Could you hike this narrow rocky ledge with 1000-foot drop offs on each side? This is the Devil's Causeway, a popular hiking trail and landmark in the Flat Tops Wilderness. See the hike in photos by clicking next.
The hike starts along the shoreline of Stillwater Reservoir. The trail goes up and down a bit through a wildflower-filled meadow. Enjoy the views of the reservoir, the cliffs in the distance and try counting how many different wildflowers you see.
Some of the colorful flowers along the trail.
As you walk, look for lakes and ponds along the trail. The Flat Tops Wilderness is home to about 100 lakes/ponds, many of them unnamed, like this one.
As you look out at the meadow behind this sign, you may not realize that mountain in the distance is where you are going. The Devil's Causeway is on the far right side, by the tree in this picture.
From the trailhead, it's about 1.75 miles to Little Causeway Lake. Again, that's the Devil's Causeway above the lake, on the right end of that mountain peak. You can't tell it's the Devil's Causeway from this angle, but it is.
Here the trail gets steeper, but don't worry it mellows out. You'll hike a hanging trail of sorts above the lake.
Looking down on Little Causeway Lake.
Two miles from the trailhead, the trail suddenly crests a ridge putting hikers at the edge of a meadow. This is a beautiful spot. Enjoy the meadow, the 360 degree views, and look at the cirque ahead of you -- you may spot the steep switchbacks ahead.
At the top of the switchbacks, there's another wildflower-filled meadow, but this one is small. There's also a trail split. Hikers doing the big loop to Round Lake, Long Lake, Lost lakes, go right. Hikers going to Devil's Causeway turn left here.
Take a moment to enjoy the amazing views here.
Then it's time to climb again. This next section of trail climbs about 250 feet in 0.2 miles. At the top of the climb, walk across the ridge a short distance to the Devil's Causeway section.
This is the approach for the Causeway.
You can't miss the Causeway. It's the place where the ridge turns rocky and gets quite skinny. Not everyone can hike across this section -- some people crawl, some people turn around, others easily walk across.
(This photo is from the other side, looking back.) Be careful crossing this ridge, there are extremely steep dropoffs on both sides.
Could you walk across this ridge?
On the other side it's decision time: You can cross back and return for a round trip hike of 6 miles or continue west across this flat top area and loop back via Mosquito Lake for a hike of 10.6 miles. Read more: http://ch7ne.ws/12G68zk