Carhart #1815

Trappers Lake, Cradle of Wilderness

The Carhart Trail circles Trappers Lake which lies completely within Flat Tops Wilderness. The trail stays close to the shore on the east and north sides, providing good fishing access. On the west and south sides, the trail is up to 1.3 miles away from the lake.

The Carhart Trail provides access to the Little Trappers Trail #1814 to the east, Trappers Lake Trail #1816 to the south, and Wall Lake Trail #1818 to the west.

The trail is named for Arthur Carhart, whose survey near Trappers 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.

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At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Meeker, CO 
Water: Treat all water before consuming.
Restroom: Vault Toilets at Outlet Trailhead
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Blanco Ranger District, 970-878-4039

General Information


The Carhart Trail is located 50 miles east of Meeker, CO.

From Meeker, CO take Colorado Highway 13 east for 1 mile, then turn right on Rio Blanco County Road 8 and follow this for 39 miles to Trappers Lake Road #205. Turn south on Trappers Lake Road #205, and continue for 10 miles to the Outlet Trailhead. The Carhart Trail may be accessed from any of the Trappers Lake parking areas.

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  Area/Length : 
5.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
9591' - 9949'