Flat Tops Wilderness: Part Two

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What makes wilderness so special is that the only mode of transportation is by foot, giving the hiker unique access to raw, wild land, with minimal impact from humans. The Flat Tops Wilderness is the second largest wilderness in Colorado and was formed from volcanic basalt lava that flowed in the region and cooled millions of years ago. Over time, glaciation eroded the mountain range and formed their unique flat look. Geology is fascinating!

Devil’s Causeway is a narrow land bridge that gained its unique feature from two countering glaciers eating into the tough basalt rock from either side until almost meeting. The narrowest point of the trail is only 3 feet wide with a drop of hundreds of feet on either side, debilitating even the most seasoned hikers.

We intended to cross the Devil’s Causeway, continue to Causeway lake and connect with the trail creating a 10 mile loop. However, the approaching storm held us at bay, eventually forcing us to turn around and travel home the way we came. The trip out and back to the Causeway is only 6.5 miles and is now one of my favorite hikes in Colorado. We look forward to returning next summer for an extended backpacking trip.

You can see our fishing photos in the previous post, here

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