Savage Lakes trail is a four-mile out-and-back trail with 1,160 vertical gain. It is a moderately difficult trail that climbs through the woods and adjacent to a stream for most of the hike. It should be noted, however, that numerous snow drifts can be expected on the trail in early summer. Even though the trail starts out as being rather steep, it soon becomes one of the more moderate hikes in the area. See marmots along the rocky outcrops. To visit the upper lakes, stay on the left side of the lake to spot the trail for a simple climb up. This hike is in Holy Cross Wilderness, so please adhere to wilderness regulations.
From Basalt to the Trailhead: Drive up the Fryingpan River Road 28 miles, passing Ruedi and Meredith. About three miles past Meredith, a dirt road branches to the left, just before a small bridge. (This Forest Rd. #501, but there’s no sign.) Follow it for about five miles to a fork in the road and take the left fork (about one mile past Elk Wallow Campground) and continue another 3.5 miles to an area where the road has been widened. The trailhead lies on the left (north) lower side.