Lost Lakes - Devils Causeway

Yampa, Colorado 80483

Lost Lakes - Devils Causeway

Lost Lakes - Devils Causeway Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"With 167 miles of trails, the Flat Tops Wilderness is quite conducive to long-distance hiking excursions. One particularly nice trip that accesses some of the most memorable topographical features of the area heads north from the Stillwater Reservoir to Lost Lakes.

It then climbs west to pick up a high route that continues south toward the trailhead. Within the last few miles, the hike crosses one of the most dramatic and unusual landmarks in the northern mountains of Colorado—the Devils Causeway. This 3-foot-wide, 1,500-foot-high gangplank is a real thrill to traverse."

Lost Lakes - Devils Causeway Trip Reports

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8/18/2008
One of the best hikes I have ever taken! The views were amazing! Crossing the causeway itself was slightly intimidating, but well worth it. We stayed low and hugged the rocks. My sister even made it over wearing Converse sneakers. Would love to spend a few days exploring the flat tops - it was incredibly beautiful!
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7/2/2007
I advise starting this one no later than 8 AM. The hike took 3.5 hours total. The lower trail was full of flowers, trees, and shade. The switchbacks at the end are steep and in full sun. The signage on the meadow just below the Causeway was a little confusing...but other hikers helped point the way. The climb from the meadow to the Causeway was straight up 200 feet but not technical. The Causeway itself is as dramatic as advertised. Three of our party of 5 (20 somethings) made it across and back. Two did not attempt it. Beautiful views of the Flatops. If you have hikers who want excitement and a little danger, this is a hike to take. The Causeway is not for people who have problems with heights.
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8/15/2005
The trail from Stillwater Reservoir to Devil's Causeway is just wonderful. The trail starts in woods, then climbs up switchbacks above treeline. Then it crosses Devil's Causeway - about a hundred feet long and literally 3 feet wide, with sheer drops of at least several hundred feet on each side. The trail then crosses the high plateau of one of the Flat Tops - treeless, green, rolling, just beautiful. The popular day hike then goes down Bear Lake Trail and back to the reservoir. There are lots of trails across the Flat Tops; the trail to Deer Lake is especially great; the view from above and south of Deer Lake looks like a miniature Yosemite Valley.
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7/22/2004
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6/9/2004
The folks at the ranger station told us not to go, and they were right. There was much snow all the way from the parking lot. We were quite impressed with the views of frozen lakes and the long gently sloping flat tops. The CAUSEWAY is one of the most intense things I've ever done in my life. Because of out packs, I was borderline panicking all the way across!! Heard a mountain lion too. Beautiful Place though!
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Trail Information

Yampa
Nearby City
19.5
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 days
Duration
July to September
Season
10,280 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,928 feet
Top Elevation
Routt National Forest, White River National Forest; Flat Tops Wilderness Area
Local Contacts
USGS Devils Causeway, Trappers Lake
Local Maps

Trail Log