Trappers Lake

August 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Trappers Lake - After the Burn

I had never visited Trappers Lake until this August, and found a land of contrast and rugged beauty. The area is dominated by the effects of the 2002 Big Fish Fire, which burned over 17,000 acres, including most of the land ringing Trappers Lake. The vegetation is slowly coming back, but the few remaining stands of live trees are found mostly in the campground/Scott's Bay area and high above the lake.

Trappers Lake, Scotts Bay AreaTrappers Lake, Scotts Bay AreaScott's Bay on Trappers Lake, one of the few spots around the lake with live evergreens.

 

"Cradle of Wilderness""Cradle of Wilderness"Trappers Lake is dubbed the "Cradle of the Wilderness" thanks to the efforts of U.S. Forest Service official Arthur Carhart. After his 1919 visit, his recommendations halted plans for a road and homes around the lake. His call to preserve the stunning area from development is considered the start of the wilderness movement, which ultimately led to the Wilderness Act of 1964, according to the Colorado Historical Society. The trail that circles the lake is the Carhart Trail.

Trappers Lake is dubbed the "Cradle of the Wilderness" thanks to the efforts of U.S. Forest Service official Arthur Carhart. After his 1919 visit, his recommendations halted plans for a road and homes around the lake. His call to preserve the stunning area from development is considered the start of the wilderness movement, which ultimately led to the Wilderness Act of 1964, according to the Colorado Historical Society. The trail that circles the lake is the Carhart Trail, an easy 5 mile loop that gives one a surreal feel walking through a burned forest, which has it's own beauty.

 

The weather was most interesting, a rain storm would pass through about every 4-6 hours day and night, which made for some glorious photo ops, and perpetually wet gear and clothes.

Stormy MorningStormy MorningStorm clouds roll in over the Flat Tops above Trappers Lake, Colorado

 

Bloom in the BurnBloom in the BurnFlower blooming in the burned area of the 2002 Big Fish Fire

The wild flowers were in full bloom, lending a counter point to the endless lines of burned trunks. Bloom in the Burn 2Bloom in the Burn 2Flower blooming in the burned area of the 2002 Big Fish Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This charming cabin was saved from the flames, and sits in a rare area of mature live trees just a mile or so from the lake outlet.

Cabin in a DreamCabin in a DreamCabin on the shore of Trappers Lake

 

Boats are allowed on the lake, but since it's in a wilderness area, motors or wheeled carts to carry them are not. It's a rugged hike of anywhere from 300-500 yards to get from the parking lots to the water.

A Pleasant PotentialA Pleasant PotentialBoats docked on Trappers Lake, Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trappers Lake is roughly midway between Meeker on the west and Yampa on the east, and can be accessed from either town. The route between them on the Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway (8 Road), is an 82-mile drive that includes 40 miles of unpaved, maintained gravel road.  There are several campgrounds near the lake as well as the Trappers Lake Lodge. Hiking and fishing are plentiful, though remember that bikes and motorized vehicles are not permitted in the wilderness area.

Glorious MornGlorious MornMorning comes to the Flat Tops, Trappers Lake, Colorado

 

Thanks for looking at the blog, and enjoy the photos!


Rainbow Over Trappers LakeRainbow Over Trappers LakeRainbow over the burned trees near Trappers Lake

 


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