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Big Ridge Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail begins near the mouth of Marvine Creek and climbs along Big Ridge to views of the surrounding mountains and valleys past several lakes and through a variety of ecosystems.
Big Ridge Trail/Cutoff Loop Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail is located between Marvine Creek and the North Fork of the White River. This loops takes you out along Big Ridge Trail before reaching the cutoff trail that brings you back toward the trail head.
Boulder Lake Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
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.
Chinese Wall Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
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.
Deer Lake Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail in the Flat Tops Wilderness, leads from the Island Lake Trail near Island Lake, past Deer Lake, to link with the Chinese Wall Trail.
East Marvine Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
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.
Flat Tops Wilderness (Blanco District Section) Flat Tops Wilderness (Blanco District Section),
Colorado Wilderness Areas
The Flat Tops Wilderness is located in northwest Colorado.
Flat Tops Wilderness (Eagle District Section) Flat Tops Wilderness (Eagle District Section),
Colorado Wilderness Areas
The Flat Tops Wilderness is located in northwest Colorado. It is divided into three administrative sections: the Blanco District, the Eagle District and the Yampa District. The Eagle District administers the southeast portion of the wilderness.
Flat Tops Wilderness (Yampa District Section) Flat Tops Wilderness (Yampa District Section),
Colorado Wilderness Areas
The Flat Tops Wilderness is located in northwest Colorado. It is divided into three administrative sections: the Blanco District, the Eagle District and the Yampa District.
Hill Creek Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail begins just off of the South Fork of the White River and follows Hill Creek entering the Flat Tops Wilderness. Scenery varies, moving through aspen groves, grassy parks, Engelmann spruce, and subalpine-fir.
Himes Peak Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
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.
Island Lake Trail (west end) Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Island Lake Trail begins along Trappers Lake Trail, heads generally east to the Island Lake basin and eventually to Stump Park, on the east end of the Flat Tops.
Lily Pond Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail leads from Forest Road 8 to Lily Pond Park. It links to the Chinese Wall Trail or to Picket Pin Creek Trail which loops back to Trappers Lake Road.
Lost Creek Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Lost Creek Trail leads up Lost Creek to Lost Park. The trail links to the Salt Park Trail from which the South Fork of the Williams Fork and Salt Park are accessible.
Lost Lakes Trail (Blanco Ranger District) Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Lost Lakes Trail continues from the Skinny Fish Trail to the shoulder of Lost Lakes Peak. The trail ends at the Chinese Wall Trail.
Lost Park Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Lost Creek Trail leads to Lost Park. The Lost Park Trail forks from there and links to the Salt Park Trail from which the South Fork of the Williams Fork and Salt Park are accessible.
Lost Solar Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
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 Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Marvine Trail begins at the end of County Road 12. It accesses Marvine Creek and Marvine Lakes providing great opportunity to fish.
Mirror Lake Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Mirror Lake Trail leads from the Trappers Lake Road, up Mirror Creek to Shamrock Lake, then on to Mirror Lake. It intersects the Big Ridge Trail before reaching Mirror Lake.
Nichols Creek Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Nichols Creek Trail branches from the South Fork Trail, 16 miles from the South Fork Trailhead, above Budges Resort. It is most readily accessed from the Coffee Pot Road, north of Dotsero.
Oyster Lake Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
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.
Papoose Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
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.
Park Creek Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail begins seven miles up the South Fork Trail along the South Fork of the White River. It leads up Park Creek until reaching the Nichols Creek Trail.
Peltier Lake Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
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.
Salt Park Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Salt Park Trail begins at the end of the Morapos Creek Road, north of Meeker. It leads to Salt Park, north of Sleepy Cat Peak and links to a number of other trails.
Skinny Fish- McGinnis Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Skinny Fish-McGinnis Trail leads from the Trappers Lake Road,up Skinny Fish Creek past the Lost Lakes trail head and eventually forks to either Skinny Fish Lake or McGinnis Lake.
South Derby Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Leaving the Trappers Lake Trail you head east on the Island Lake Trail. At the Chinese Lake Trail you travel the tundra until the Island Lakes Basin lies below.
South Fork Trail (Blanco Ranger District) Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The trail follows the South Fork of the White River for close to 26 miles and is almost completely within the Flat Tops Wilderness. It links to several other trails in the area.
Stillwater Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Views of Chinese Wall are available as this trail passes Trappers Lake, follows Cabin Creek to Chinese Wall trail until reaching the Stillwater trail at it destination.
Trappers Lake Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail leads from south of Trappers Lake, up Fraser Creek and up onto the Flat Tops Plateau. It continues across the Flat Tops Wilderness to Indian Camp Pass, north of Deep Lake.
Ute Creek Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The trail leads up Ute Creek and eventually onto the Flat Tops Plateau. It intersects the Oyster Lake Trail just past Oyster Lake.
W Mountain Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail travels across "W" Mountain dropping from the plateau to the Red Dirt Creek drainage.
Wild Cow Park Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail begins along the Big Ridge Trail which climbs up from the Marvine Creek Road. It leads into the Flat Tops Wilderness, through Wild Cow Park before intersecting the East Marvine Trail.
Wilson Mesa Trail Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail is located north of Meeker and south of Craig. It follows Morapos Creek and Pine Creek until it reaches the destination, Salt Park, northeast of Sleepy Cat Peak.
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