Do you dare cross the Devil’s Causeway?
Devil’s Causeway is an outdoor adventure notorious for its thrilling nature and unparalleled views. The crux of the hike is the 50-foot rocky land bridge that narrows to as little as 4 feet with sheer cliffs on either side. But whether you cross or not, the Devil’s Causeway is a wilderness experience you won’t soon forget.
Beginning at Stillwater Reservoir in the Flat Tops about an hour south of Steamboat Springs, the hike is less than 3 miles to the Causeway itself. The trail winds through a lush forest and past high alpine lakes before breaking into a clearing and switch-backing up one of the steep bowls, gaining 1,500 feet of elevation.
As you reach the top of the ridge, sweeping views of the spectacular Flat Tops Wilderness Area surround you. And just ahead, the Causeway awaits: it will test your resolve and you should only cross if you feel comfortable doing so, but the rewards are sweet.
If conditions permit and you cross the Causeway, make it a full 10.5-mile loop by connecting to the Chinese Wall Trail and back to the reservoir on the Bear River Trail. Or, take in the beauty of the natural formation and head back down the way you came for a well-earned lunch.
How to Prepare
Be sure to pack plenty of water and sunscreen for the awe-inspiring exposure atop the Flat Tops, and check the weather before you head out. And don’t forget to pack a camera to capture the daredevil feat on film.