North Derby Trail #1122


Derby Peak

This moderate 4.9 mile trail is open to hiking and horseback riding, thought snowdrifts can restrict horse travel in early summer. This trail begins by crossing the Stillwater Reservoir dam from the Stillwater Trailhead, a water impoundment built in 1940.  As the trail leaves the reservoir, it takes you south through a meadow dotted with a few small lakes and ponds and begins its ascent through spruce/fir forest. At mile 0.8 you enter the Flat Tops Wilderness.  After the ponds, the trail begins to climb towards the pass.  At mile 1.9 you reach the high point of the trail, at an elevation of 11,200 feet. This saddle divides the Yampa River/White River watersheds and Routt and White River National Forests. Continuing on the main trail, White River trail 1860, you will head south and reach Hooper Lake at mile 3.0.  Keener Lake lies to the southwest of Hooper Lake. If you make the hike in late July or early August the meadow is carpeted with wildflowers. The trip back to Stillwater Reservoir is a fairly easy and quick trek. The trail begins at 10280 feet and rises to 10800 feet at Hooper Lake. Usage on this trail is moderate, with usage increasing during Colorado Big Game Season.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open seasonally, weather dependent.
Fees Free
Open Season: June - November
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: Summer and Colorado Big Game Season
Closest Towns: Yampa, CO
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Information Center: Yampa Ranger District
(970) 638-4516
300 Roselawn Ave
Yampa, CO 80483

General Information


From Yampa, CO follow Cty Rd 7 southwest for 6.5 miles, where it becomes Forest Road 900. Continue another 8.6 miles on Forest Road 900 to the dead end (17 miles total from Yampa) Park at the dead-end, where you will see the Stillwater trailhead. Start by walking along the dam on the east edge of the reservoir until you reach the North Derby Trailhead.


Parking can be limited on busy summer weekends.



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