the month of June. Fishing is good for Brook and Lake Trout. Even though the trail starts out as being rather steep, the trail soon becomes one of our more moderate hikes in the area. Along one section of a rocky outcropping is a favorite spot for marmots. To visit the upper lakes, stay on the left hand side of the lake for a simple climb to the upper lakes.

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At a Glance

Permit Info: Each party overnighting in the Holly Cross Wilderness is required to self-register at the Trailhead and to carry a copy of the registration with them during their visit. There is no fee charged and no limit to the number of permits issued.
Usage: Light
  • Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is prohibited. 
  • Savage Lakes Trail is within the Holy Cross Wilderness & specific regulations apply.
  • It is PROHIBITED to possess a dog or other animal that is uncontrolled, harassing wildlife, people, or damaging property out of consideration for both other people and wildlife.
Closest Towns: Basalt, CO
Water: Treat & filter all water sources. Protect water quality with proper waste disposal.
Restroom: Bury human waste 100+ ft from water, trails & camps. Pack it out.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Aspen-Sopris Ranger District (970) 963-2266

General Information


From Carbondale, CO travel east on Hwy 82 to Basalt, CO. Turn left at the light and head east on the Fryingpan River Road for 27 miles. Approximately 3 miles past Meredith, turn left onto road #501. About one mile past Elk Wallow Campground take the left fork for approximately 3.25 miles to the trailhead (.2 of a mile before the dead end).

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  Area/Length : 
2.0 miles

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  Elevation : 
9880' - 11040'


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