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Carhart Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,600 Feet (2992.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Ending Elevation: 9,600 Feet (2992.5 Meters)
Length: 4.5 Miles (7.5 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1815
Usage: Heavy

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General Description

The Carhart Trail circles Trappers Lake close to the shore on the east and north sides of the lake providing fishing access. On the west and south sides the trail is away from the lake up to 1.3 mile at its furthest point. The Carhart Trail accesses the Stillwater Trail to the east, the Trappers Lake Trail to the south and the Wall Lake Trail to the west.


Trappers Lake in Northwest Colorado's Flat Tops Wilderness is renown as the birthplace of the Wilderness concept. This trail is named for Arthur Carhart whose innovative ides about Wilderness formulated during and after his visit to Trappers Lake. Arthur Carhart helped set the stage for the Wilderness preservation system in the United States today.

Directions from Meeker: The Carhart Trail is located 51 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 10 miles to any of the Trappers Lake parking areas. The main trail is approximately 1/4 mile from any of these parking areas.

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

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 2000-07-05 17:58:00.0

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

Related Activities
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.

Trappers Lake Campground - Trappers Lake is located 50 miles east of Meeker. There are four campgrounds available in the Trappers Lake area: Bucks, Trapline, Cutthroat and Shepherds Rim. All four are described here.

Trappers Lake Trail - This trail leads from south of Trappers Lake, up Fraser Creek and up onto the Flat Tops Plateau. It continues across the Flat Tops Wilderness to Indian Camp Pass, north of Deep 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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