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Chinese Wall Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,100 Feet (3148.4 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,175 Feet (366.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,275 Feet (3514.7 Meters)
Length: 18 Miles (30.0 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1803
Usage: Moderate

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General Description

This trail begins near Ripple Creek Pass and leads into the Flat Tops Wilderness. The trail provides panoramic views of the White River and Williams Fork drainages and the Flat Tops Plateau.

Leaving the road, the vegetation varies from stands of spruce-fir and dead spruce to open, grassy meadows. After one mile, you enter into the Flat Tops Wilderness. Two miles later, you come to Picket Pin Park at about the same elevation as the trailhead. You skirt along the edge of the park for 1/2 mile, then leaving the park, you climb for one mile to the ridge dividing the White River and Williams Fork drainages. From this divide at 10,800 feet, you climb two miles to the top of Lost Lakes Peak at 11,800 feet. Vistas to the north reveal the Dunckley Flat Tops and the Elk Head Mountains with the Lost Lakes Basin directly below. To the east and south the alpine meadows of the high Flat Tops, while in the basin to the south, lies Trappers Lake. As you continue across the rolling tundra, the trail is defined by wooden posts and rock cairns. After traveling 4.5 miles, you come to the Devils Causeway Trail junction. The Devils Causeway, lying one mile to the north, is a narrow strip of land connecting two major portions of the Flat Tops. Both sides of the causeway are 60' to 80' cliffs with steep talus slopes dropping for 600' to 800' into the drainage below. Hardy individuals can cross the rough and rocky three foot wide crest on foot, but it is impassable to horses. From the Devils Causeway, the trail continues south seven miles across the alpine meadow to its terminus at the Island Lakes Trail 18 miles from Ripple Creek Pass.

Directions from Meeker: Chinese Wall Trail is located 45 miles east of Meeker. Take State Highway 13 east out of Meeker for one mile; turn right on County Road 8 for 44 miles. The trailhead parking lot is on the west side of the road, 4/10 mile from the summit of Ripple Creek Pass. The trail begins across the the road to the east of the parking lot.

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

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 2000-07-05 17:59:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
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Related Activities
Picket Pin Trail - The Picket Pin Trail begins off the Trappers Lake Road. It follows Picket Pin Creek for two miles before angling cross country to enter the east end of Picket Pin Park.

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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