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Quick Facts

Boulder Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,800 Feet (2743.1 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,900 Feet (592.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,700 Feet (3335.4 Meters)
Length: 7.6 Miles (12.67 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 2262
Usage: Heavy

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General Description

Trappers Amphitheatre over Trappers Lake
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Trappers Amphitheatre over Trappers Lake
Leaving Himes Peak Campground you cross the White River by foot bridge, then enter the Flat Tops Wilderness and follow the trail along Big Fish Creek. One and one quarter miles from the campground the Boulder Lake Trail branches to the right over Big Fish Creek. This trail winds its way for 2 miles up to Boulder Lake, lying below the cliffs forming the Flat Tops plateau. Proceeding up the Big Fish Trial 3/4 mile a waterfall named Bessie's Falls cascades down the slope to the east. One mile further lies Big Fish Lake. You continue to follow the meadows of Big Fish Creek for 1/2 mile beyond the lake and then start a twisting 2 mile climb onto the Flat Tops. One mile past Big Fish Lake the trail intersects with the Himes Peak Trail. Your journey on the Big Fish Trail ends 1/2 mile further at its junction with the Oyster Lake Trail.

Directions from Meeker: Boulder Lake Trail is located 46 miles east of Meeker. Take State Highway 13 east out of Meeker for one mile; turn right on County Road 8 for 39 miles to the Trappers Lake Road turn right for 6 miles to the Himes Peak campground. The Big Fish Trailhead is on the left before you enter the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through November (NOTE: Always open. Beware of severe Winter conditions.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 2000-07-05 17:57:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
ICON Cold Water Fishing
ICON Hiking & Walking
ICON Horseback Riding

Related Activities
Himes Peak Campground - The Himes Peak Campground is located 47 miles east of Meeker, along the North Fork of the White River, at an elevation of 9,500 feet.

Lake of the Woods Trail - This is a short trail which provides access to the Lake of the Woods, located several miles north of Trappers Lake.

Oyster Lake Trail - This 25 mile long trail begins just south of Buford. It intersects numerous other trails and passes many lakes while crossing the Flat Tops Plateau until reaching the Wall Lake Trail above Trappers Lake.

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Visitor Information:

Blanco Ranger District, 317 E. Market , Meeker, CO, 81641, Phone: 970-878-4039, Fax: 970-878-5173


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