Flat Tops Wilderness and the Devil\'s Causeway

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Sunrise at 11,600 ft. Flat Tops Wilderness
My neighbors knew I was heading to Steamboat for a conference, and recommeded that when I was in the area, to hike the Flat Tops Wilderness and to cross the Devil's Causeway.

My daughter, her friend and I had a long drive from Moab, UT to Yampa.  We filled the car up with gas, and asked where we could fill our bellies before hitting the trail.  The lady at the gas station recommended Penny's Diner...on the end of Moffat Avenue.  She hit the nail on the head.

After 'Breakfast', we drove 18 miles to the Devil's Causeway trailhead.  Getting there about about 6pm.  We assembled our packs, loaded up with water and hit the trail.  The trail follows the north edge of a reservoir.  Staying to the right, we started up the basin toward a large rock slide.
Crossing the Devil's Causeway, Flat Tops Wilderness.
  The trail was well developed and traveled.

We broke out on the pass at Devil's Causeway to see a thin red stripe of light on the western horizon.  Our head lamps were used to aid in finding a flat spot to set up the tent.  There were no clouds in the sky, and chose not to use the rain fly - meaning we would be 'sleeping under the stars' through the mesh of my Big Agnes tent. 

What a night.  There are NO words that can describe the sight of the stars at 11,600 ft.  None.  We were immersed in a blanket of stars and could follow the Milky Way across the sky and watch shooting stars.

The alarm went off at 5:30, in time for me to make a cup of coffee on the stove and to watch the sunrise (Getting up to capture the sunrise has turned into a key activity of my hiking).  What a beauty it was, only to be topped by seeing the herd of elk that grazed near our tent head over the hill to the valley below.

After breaking camp, we hiked up the last step to the Causeway, a narrow path with cliffs of 100ft and 300ft on either side.  I was proud of my daughter and Sasha, as they both hiked the Causeway.
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Sunrise at 11,600 ft.
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