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Quick Facts

Mandall Lakes Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,760 Feet (3042.4 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
High Point: 11,600 Feet (3616.0 Meters) at Mandall Pass
Length: 8.4 Miles (14.0 Kilometers) to jct. with East Fork Trail #1119
Length, One-way: 5 Miles (8.33 Kilometers) to end of maintained trail, at Mandall Pass
Other Maps: Routt National Forest Map
TI Topo Maps: #122, Flat Tops NE, Trappers Lake
Trail Number: 1121
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Orno Peak, Devils Causeway

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The Mandall Lakes trail is located in the Bear River area of the Flat Tops, southwest of Yampa. The trail begins opposite the entrance to Bear Lake Campground. The trail climbs up along Mandall Creek, enters the Flat Tops Wilderness, and then passes Slide Mandall and Black Mandall Lakes. The trail then makes a steep climb to Mandall Pass, at an elevation of 11,960 feet, to the end of the maintained trail. Some of the lakes in this area provide good fishing.

Remaining in the alpine tundra, the hiker can head south toward the Devils Causeway and the East Fork Trail #1119. There is no trail across this area and a good topographic map is recommended. Once reaching the East Fork Trail, the hiker can return to Forest Road 900 and Stillwater Reservoir by going south; or go north into the Williams Fork drainage. High winds, cool temperatures, lack of oxygen, and frequent afternoon thunderstorms can make travel difficult. Those using this route should be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions.

Directions from Yampa: Travel S/SW on Routt County Rd #7 approximately 7 miles to FDR 900. Travel another 7 miles on FDR 900 to Bear Lake Campground. The trailhead is located across the road from the entrance to the campground.

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

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Merlin Dean (Denver, Co)
Length of Time: Stayed two Days
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: My wife did not like crossing the streams
Conditions: Still early, mud snow but bugs not bad
Water Availability: where is noah when you need him
Recommended Clothing: sun , rain, wind.
Suggested Accessories: trekking poles

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Mandall Lakes Trail
ICON Fishing lakes along the trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Mandall Lakes Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Mandall Lakes Trail

Related Activities
Bear Lake Campground - Bear Lake Campground is located 14 miles southwest of Yampa in the Bear River area, at an elevation of 9,600 feet. It has 29 campsites

Bear Lake Picnic Area - Bear Lake Picnic Ground is located in the Bear River area southwest of Yampa. It sits adjacent to Yampa Reservoir and Bear Lake Campground.

Bear River Designated Dispersed Campground - The Bear River Designated Dispersed Campground consists of 32 sites spread out along 10 miles of the Bear River Valley southwest of Yampa.

East Fork Trail - The East Fork Trail is located in the Flat Tops, west of Yampa. It leads from Stillwater Reservoir to Forest Highway 16 near Pyramid. This trail intersects several other trails along its route.

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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