Trail climbs from the Colorado River at Dotsero to the Flat Tops through mountain brush and pinyon - juniper woodland, eventually reaching forested land. The scenery is panoramic, and wildlife watching is good. The Ute Indians originally used the trail until late 1800's for access over the Flat Tops to the Meeker area. It was also used by prospectors to access the Caronate mining area for a short lived silver rush in the early 1900's and later became a National Forest trail and wagon road until replaced by the Coffee Pot Road.
From I-70 at Dotsero go north on the Colorado River Road. (Eagle county 301) about 0.5 miles to trail head on the West Side. Although the trail connects to other trails into the Flat Tops, presently it lacks public access over several segments and therefore dead-ends about 3 miles above the trailhead. Use limited to hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding; motorized vehicles are prohibited.
Gravel parking area.
About 3 miles to the end of public access. Elevation ranges from 6,150 to 8,000 feet.
BLM 1: 100,000 topographic: Glenwood Springs
USGS 1: 24,000 quadrangles: Dotsero