Little Trappers #1814

Lake along Little Trappers Trail

The Little Trappers Trail begins at a junction with the Carhart Trail #1815 near the point where Cabin Creek flows into Trappers Lake within Flat Tops Wilderness. The trail climbs 100 yards on a gentle slope, and the Chinese Wall becomes visible across an open meadow.

Crossing the meadow, the trail enters an area burned in the 2002 Big Fish Fire and follows Cabin Creek 1 mile to Little Trappers Lake. The trail passes the lake and climbs for 2 miles until it emerges on the Flat Tops Plateau at 11,000'. The trail crosses rolling tundra for 1 mile, then terminates at the Chinese Wall Trail #1803. 

At a Glance

Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply in Flat Tops Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Meeker, CO
Water: Intermittently on trail. Treat all water before consuming.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Blanco Ranger District (970) 878-4039

General Information


Access to the Little Trappers Trail is located 50 miles east of Meeker, CO.

From Meeker, 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. Follow Carhart Trail #1815 around the east side of Trappers Lake for .75 miles to the Little Trappers Trail.

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  Area/Length : 
4.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
9732' - 11421'