Trappers Lake is located in the White River National Forest. It is located in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.
Hope you don't mind a pause for a brief history lesson. Back in the early part of the 20th Century, the automobile became a popular mode of transportation and families started doing vacations by car. There was increasing demand to see and vacation at the most beautiful areas of our great country.
The National Park Service was created by President Woodrow Wilson 100 years ago in 1916. The goal was "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." The first designated Park was Yellowstone National Park.
Arthur Carhart is my 1st cousin, 3 times removed, but we called him Uncle Arthur. He was hired by the US Forest Service in 1919 as a "Recreation Engineer" - his primary role was to make the scenic areas accessible to all. One of his first assignment was to survey a road and map out home sites at Trappers Lake. The plaque that is found on the shore of Trappers Lake tells the rest of the story:
This picture of Art is from 1920 when he was employed by the US Forest Service. Although he left the Forest Service in 1923, he was also instrumental in the initial recommendation to create a Wilderness area in the Boundary Waters in Minnesota. He lived in Denver for most of his adult life and was a landscape architect and author.
There was a fire in 2002 which destroyed most of the forest around the lake. Sad, but the forest is recovering nicely.
The sun on the second day provided some great mountain reflections.
There is no cell or internet service and no outlets in the cabins, so be prepared to go off the grid!