Devils Causeway

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Devils Causeway

Postby Scott P » Wed Sep 10, 2008 8:01 pm

Here is a very breif trip report in case anyone is interested:

September 6: Devils Causeway (Colorado)

After getting the weekend off last minute, we hurried and packed the gear Friday night to head off to the Flat Tops. We arrived fairly late and camped just below Stillwater Reservoir.

In the morning (sort of chilly, but not cold: 31F), Shaylee (four years old), Kessler (six years old), Kim and I set off for the Devils Causeway. It was very windy and somewhat chilly so Shaylee and Kim decided to head down at timberline and just below the saddle north of the Causeway. Kessler and I went up to and over Peak 11820 to the Causeway and he had a lot of fun crossing it. I made sure he held my hand the entire time.

After crossing the causeway, we headed SW and completed the entire Causeway Loop (10.5) miles. It was a great day; quite windy and chilly but with zero threat from thunderstorms.

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Re: Devils Causeway

Postby cheeseburglar » Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:40 pm

That is a great area. I took my parents up there a few years ago. Big views!
I don't recommend camping at the campgrounds during mosquito or fly season up there.
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Re: Devils Causeway

Postby Wish I lived in CO » Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:08 am

Thank you!

Only made it up about halfway about 2 years ago as our group decided to head back as it started snowing and we were'nt quite up to finishing it for a variety of reasons. Still had a great time.

Now I know what it looks like up there! Will have to finish it some year.
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Re: Devils Causeway

Postby telehead » Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:34 am

Love the Flat Tops
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Re: Devils Causeway

Postby Mel McKinney » Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:32 am

The Causeway is so much fun! I keep threatening to get back there. Glad you had a good hike. It was windy the day we were up there in '99.
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Re: Devils Causeway

Postby Matt Benak » Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:40 am

Do you have a topo or long/lat of the area? I think I remember an article in Backpacker a few months back about this area. Very cool pics.
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Re: Devils Causeway

Postby Scott P » Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:48 pm

I don't recommend camping at the campgrounds during mosquito or fly season up there.


I agree. Mosquitoes are all gone now.

Do you have a topo or long/lat of the area?


Here is some info:

http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/151485/devils-causeway.html
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Re: Devils Causeway

Postby Quanch » Thu Sep 11, 2008 4:20 pm

I enjoyed your pics. I've hiked the causeway several times, when I lived in Steamboat. I always have a great time in the Flat Tops. The long flat mtn. with 2 little bumps on the left side is Derby Peak(pic16). Its one of my all time favorite hikes I've ever done. There is a glacier on the other side ( I read somewhere that its the 10th largest in CO, but dont know if its true ) You can see clear to aspen on a clear day, from that peak. very nostalgic for me. thanks
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Re: Devils Causeway

Postby iceman » Sun Oct 19, 2008 3:35 pm

Glad I ran across this post. Went and checked this out on 10/18 to come face to face with some exposure. Do you have a feel for how this compares to some of the more exposed 14ers. Took the loop and it was a beautiful, although windy day.
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Re: Devils Causeway

Postby Scott P » Sun Oct 19, 2008 7:41 pm

Do you have a feel for how this compares to some of the more exposed 14ers.


It may be about as exposed as something like the Wetterhorn since both exposed sections are fairly short either place.
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Re: Devils Causeway

Postby COmedic04 » Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:24 pm

Thanks for the great pics, Scott! I always enjoy your TR's! :D I'm sure everyone would would agree that we always think these posts are self-centered... :roll:
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