From I-70 at Dotsero, go north on Colorado River Road (Eagle County Road 301) about 6.5 miles, then go northwest on Sweetwater Road to Sweetwater Lake. The trail connects to other trails in the area that provide loopbacks to Sweetwater and alternate routes into the Flat Tops, where an extensive network of trails is available. Use is limited to hiking and horseback riding; motorized vehicles are prohibited.
*Alternate Route - take Sheep Creek Road 4 miles before Sweetwater Lake and drive on the dirt road 5 miles to undeveloped camping area. Four wheel drive is recommended when wet.
Developed Forest Service campground with parking, toilets, tables, fireplaces and guest resort at Sweetwater Lake with restaurant. Several outfitters in the vicinity provide cabin rental and guided horseback ride tours.
About 4 miles to Hack Lake, 2 miles further to the Flat Tops. Elevation ranges from 7,700 to 11,000 feet.
BLM 1: 100,000 topographic quadrangle: Glenwood Springs
USGS 1: 24,000 quadrangles: Sweetwater Lake, Sugarloaf Mountain