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Quick Facts

North Derby Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,280 Feet (3204.5 Meters) at Stillwater Reservoir
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,320 Feet (411.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,800 Feet (3366.6 Meters) at Hooper and Keener Lakes
High Point: 11,200 Feet (3491.3 Meters)
Length, One-way: 1.9 Miles (3.17 Kilometers) to White River N.F. at the pass
Length, One-way: 3.0 Miles (5.0 Kilometers) to Hooper and Keener Lakes
Other Maps: Routt National Forest Map
TI Topo Maps: #122 Flat Tops NE, Trappers Lake
Trail Number: 1122
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Orno Peak; Dome Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

North Derby Trailhead, at Stillwater Reservoir
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
North Derby Trailhead, at Stillwater Reservoir
The North Derby Trail is located in the Bear River Area. It leads from Stillwater Reservoir, into the Flat Tops Wilderness, over to the North Fork Derby Creek on the White River National Forest, Eagle Ranger District. The trail crosses a pass separating the Yampa and Colorado River drainages and then continues down to Hooper and Keener Lakes.


As humans, we must minimize our impacts to help preserve this resource for present and future generations.

Directions from Yampa: Follow County Road 7 southwest of Yampa about 7 miles to Forest Road 900. Continue on Forest Road 900 another 8 1/2 miles to the trailhead at Stillwater Reservoir.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Seasons may vary depending on snow depth and weather. Snowdrifts at the pass may make horse travel difficult until Mid-Summer.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking North Derby Trail
ICON Cold Water Fishing Hooper and Keener Lakes
ICON Hiking & Walking North Derby Trail
ICON Horseback Riding North Derby Trail

Related Activities
Bear River Designated Dispersed Campground - The Bear River Designated Dispersed Campground consists of 32 sites spread out along 10 miles of the Bear River Valley southwest of Yampa.

Cold Springs Campground - Cold Springs Campground has is a small campground with 5 sites. It is located southwest of Yampa in the Bear River area at an elevation of 10,200 feet.

Horseshoe Campground - Horseshoe is a small campground with 7 sites. It is located southwest of Yampa in the Bear River area at an elevation of 10,000 feet.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Yampa Ranger District, 300 Roselawn Ave., P.O. Box 7 , Yampa, CO, 80483, Phone: 970-638-4516, Fax: 970-638-4635


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