Devil's Causeway is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yampa, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length6.0 miElevation gain1,637 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyForestViewsWildflowers
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Located in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, visitors are drawn to this trail which features a narrow "land bridge” that is 50 feet in length, narrowing to as little as 4 feet in width, and has drops of several hundred feet on each side. There is no rope or rail to aide in the causeway crossing so use caution and proceed at your own risk. The trail is mostly forested until reaching Little Causeway Lake. Once you get to this point you will see the causeway and to your west you will see Chinese Wall. This completes the easier portion of the hike - you will then begin to climb. Warning: This area can be prone to lightning storms. To avoid the likelihood of getting caught in a storm, start your hike early start before storms build. If you see lightning, immediately return to lower ground. Dogs must be under voice control or leashed. This trail can also be done as a loop to make a longer hike after crossing the causeway.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 20, 2021
HikingGreat!

Epic hike with mindblowing scenery.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 15, 2021
HikingMuddyScrambleSnowWashed out

Towards the last leg you have to cross some snow banks. Very manageable and will get easier as time passes. I think the mud posed the biggest threat going up/down.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 11, 2021
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Doable, but some snow to cross. Easy to navigate around if you're creative. Almost summer conditions.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 7, 2021
HikingScrambleSnow

Beautiful trail through the Flat Tops, but still a lot of snow on the trail! Lots of post-holing. Did not fully summit because last stretch to the causeway was covered in thigh-high snow- I attempted anyways and got about halfway up before calling it quits. Probably won’t be easily accessible until late July. Still worth the hike though!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 1, 2021
HikingIcyMuddySnow

Attempted this 5/30/21 with some teenagers and an inexperienced hiker. They weren’t equal to it. A lot of snow and post-holing. I’m not sure floatation would have helped. I think a very determined and experienced hiker would make it. Maybe give it 3-4 weeks.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 26, 2021
Hiking

Crampons are a must right now. The summer trail still had heavy snow. It is doable though!!!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 25, 2020
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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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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarOctober 24, 2020
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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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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 23, 2020
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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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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 22, 2020
HikingGreat!

Windy day, but still shorts and light clothing weather

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 21, 2020
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Tough but beautiful.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 16, 2020
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Awesome! One of Colorado’s best!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 10, 2020
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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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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 4, 2020
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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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 4, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 24, 2020
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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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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 23, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 19, 2020
Hiking

great hike, really windy

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 12, 2020
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Well worth the effort. Crossing the Devils Causeway is a thriller!!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 31, 2020
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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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 30, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 27, 2020
HikingGreat!
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 18, 2020
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Some of the best views I’ve seen in Colorado. Be ready for a leg/lung burn!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 18, 2020
HikingGreat!MuddyNo shadeRocky

Beautiful views and abundant wildflowers. I would rate this trail as moderate/hard. Once the climbing starts, it’s pretty intense

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 18, 2020
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Fun

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 17, 2020
HikingRocky

08–16-2020

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 16, 2020
HikingGreat!

Amazing views from top to bottom!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 15, 2020
HikingGreat!

Plenty of parking along side of road. Went CCW to hit the causeway early. Allows you to hit the Causeway early and decide if want to complete full loop. Completed in under 4 hours total; 3::37 moving but solo and kept at good pace. Didn’t see anyone else after crossing - 7 miles+. Past peak flowers but still very pretty. Spectacular Flat Top views; good elevation gain w switchbacks to reach top. Then almost all flat/downhill rest of loop with varied terrain and views. Highly recommend.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 15, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 9, 2020
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Incredible hike. Doesn’t disappoint! From beginning to end magical.

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