Big Fish #1819

View from Big Fish Trail in the mountains overlooking a canyon.

The Big Fish Trail begins at the Big Fish Trailhead in the Himes Peak Campground. The trail crosses the White River on a narrow foot bridge, then enters the Flat Tops Wilderness where regulations apply. The trail follows Big Fish Creek .75 miles to Bessie's Falls, then continues another mile to Big Fish Lake. One-half mile beyond Big Fish Lake, the trail starts a twisting, two-mile climb onto the Flat Tops, where it joins Oyster Lake Trail #1825.

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View from Big Fish Trail in the mountains overlooking a canyon. Big Fish Lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
  • Flat Tops Wilderness Regulations apply
  • This trail is used for multiple activities, including hiking and horsebackriding.  Please respect other users.
  • Domestic cattle may be grazing in the area.
Closest Towns: Meeker, CO
Water: Treat all water before consuming.
Restroom: Vault Toilets at Trailhead
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Blanco Ranger District, 970-878-4039

General Information


The Big Fish Trail begins 46 miles east of Meeker at the Himes Peak Campground.

From Meeker, CO take Colorado Highway 13 east for 1 mile, then turn right (east) on Rio Blanco County Road 8 and follow this for 39 miles. Turn south on Trappers Lake Road #205, and continue 6 miles to the Himes Peak Campground. The Big Fish Trailhead is on the left as you enter the campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking


Horse Riding

Big Game Hunting

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
6.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
8782' - 10946'