View of Trappers Lake from the Arthur H Carhart Trail

Trappers Lake (9,627′), Flat Tops

Roughly a mile and a half long and half a mile wide, reaching depths of 180 feet, Trappers Lake is the second largest natural lake in Colorado after Grand Lake. You reach the lake by taking the Flat Tops Scenic Byway from Yampa or Meeker.

The trail around the lake is named for Arthur Carhart, whose survey near the lake in 1919 inspired him to recommend preserving the area for future generations. Arthur Carhart’s efforts set the stage for the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the National Wilderness Preservation System which includes Trappers Lake and the rest of the Flat Tops Wilderness.

Destination: Trappers Lake
Trailhead: Arthur H Carhart Trail #1815
Round trip: 5.5 miles / 8.8 km
Elevation: 9,627′ – 9,950′ (323′) / 2,934m – 3,033m (99m)

Area: Flat Tops
County: Routt
Agency: U.S.Forest Service
Nat’l Forest: White River
Nat’l Wilderness: Flat Tops

Elevation Map (select to enlarge)

The trailhead is adjacent to the beautiful Trappers Lake Overlook.

GPS Route with Elevation

Video Tour

Trail Directions

From the end of Trappers Lake road, take the Arthur H Carhart Trail in either direction around the lake. The trailhead is next to the Trappers Lake Overlook. The trail is easy to follow in summer conditions.

Trailhead Directions