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Hack Lake - Ute Trail
HIGHLIGHTS
Trail climbs from Sweetwater Lake to the Flat Tops Wilderness Area through mountain brush and spruce/fir/aspen forest. The scenery is panoramic and outstanding. Fishing is available at Hack Lake and other lakes in the area. Wildlife watching and primitive camping opportunities are excellent. The trail was originally used by the Ute Indians until late 1800's for access over the Flat Tops, and later became a National Forest trail.

ATTRACTIONS
Flat to rugged slopes on the edge of the Flat Tops Wilderness.
A small portion of this area is Wilderness Study Area.
Vegetation includes spruce, fir and aspen meadows.
Fishing is available ( Cut-throat trout).

RECREATION


ACCESS
From I-70 at Dotsero go north on the Colorado River Road. (Eagle county 301) about 6.5 miles, then go northwest on the Sweetwater Road (County) to Sweetwater Lake. The trail connects to other trails in the area which provide loop backs to Sweetwater and alternate routes into the Flat Tops where an extensive network of trails is available. Use limited to hiking and horseback riding; motorized vehicles are prohibited.

*Alternate Route - Take Sheep Creek Road 4 miles before Sweetwater Lake and drive on the dirt road 5 miles to undeveloped camping area. Four wheel drive is recommended when wet.

FACILITIES
Developed Forest Service campground with parking, toilets, tables and fireplaces, and guest resort at Sweetwater Lake with restaurant. Cabin rental and guided horseback ride tours available from several outfitters in vicinity.

DISTANCE/ELEVATION
About 4 miles to Hack Lake, 2 miles further to the Flat Tops. Elevation ranges from 7,700 to 11,000 feet.

MAPS
BLM 1: 100,000 topographic quadrangle: Glenwood Springs
USGS 1: 24,000 quadrangles: Sweetwater Lake, Sugarloaf Mountain