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Fishing: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Slate River Road #734

Beginning Elevation: 8,780 Feet (2676 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 2,520 Feet (768 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,300 Feet (3444 Meters)
Length: 14.0 Miles (22.5 Kilometers) to the Gunnison National Forest Boundary (Road continues as Paradise Basin Road, White River National Forest)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 131, 133
Recommended Season: Summer
Road Number: 734
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Gothic, Oh-be-joyful

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General Description

The road follows the Slate River for the first seven miles. Most passenger cars will have no problem on this lower section when the road is dry. The first landmark you'll reach on Slate Road is Nicholson Lake. This lake is privately owned so continue driving to reach public land. Immediately west of the lake is a fork in the road bear right to follow Slate River Road. This fork in the road is the winter trailhead for Slate River Road. Then you climb quickly for 1.5 miles to a junction. The right road will bring you to the Washington Gulch road #811. The left road will bring you to a pass which is the Gunnison National Forest boundary.

Directions from Crested Butte: Travel a half mile north on Gothic Road to Slate River Road.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Slate River Road - Oh-Be-Joyful Campground
ICON Cross-country Skiing Slate River Road
ICON Automobile Travel Slate River Road
ICON Cold Water Fishing Slate River Road - Slate River, Oh-Be-Joyful Creek
ICON Motorcycle Riding Slate River Road - Gunsight Pass, Paradise Divide
ICON Backcountry Skiing Slate River Road

Related Activities
Daisy Pass Trail - Daisy Pass trail heads southwest from Baxter Basin to Redwell Basin. The entire trail traverses through high, rugged terrain.

Emerald Lake - Emerald Lake is an alpine lake of twelve surface acres, that supports small rainbow trout. It is situated in a scenic valley with a picnic area on its northern shore.

Oh-Be-Joyful Creek - This beautiful small stream is six to eight feet in width, offering Brook trout. Beautiful scenic country. The fishing is rated as fair.

Oh-Be-Joyful Road #754 - This road provides access to Oh-Be-Joyful Creek and the Raggeds Wilderness.

Schofield Pass Road # 317 - The section of Schofield Pass north of Schofield Park is equally beautiful and treacherous. This road should only be attempted by experienced drivers in short wheel-based vehicles.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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