The Hack Lake WSA is on the points of two flat-to-rolling ridges, flanked by steep, rugged cliffs with rocky outcrops and rock slides. This small area is located above the rim on the edge of the Flat Tops Wilderness. Trails into the Flat Tops Wilderness are accessible from the WSA. The area provides expansive views of Sweetwater Creek and rugged hills to the south and west. An exposed lava flow is also visible along the Ute Trail.
Total Area: 4 acres
Elevation Range: ~10,900 to ~11,000 feet
BLM Field Office: Colorado River Valley
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: The Hack Lake WSA is located in Garfield County, approximately 22 miles northeast of Glenwood Springs.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of spruce, fir and aspen. Fauna includes black bear, mountain lion, mule deer, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and Rocky Mountain elk.
Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, hunting and photography. For more information, visit the Recreation page. Please note that though unconfined recreation is encouraged in WSAs, specific types of recreation may be barred from a specific area to prevent degradation of natural conditions.
Click here for additional information about the Hack Lake WSA from the Colorado River Valley Field Office.
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