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Marvine Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,100 Feet (2524.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,854 Feet (889.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,954 Feet (3414.6 Meters)
Length: 11.5 Miles (19.17 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1823A
Usage: Heavy Extremely Heavy use by horses; moderate use after the lakes.

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General Description

The Marvine Trailhead is located at the end of Marvine Creek Road. Heading south out of the parking lot, you enter the Wilderness about 1/2 mile up the trail. After following Marvine Creek through a narrow valley for 1/2 mile, you break out into wide grassy meadows flanked by aspen and spruce-fir to Slide Lake, four miles above the trailhead. You ford the creek at Slide lake, as the valley narrows with the Flat Tops plateau towering up to 2000 feet above the valley floor. The meadows have changed to small parks in between stands of aspen and mixed conifers. Six miles from the trailhead, you reach lower Marvine Lake. The trail again fords the stream and follows the east side of the lake to upper Marvine. Undeveloped campsites are available along both lakes but make sure your camp is at least 100 feet from the lake. Once above the lakes, you enter a spruce-fir forest and climb rapidly for four miles onto the Flat Tops plateau. The Oyster Lake Trail is 11.5 miles from the origin of the Marvine Trail.

Directions from Meeker: Marvine Trail is located 35 miles east of Meeker. Take State Highway 13 east out of Meeker for one mile; turn right on County Road 8 for 28 miles; turn right, cross the bridge and turn left on the Marvine Creek Road (County Road 12) for 6 miles to the Marvine trailhead parking area.

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

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
ICON Cold Water Fishing Trailhead facilities: Loading dock and hitch racks
ICON Hiking & Walking Marvine Trail
ICON Horseback Riding

Related Activities
East Marvine Campground - East Marvine Campground is located 36 miles east of Meeker at an elevation of 8,200 feet. It offers fishing and trail access.

East Marvine Trail - The trail leads up East Marvine Creek, through the the Flat Tops Wilderness to Johnson Lake. Finally, Big Marvine Peak offers a panoramic view of the Flat Tops Wilderness and surrounding area.

Marvine Campground - This popular campground is located 36 miles east of Meeker along Marvine Creek, at an elevation of 8,200 feet. It offers access to a number of trails and lakes for hiking, fishing and hunting.

Marvine Lake - These two lakes cover 135 surface acres and offer Rainbow, Brook and Cutthroat Trout fishing.

Oyster Lake Trail - This 25 mile long trail begins just south of Buford. It intersects numerous other trails and passes many lakes while crossing the Flat Tops Plateau until reaching the Wall Lake Trail above Trappers 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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