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      The United States Congress designated the Flat Tops Wilderness (map) in 1975 and it now has a total of 235,214 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Colorado and is managed by the White River and Routt National Forests. Flat Tops is Colorado's second largest Wilderness, a precious expanse of open land.

      The White River National Forest has a longstanding tradition of promoting wilderness stewardship. In 1919, Arthur Carhart, a Forest Service landscape architect, realized the uniqueness of the location when he stood on the shoreline of Trappers Lake. Carhart’s task was to survey the area to build a recreational housing development of summer cottages. However, what Carhart saw and experienced at Trappers Lake compelled him to strongly recommend to his supervisors that the area remain undeveloped. Flat Tops, also known as the “Cradle of Wilderness,” is where the idea of wilderness was first applied to public land.

      It’s no wonder Carhart found the area so entrancing: behind Trappers Lake loom steep volcanic cliffs and beyond them a vast subalpine terrain yields to alpine tundra. The Flat Tops are part of the White River Plateau with an average elevation of about 10,000 feet. Approximately 110 lakes and ponds, often unnamed, dot the country above and below numerous flat-topped cliffs. Roughly 100 miles of fishable streams are in the Wilderness.

      The valleys and relatively gentle land above the cliffs offers over 160 miles of trails. Thousands of recreationists in search of hiking, camping, horseback, hunting and fishing visit each year. The land is ideal for stock-users and traveling cross-country. Elk, deer and moose visit the area in the summer.

      A skeletal forest of dead spruce and fir stretches across the higher slopes below the tundra, the eerie legacy of a 1940s bark beetle epidemic. In 2002 more than 17,000 acres burned around Trappers Lake and over 5,500 acres in the vicinity of Lost Lakes in the East Fork of the Williams Fork drainage amounting to almost 10% of the Flat Tops Wilderness.

      Wilderness provides a range benefits and sanctuary for us all- clean air and water, carbon sequestration, habitat and refuge for native fish and wildlife, erosion control and soil renewal, opportunities for outdoor recreation, solitude and adventure.

      Protect this special place for the future by always using Leave No Trace techniques and following all special Wilderness restrictions.
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      Region Details
      42 hike trails

      Region Status
      Open as of Jul 10, 2022

      Hike Stats

      State Ranking
      #9,995
      Trails (view details)
      42
      Trails Mountain Bike
      2
      Trails E-Bike
      1
      Trails Horse
      27
      Trails Hike
      42
      Trails Trail Running
      42
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      1
      Trails Snowshoe
      14
      Total Distance
      203 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      86 miles
      Total Descent
      27,644 ft
      Total Vertical
      5,223 ft
      Ridden Counter
      86

      Activity Feed

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      WYGregwishlisttrailactivity #50020096
      Mar 14, 2024 @ 6:05pm
      Mar 14, 2024
      toddaddpoiactivity #46128689 and 1 more
      Nov 9, 2023 @ 7:07am
      Nov 9, 2023
      toddaddtrailactivity #46128273 and 1 more
      Nov 9, 2023 @ 6:55am
      Nov 9, 2023
      SpartanXwishlistrouteactivity #43857954
      Sep 7, 2023 @ 8:20pm
      Sep 7, 2023
      RJHPfHTuwishlistrouteactivity #42259654
      Jul 27, 2023 @ 9:19am
      Jul 27, 2023

      Nearby Riding Areas

      namedistance
      Oak Creek Mountain Park 4 9 125 km
      In Town Trails 2 325.2 km
      Stagecoach 8 229.5 km
      Red Hill Trails 2 231.5 km
      New Castle Trails (NCT) 8 21 531.9 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike211 miles640 ft2 miles2,146 ft
      3
      E-Bike19 miles23 ft2,477 ft1,198 ft
      Horse27141 miles17,310 ft56 miles4,724 ft
      11
      Hike42203 miles27,644 ft86 miles5,223 ft
      #9,9951468
      Trail Running42203 miles27,644 ft86 miles5,223 ft
      #6,016142
      Dirtbike/Moto19 miles23 ft2,477 ft1,198 ft
      Snowshoe1465 miles10,295 ft35 miles3,757 ft
      12
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