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This 25 mile long trail begins just south of Buford. For the first four miles, the trail crosses private property. One mile in to the National Forest lies Bailey Lake and right above Bailey Lake lies Swede Lake, both excellent fishing for trout. For the next two miles you climb onto Nimerick Point on the western most part of the Flat Tops plateau. The cover has changed from oak brush to aspen and grassy parks and now is predominantly spruce-fir forest. The trail turns south following the rim above the south fork of the White River before turning east near Clam Lake. The dense timber begins to give way to larger parks as you travel the four miles to Oyster Lake. Two and one-half miles east of Oyster Lake lies the large meadows at the head waters of Lost Solar Creek. The next 2.5 miles of trail follows a timber covered ridge until you emerge out onto the alpine tundra for the remaining 5 miles to the Wall Lake Trail. The major peaks on the Flat Tops plateau are visible during the last 5 mile stretch.

Directions: From Meeker, Oyster Lake Trail is located 22 miles east of Meeker. Take State Highway 13 east out of Meeker for one mile; turn right on County Road 8 for 20 miles to the Buford New Castle Road (County Road 17). Turn right, one mile to the Oyster Lake Trail. Limited parking is available.

Elevation: 7,000 feet

Ending Elevation: 10,800 feet

Elevation Gain: 3,800 feet

Distance: 25 miles

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Moderate

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White River National Forest, Colorado

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