Deer Lake #1802


The Deer Lake Trail connects Island Lakes Trail #1842 to Chinese Wall Trail #1803. From Island Lakes Trail, Deer Lake Trail branches north and follows a bench that overlooks the Island Lake and Derby Creek drainages. After 2 miles, the trail becomes steep and narrow as it drops to down to Deer Lake; this section can be hazardous to pack strings. From Deer Lake, the trail climbs 1 mile to the Flat Tops plateau where it joins the Chinese Wall Trail.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
  • Flat Tops Wilderness regulations apply
  • This trail is used for multiple activities, including hiking and horsebackriding.  Please respect other users.
  • This trail is not recommended for pack strings. 
Closest Towns: Meeker, CO
Water: Deer Lake & Island Lakes. Treat all water before consuming.
Restroom: Bury all human waste 6 inches deep & at least 100 ft. from water.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Blanco Ranger District, 970-878-4039

General Information


Access to the Deer Lake Trail is located 50 miles east of Meeker, CO.

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 travel 10 miles to the Outlet Trailhead.

Follow the Arthur E. Carhart Trail #1815 around the east side of Trappers Lake to Trappers Lake Trail # 1816. Take Trappers Lake Trail #1816 for 4 miles to the head of Fraser Creek, where Island Lakes Trail #1842 begins. Follow Island Lakes Trail 2.5 miles to Deer Lake Trail #1802.



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  Area/Length : 
3.6 miles

  Elevation : 
11229' - 11602'


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