Started at Skinny Fish TH then around to and across Devils causeway, then ending at Trappers Lake. Fantastic trail, not too difficult. Just under 20 miles I believe. We saw a few fisherman along the way, but was very lightly trafficked. Great views through out your adventure.

Very strenuous but spectacular views. Trail would be extremely hard to follow without gps and proper planning. The trail split off into several "cattle paths" that led to nowhere. Didn't see a single person after the trailhead until after the Chinese wall at West Lost Lake. Saw no large animals but plenty of tracks and droppings. The Devil's Causeway was very exilerating with amazing 360° views, and is only a few miles from the Stillwater reservoir.

A fantastically beautiful and fun part of Colorado. The trek out to West Lost Lake ended up being pretty strenuous and unfortunately the mosquitos were out in full force, but it was well worth it. The trek back along Chinese Wall was quite a bit easier with even more spectacular views. With all the late snow fall this year there were several medium and large sized snow fields still but they were all easily crossable.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Flat Tops are a vast wilderness with multiple trails and access points. I will cover access from Yampa. Take the road to Cold Springs Campground at Stillwater Reservoir. There is a nice short trail north to Smith Lake. For an extensive trail - overnight - take the trail south from Stillwater Reservoir and cut left to Edge Lake once on the Plateau - the hike to the plateau is quite steep. The trail is beautiful and provides access to Flat Top Mountain (12345') - the Flat Top Mountain cairn is depicted in the picture as is Edge Lake in another picture. Be prepared, the weather can change dramatically and with little warning. This is all high altitude hiking above 3000 meters. I hid a bottle of Jack Daniels in a stand of Aspen southeast of Edge Lake in 1997 - it's probably still there.