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ROAD TRIP: Colorado bucket list hike - Devil's Causeway - Flat Tops Wilderness

  • Jun 30, 2013 · 8:00 AM

Colorado.com's summer travel magazine names Devil's Causeway one of the top 33 hidden gems to discover (and brag about) in Colorado. Why? Devil's Causeway is a famous landmark. It's a 4' wide "bridge" with huge drops on either side that connects two of the mesas in Flat Tops Wilderness.  Google "Devil's Causeway" and look at the pictures.

Mileage: 10.5 mile loop / 6.0 mile out 'n' back

Elevation: 10,270 to 11,820 (not sure of total gain)

The hike starts along the shoreline of Stillwater Reservoir before climbing to the top of the first of two mesas we'll encounter.  Along the way we'll pass near Little Causeway Lake.  Soon after reaching the top of the first mesa we face the Devil's Causeway.  Those not suffering from acrophobia can easily scamper across.  Those with acrophobia, but no shame, can crawl across.  You can also retrace your steps and have a pleasant six mile hike in beautiful wilderness.

After crossing the Devil's Causeway we'll traverse the second mesa before descending back into the valley above Stillwater Reservoir.

For a more detailed trip report, check out this link:
http://www.summitpost.org/devils-causeway-loop-via-stillwater-reservoir/784250#chapter_4

Bring the usual stuff, including plenty of water and lunch.  There is no water (even treatable) for most of the hike.

Directions: The trailhead is approximately 160 miles (or around 4 hours) from Denver.  Google suggests taking I-70 to Hwy 9, where you go north to Hwy 134.  Follow 134 west to beautiful Yampa, CO.  From there you take Co Rd 7 south out of town for 7 miles (paved) at which point it becomes Forest Service Road 900 (graded gravel) until you reach the reservoir after about an hour.

We are meeting at the trailhead at 8am. This is a popular area with many trails and plenty of lakes for fishermen - so we're starting early.

IF YOU WANT TO CARPOOL, please leave a note in the comments section saying if you want to drive or ride, and where you want to leave from. Please be very generous with gas money.

You're on your own for hoteling and camping.

Leashed dogs I've met welcome

Donation: $2 to help defray the organizer's emergency beacon cost

Got questions? Email me!

Deb, Asst organizer & Denver Hiking Examiner. Read my trip reports here.

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  • Irene

    Amazing weekend. What a beautiful area, different from any other in Colorado.

    July 3, 2013

  • Way

    1st road trip with Deb and what a blast it was!

    June 30, 2013

  • Rick S.

    Looks like a winner...enJOY

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Jennyfer K.

    Wish I could go, but will be closing on my new house and moving that weekend. Not a great time for a road trip. Next time!

    May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Finally one that fits my schedule! I would love to join if a spot opens ;)

    May 17, 2013

  • Janna

    will be out of town.

    May 15, 2013

  • Way

    Per Deb's email, I just booked 1 of the last 5 rooms available at http://oaktreeinn.com/ by calling Sheri at 970.638.1000. $67.78 including taxes but no breakfast. Ask for the special "hiking group" rate.

    May 14, 2013

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