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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests > Yampa Ranger District

Quick Facts

Bear River Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,280 Feet (3204.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,120 Feet (349.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,400 Feet (3553.6 Meters) at the divide/ White River NF boundary
Length, One-way: 3 Miles (5.0 Kilometers) to the White River NF boundary
Other Maps: Routt National Forest Map
TI Topo Maps: #122, Flat Tops NE, Trappers Lake
Trail Number: 1120
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Devils Causeway

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Bear River and East Fork Trail, near the Stillwater Trailhead
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Bear River and East Fork Trail, near the Stillwater Trailhead
The Bear River Trail begins at Stillwater Reservoir, southwest of Yampa. It leads from the Stillwater Trailhead, along the north shore of Stillwater Reservoir and follows the Bear River drainage to its headwaters. The trail passes Mosquito Lake and climbs to a divide at 11,400 feet which separates the Bear and White River drainages, at the boundary of the White River National Forest. The trail is called the Stillwater Trail on the White River National Forest.

Travelers may continue to Trappers Lake using the Stillwater Trail #1814, or to Lost Lakes Peaks using Trail #1803, or to Mackinaw Lake using Trail #1817. Trails 1803 and 1817 both remain relatively level while crossing the alpine tundra.


As humans, we must minimize our impacts to help preserve this resource for present and future generations.

Directions from Yampa: Travel S/SW on County Road 7 for approximately 7 miles to FDR 900. Follow FDR 900 approximately 8 1/2 more miles to the trailhead at Stillwater Reservoir. Both the East Fork Trail #1119 and the Bear River Trail #1120 are common for the first 0.8 mile.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Seasons may vary depending on snow depth and weather.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Bear River Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Bear River Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Bear River Trail

Related Activities
Cold Springs Campground - Cold Springs Campground has is a small campground with 5 sites. It is located southwest of Yampa in the Bear River area at an elevation of 10,200 feet.

Horseshoe Campground - Horseshoe is a small campground with 7 sites. It is located southwest of Yampa in the Bear River area at an elevation of 10,000 feet.

Stillwater Trail - Views of Chinese Wall are available as this trail passes Trappers Lake, follows Cabin Creek to Chinese Wall trail until reaching the Stillwater trail at it destination.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Yampa Ranger District, 300 Roselawn Ave., P.O. Box 7 , Yampa, CO, 80483, Phone: 970-638-4516, Fax: 970-638-4635


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