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Coco ❤️ reviewed Devils Causeway Loop Trail
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HikingNo shadeScrambleSnow

It was a super windy and freezing day for this hike. We went on clockwise, it was easier than going counterclockwise. However, once we get to the top of the flat part, it started snowing and the wind was easily 30-40/mph, and honesty I don’t know how we both didn’t turn around but finished the whole trail without any injuries. The view was ok for the first 2.5 hours. Shades 10%, restroom at the trailhead, plenty of parking space. 10/24/020 #47

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Heather Hennen reviewed Devil's Causeway
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Hiking

This trail is epic! Really! First let me say getting to it involves MILES of rough gravel road. You take county road 7 all the way to the end (it turns into park road 900) at Stillwater Reservoir. I kept thinking “this can’t be right.” There is nothing at the trailhead to indicate that you are at the right place for devil’s causeway. You follow the signs for trail 1119, except at the very top of the mountain, 1119 goes off to the right, and you need to go left for the causeway. (No signs indicating this.) From the parking lot to the causeway and back was almost 7 miles. As for the trail, it has a variety of forest, meadows, rocks, and views. It is relatively easy until the last mile or so then gets tougher the higher you get. It was very windy and cold at the top! Now for the awesome part, the actual causeway is incredible. I did it basically on all fours because of the wind. DH choose to stay back. He says I need to add he thinks this shouldn’t be allowed lol. Anyway, DO IT!

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Coco ❤️ reviewed Devil's Causeway
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It was a super windy and freezing day for this hike. We went on clockwise, it was easier than going counterclockwise. However, once we get to the top of the flat part, it started snowing and the wind was easily 30-40/mph, and honesty I don’t know how we both didn’t turn around but finished the whole trail without any injuries. The view was ok for the first 2.5 hours. Shades 10%, restroom at the trailhead, plenty of parking space. 10/24/020 #47

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Chelsea Ducote reviewed Devil's Causeway
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Hiking

Shoes with good tread, hiking poles or stick, and checking winds ahead of time are advisable. Got to the narrow part and had to turn around because wind. Gorgeous, unbelievable views. Just come prepared! I ate shit on the way down.

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Edward Wade reviewed Devil's Causeway
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HikingGreat!
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Nomia E reviewed Keener Lake Trail
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Hiking

Dry sunny day, about 40 degrees with 25-35 mph wind gusts. We were the only ones on the trail, and at either Keener or Hooper Lakes. No bugs anywhere. Lots of birds hanging out in the bushes & trees. A few muddy spots and evidence of horse and moose to negotiate on the trail, but overall dry and dusty.

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Mark Krivel reviewed Devil's Causeway
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Hiking

Tough but beautiful.

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Ashley Kaploe reviewed Devils Causeway Loop Trail
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Hiking

Little icy just before the causeway when traveling CCW. definitely had to stop a couple times on the causeway due to winds of 14-15mph. There were 4 streams to cross, as well. I'd definitely recommend making the climb to go CCW and have the remainder be fairly downhill and calm. We started around 9AM; it was windy and cold, but by the time we got the causeway, it was sunny and about 50-60 degrees. Got a bit cloudy/windy on our way down and then weather improved again.

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Dan Zenk reviewed Devil's Causeway
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Hiking

Awesome! One of Colorado’s best!

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Taralea Mahaffey reviewed Devil's Causeway
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Hiking

So beautiful. My 4 yr old granddaughter joined us. It’s a tough hike but so worth the views and Spence of accomplishment.

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Margot Selover reviewed Devil's Causeway
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Hiking

Beautiful afternoon autumn hike! Started at 315, arrived at the car at 615, and had the trail to ourselves after about halfway up!

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Brice Bertels reviewed Devil's Causeway
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Joe Hepburn reviewed Devils Causeway Loop Trail
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful views throughout. A moose and I scared the hell out of each other coming back along the river. The Devils Causeway itself really isn't that difficult, just take it slowly and you'll be fine. You've got the room to move and even make mistakes.

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Kyle Brown reviewed Devils Causeway Loop Trail
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail and area! Started at 9:15 on 10/26 and went counterclockwise. The Causeway gives a nice adrenaline rush but is not strenuous or technical, just mental. Very windy on the top but beautiful fall colors in the valley, and nothing too strenuous overall. Trail is at the end of a dirt road but suitable for 2wd, parking lot wasn’t too full. Would recommend!

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BILL CULLY reviewed Devil's Causeway
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Hiking

The trail & its surroundings are beautiful. Make sure you give yourself enough time. The last 1/4 mile to the Causeway itself is well worth it when you have that 360° view of the entire Flat Top Wilderness. So glad I went for it.

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David Roth reviewed Devil's Causeway
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Great hike. Would recommend certain sections easily. As a loop, would do again because I now know the top of the flats better after getting lost in them lol. That being said, get prepared to get lost for a bit. Also, there will be a good stretch without water. We camped at West lost lake the first night. An approx 11mi into the hike. Night two we slept at The second lake nearest to the trail head. At the flat tops before the Chinese wall (a narrow formation of rocks you get to climb over that has sharp drop offs at both sides) we had to melt some snow for our dog. Again, 9mi without a water source is no joke. Overall had the chance to see so many beautiful lakes and mountains so I’m not mad.

