One of the most coveted scouting awards is the 50-Miler. This trip was built to meet this challenge as a backpacking loop trip in the Flattops Wilderness of Colorado. High, wild and remote, this volcanic region provides untamed wilderness where Teddy Roosevelt once tramped.
Starting from Stillwater Trailhead (at Stillwater Reservoir) southwest of Yampa, CO, you’ll average just over 10 miles a day to complete a large loop in the northeastern side of the Flat Tops in a counterclockwise fashion. A significant portion of the trip is walked along the eroded and extinct volcano that gives the area its name. Additionally, this trip offers excellent fishing as well as climbs up the Devil’s Causeway (scary narrow ridgeline, be safe) and along the Chinese Wall (huge rock escarpment).