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Trappers Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,900 Feet (3086.0 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 100 Feet (31.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,800 Feet (3054.9 Meters)
Length: 15.8 Miles (26.33 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1816
Usage: Heavy




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General Description

The Trappers Lake Trail leads from Trappers Lake to Indian Camp Pass, just north of Deep Lake, on the Eagle Ranger District. It can be accessed from either end. The following description starts at the Trappers Lake end of the trail.

The Trappers Lake Trail is accessed from the Carhart Trail (#1815) and the Trappers Outlet Trailhead. It begins south of Trappers Lake. It provides access up Fraser Creek to the eastern part of the Flat Tops Wilderness. The trail follows Fraser Creek through an environment that changes from forest to riparian to alpine meadows. Five miles from the trailhead, the trail emerges onto the Flat Tops Plateau in an area bounding with many small potholes of water. The trail now heads south crossing the headwaters of the South Fork of the White River, and the west side of Shingle Peak for 5.5 miles to the popular camping area around Rim and Shepherd Lakes. The higher peaks on the Flat Tops are distinguishable along this section of the trail. Looking down Sweetwater Creek, three miles southwest of Rim Lake, you can see the Sawatch Range to the southeast. The remaining 3 miles of the trail from Sweetwater Creek to Indian Camp Pass alternate between aspen, alpine meadows and spruce fir forests. The trail drops about 1,000 feet in the last 1.5 miles to Indian Camp Pass.

The Trappers Lake Trail intersects numerous other trails as it crosses the Flat Tops Wilderness including the Wall Lake, Island Lake, Sweetwater and Dry Sweetwater trails.

Directions from Meeker: Trappers Lake Trail is located 51 miles east of Meeker. Take State Highway 13 east out of Meeker for one mile; turn right on County Road 8 for 39 miles to the Trappers Lake Road turn right for 10 miles to the Trappers Lake outlet trailhead. From the Outlet Trailhead, head south on the Carhart Trail around the east side of Trappers Lake for 2 miles to Trappers Lake Trail.

Directions from Eagle: Travel 14 miles west on I-70 to the Dotsero exit, #133. Follow the signs for Sweetwater and Burns, turning north onto the Colorado River Road. Travel north 1.8 miles to the junction with the Coffe Pot Road, #600. Stay on this gravel road 34 miles, passing Deep Lake to arrive at Indian Camp Pass. A high clearance vehicle is recommended for the last several miles between Deep Lake and Indian Camp Pass.



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Open Updated: 2000-05-26 18:01:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Several fishing lakes lie within a short distance of the trail.
ICON Hiking & Walking
ICON Horseback Riding
Yes



Related Activities
Carhart Trail - The Carhart Trail circles Trappers Lake close to the shore on the east and north sides providing fishing access.

Deep Lake Campground - Deep Lake Campground sits on the edge of Deep Lake, at an elevation of 10,580 feet. It is the largest and most popular campground on the Eagle Ranger District.

Trappers Lake - Trappers Lake offers Cutthroat and Brook Trout fishing.

Trappers Lake Campground - Trappers Lake is located 50 miles east of Meeker. There are four campgrounds available in the Trappers Lake area: Bucks, Trapline, Cutthroat and Shepherds Rim. All four are described here.



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