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Oyster Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,000 Feet (2182.0 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 3,800 Feet (1184.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,800 Feet (3366.6 Meters)
Length: 25 Miles (41.67 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1825
Usage: Light

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General Description

This 25 mile long trail begins just south of Buford. For the first four miles, the trail crosses private property. One mile in to the National Forest lies Bailey Lake and right above Bailey Lake lies Swede Lake, both excellent fishing for trout. For the next two miles you climb onto Nimerick Point on the western most part of the Flat Tops plateau. The cover has changed from oak brush to aspen and grassy parks and now is predominantly spruce-fir forest. The trail turns south following the rim above the south fork of the White River before turning east near Clam Lake. The dense timber begins to give way to larger parks as you travel the four miles to Oyster Lake. Two and one-half miles east of Oyster Lake lies the large meadows at the head waters of Lost Solar Creek. The next 2.5 miles of trail follows a timber covered ridge until you emerge out onto the alpine tundra for the remaining 5 miles to the Wall Lake Trail. The major peaks on the Flat Tops plateau are visible during the last 5 mile stretch.

Directions from Meeker: Oyster Lake Trail is located 22 miles east of Meeker. Take State Highway 13 east out of Meeker for one mile; turn right on County Road 8 for 20 miles to the Buford New Castle Road (County Road 17). Turn right, one mile to the Oyster Lake Trail. Limited parking is available.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through November (NOTE: Always open. Beware of severe Winter conditions.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 2000-07-05 18:08:00.0

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Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Oyster Lake is lovely but despite heavy may fly hatch there was no fish activity. Anyone know if there are fish in this and adjoining lakes? Elk bugling this time of year, many mountain bluebirds, owls hunting over meadows visible in moonlight.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
ICON Hiking & Walking
ICON Horseback Riding

Related Activities
Boulder Lake Trail - This trail begins at Himes Peak Campground, along the North Fork of the White River. It takes you across the White River by foot bridge, enters the Flat Tops Wilderness, and then follows along Big Fish Creek.

Himes Peak Trail - This trail begins just west of Trappers Lake at the Wall Lake Trailhead. It leads past Himes Peak and can link to the Big Fish Lake Trail, the Oyster Lake Trail and the Wall Lake Trail.

Lost Solar Trail - This trail begins five miles up the South Fork Trail and takes out of the South Fork Canyon into the Solar Creek drainage. The trail finally ends up at the Oyster Lake Trail.

Marvine Trail - The Marvine Trail begins at the end of County Road 12. It accesses Marvine Creek and Marvine Lakes providing great opportunity to fish.

Papoose Trail - Papoose Creek Trail leads up Papoose Creek past several short waterfalls, to Papoose Basin. It then climbs onto the Flat Tops Plateau where it intersects the Oyster Lake Trail.

Peltier Lake Trail - This trail begins at the Hill Creek Trailhead along the South Fork of the White River. It takes you past Peltier Lake to Bailey Lake.

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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