Devil's Causeway


Devil's Causeway Hiking

Due to snow conditions, this hike is generally hikeable mid June through October.

One of the most popular hikes in Northwest Colorado. Many choose this as an overnight backpacking hike by doing the 10 mile loop, making the cross over the Devil’s Causeway and continuing on to see the Chinese wall before making it back to where they began and some make the Devil’s Causeway a day hike, hiking out to it to see it and then back. (3 miles there, 6 miles roundtrip)

*Although getting there is only 3 miles one way, don't underestimate this moderate to difficult hike. It's change in elevation of over 1,500 feet and steep switchbacks going to the top will challenge you.

Once to the top, to get across the Causeway, take precaution. It is approximately 50 feet long and about 4 feet wide at its narrowest with drop offs of several hundred feet on either side. This hike is very popular and many have posted their trek across it on YouTube if you are looking for a closer look before making the trek.

*Lightning storms occur nearly daily in the high country. Begin this hike early in the day and if lightning is in the area, return to lower ground.

*Due to this area being "loved to death" the alpine vegetation is very fragile. Please do not take short cuts, please stay on the trail to minimize the resource damage in this area.*

THE HIKE THERE: The trail is mostly shaded and forested until reaching Little Causeway Lake, and then becomes open and steeper for the remainder of your climb. The trail goes through a series of switchbacks before you get to the saddle. At the saddle, you will come to a junction.
Trail #1119 continues to the right and there is an un-maintained user trail to the left that connects with trail #1803. Your final ascent is to the left on the user trail.

MAKING THE LOOP: If you wish to make a loop with trails #1803 and #1120 the total distance is between 9 and 10 miles. It is recommended that you bring a map and compass and know how to use them. All year round, it does get chilly, if you plan to camp overnight up there, bring warm clothing. WATER SOURCES: While making the loop, there are no facilities for trash or water, there are however lakes and streams to filter water from. TRASH: Leave no trace.


DOGS: Must be under immediate voice control or leashed at all times. Please respect the land and follow the “leave no trace” practices and clean up all waste from your animal to include the bag used to clean it up as there are no trash cans along this hike.

Devil's Causeway is managed by the Yampa Ranger District.
For more information about your trip/hike call 970-638-4516.



At a Glance

Current Conditions: Expect snow from October to late June. For current conditions and questions contact the Yampa Ranger Station at 970-638-4516
Operational Hours: For current updates, contact the Yampa Ranger District before planning your hike. 970-638-4516
Fees  No permit required. Donations accepted at Trailhead.
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Yampa CO
Water: No
Restroom: Vault toilet at trailhead

General Information


Parking avalable at the trailhead.


From Yampa take County Road 7 by the Antlers Cafe; this will turn into Forest Development Road 900 (gravel) in 7 miles; continue 10 more miles to Stillwater Reservoir.

General Notes:

The last part of the hike to get to the Devil's Causeway is not on a Forest Service trail. However, there is an unmaintained user trail that goes to it that is clearly marked.


Parking avalable at the Stillwater trailhead.



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