Flat Top Mountain and Edge Lake Trail

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Flat Top Mountain and Edge Lake Trail is a 47.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Glenwood Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
47.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
10305 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

snow

The Flat Tops are a vast wilderness area with many trails and multiple access points. It provides a wide variety of opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping, and other outdoor activities. The weather can change dramatically.

hiking
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.