Slide Lake Trail
Length: 2 to 3 miles
Trail Surface: Rough, Rocky, Dirt Trail
Scenery: Wildflowers, Birdwatching, Forest, Lake
Directions: From Afton, Wyoming, head south on United States Highway 89 for approximately 8.3 miles, then make left turn on Cottonwood Creek Road/County Road 153. Shortly after the Cottonwood Creek Road enters the Bridger-Teton National Forest and turns into Forest Service Road 10208 (FS-10208). Follow FS-10308 for about 6 miles and then turn right onto FS-10225 and towards Cottonwood Lake. Drive for an additional mile to access parking for Slide Lake Trailhead.
A trail for all ages. The path is unpaved but relatively level. Although maps indicate the trail is 3.5 miles, you can drive on the dirt road closer to Slide Lake. Views include a beautiful meadow, wildlife, and the lake. Note that Slide Lake dries up in late summer. Best time to hike is from May until October. Activities to take advantage of nearby include swimming, nature seeing, and camping.
Estimated hiking time: Hour or less
Configuration: Out and back
Exposure: Moderate Shade
Trail Traffic: Moderate
Dogs: Yes, on leash
Access Fees: Free
Gear to Take: Sunscreen, hat, bug spray, backpack, snacks, water.
Covid19 Requirements: As long as government regulations permit, the public trail system is still open for use. Masks should be used in areas where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained between individuals. Extra care should be taken when using public facilities, including (but not limited to) bathrooms, public handrails, picnic areas, etc. The use of sanitation wipes and hand sanitizer is encouraged.