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Emily Lefferts reviewed Devils Causeway Loop Trail
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HikingGreat!

This is SUCH a fun trail. We started around 8 AM on 9/19 and went counterclockwise to front load the vast majority of our elevation gain to just before the causeway (within the first ~3-4 miles or so). It was tough but the views were spectacular, and worth it to make the rest of the hike nice and easy. I have a healthy fear of heights and there were a couple moments crossing the causeway that I felt pretty nervous. It really helps to go with experienced friends, and I felt much better having a buddy coach me across the narrowest section. The rush after crossing made it worth it! Definitely exercise caution and don't be too proud to turn around if conditions aren't ideal. The leaves are gorgeous, and we saw plenty of wildlife including some neat birds, marmots, and pikas. There were maybe 3-4 little stream crossings and the vast majority of the trail was nice and dry. Highly recommend this hike to anyone feeling brave! All told it took us around 5:15, including a quick break for lunch.

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Joseph Campbell reviewed Devil's Causeway
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great hike, really windy

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Lexie Zimmerman reviewed Devils Causeway Loop Trail
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Went Counter Clockwise and the steep first few miles is so worth the views. Conditions were perfect for crossing the causeway today. loved all the different terrain throughout.

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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Steep until the causeway. Pretty neat to see. Excellent views from the top even if there was some smoke in the air. Walk along the top of the flat top was extremely exposed. Hot in September, I wouldn’t want to be up there in the summer in the afternoon if there was any chance of storms.

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scott brinckerhoff reviewed Devil's Causeway
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Hiking

Well worth the effort. Crossing the Devils Causeway is a thriller!!

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BackpackingGreat!

We did this loop over Labor Day weekend and had an incredible time! The views and lakes were gorgeous and it made for a great backpacking trip. We did the loop counterclockwise in 3 days and 2 nights and we went over the Devil's Causeway on day 3, which made the loop 35.5 miles for us. The trail forks a few times and most of the trails just have numbers instead of names, so here was our itinerary including trail numbers: Day 1: -Drive to Stillwater Reservoir (road was fine for a sedan but it's washboard in a number of places so it was pretty slow going. SUV would have been easier). -Set out on trail 1119. Stay right at the first fork. -Take trail 1116 to the left when you come to the fork between 1119 and 1116 at Round Lake. -Take a sharp left in the middle of a field onto trail 1103. -Camp at West Lost Lake (lots of campsites on the south and west sides of the lake). Day 2: -Hike up the switchbacks. -Take a left at the top of the switchbacks onto China Wall trail. -Take a right at the fork onto trail 1812. -Hike down the mountain and take a left onto trail 1813 to go up to Skinny Fish Lake. -Go back down trail 1813 and rejoin trail 1812 until you hit the road. -Take the road up to Trappers Lake (the trail supposedly goes across the road but it was nonexistent when we looked for it). -Go to the left around Trappers Lake and take trail 1814 up to Little Trappers Lake. -Camp at Little Trappers Lake (really only saw 3-4 campsites after exploring the area. The major place to camp is a group of trees on the north side of the lake just to the right of the trail. If you start climbing the switchbacks up above Little Trappers, you've gone too far). Day 3: -Hike up the switchbacks above Little Trappers Lake. -Turn left onto the trail for Devils Causeway. -Cross Devils Causeway (this was pretty nerve-racking, especially with larger packs, but there were plenty of rocks to grab onto, which made it easier. The causeway is incredible, though, and definitely worth doing.). -Turn right onto trail 1119 and take it back down to Stillwater. -The other option is to not do the causeway on day 3 and keep going straight and take trail 1814 all the way down to Stillwater. One recommendation would be to cross Devils Causeway on day 1. When you get to the saddle, take the steep incline to the left for ~0.5 miles up to the causeway, drop your pack, go over the causeway, return, and then continue on your way on the loop. That way you can cross the causeway without wearing your large pack.

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HikingRocky

We did this hike on 9/4. The climb in the beginning is very difficult. Reached the saddle and surprised to see cows grazing. It was so hot cutting across the flat tops. It was more like a mile and half to reach Keener Lake. The lake is so beautiful. This is a 7.5 mile roundtrip hike not 6 miles. 4.5 stars

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Jake Taylor reviewed Devil's Causeway
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WalkingGreat!MuddyNo shade

Hiked this on Aug 29, 2020. It was cloudy at first but cleared up for a few hours for our ascent to the causeway. Beautiful lake at the trailhead. Wildflowers still popping out. You go through some lush forest then incline up to an exposed area with great views. The trail right after the forest is narrow with rocks on the downhill side. You then get to some pretty decent/moderate level switchbacks to the first summit. The trail forks and you’ll want to choose the stairs which are no joke. Very steep incline to summit at the causeway. Amazing views at the top. My German Shepherd went halfway over the causeway before he got nervous about it. I got a bit more than halfway. We saw storm clouds and erred on the side of caution and headed back to treeline. We did get caught in rain on the way back down. If you aren’t good with heights: don’t do this hike. Another note: we saw two 15-18 year old males at summit who were heading up when we were on our way down. We warned them about the storm coming and the incline ahead but they continued up. Hopefully they made it safely. Be careful while so exposed and watch the weather because it changes drastically and quickly.

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