White River National Forest - Rim Lake - Member Hike

Hike Name: White River National Forest - Rim Lake
Country: United States
State: Colorado
Nearby Town: Eagle
Rating: 3 stars
Directions: From Eagle: Drive approximately eleven miles on I-70 West to the Dotsero Exit and head north for seven miles on the Colorado River Road. You will see signs for Sweetwater, then turn left onto the Sweetwater Creek Road. Follow this road another eleven miles too the trailhead. There is parking here around the Sweetwater Wilderness Ranch.
Total Hike Distance: 10.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Turret Creek Trailhead
Trails Used: Sweetwater, Rim Lake
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams
Management: U.S. Forest Service
Contact Information: USDA Forest Service
White River National Forest
900 Grand Ave.
P.O. Box 948
Glenwood Springs CO 81602
Best Season: Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
Hike Summary: Our hike in the White River National Forest followed the Sweetwater and Rim Lake trails of the Flat Top Wilderness. The Ox and I planned to hike to over 10,000 feet and try some trout fishing at both Shepherd and Rim Lakes, but we were too early in the season and the snow lingered in the upper elevations. We ended up camping along a nice stream at 9500 feet near a large meadow a few miles from the trailhead.


The Ox

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