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Devil's Thumb Trail #902

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (7)

A nicely forested trail meandering past high alpine lakes to the Continental Divide.


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Map Key

6.8

Miles

11.0

KM

Point to Point

11,936' 3,638 m

High

9,048' 2,758 m

Low

2,901' 884 m

Up

124' 38 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Campfires are not allowed. Permits required for overnight stays inside the Indian Peaks Wilderness from June 1 - September 15.

Description

From the trailhead cross the footbridge and take the Devil's Thumb Trail #902, which climbs steeply for about 0.5-miles on an old road. The shorter Devils Thumb Bypass turns right (north) in 0.8 miles, just before the second bridge and crosses open meadows to the north. In 1.5 miles, the Diamond Lake Trail #975 forks right to the north (#975 leads past Diamond Lake to connect to the Arapaho Pass Trail).

From the Diamond Lake Trail junction, it is another 0.6 miles to Jasper Lake, a very popular camping area with limited designated sites. The trail continues for a mile to Devil's Thumb Lake. Several switchbacks lead up the steep side of a ridge to reach the Continental Divide. Snow and ice can be a problem until late July.

From the top, it is 0.6 miles to the north to Devil's Thumb Pass and three miles to the King Lake Trail #901. It is not difficult to see the High Lonesome Trail below and west of the Devil's Thumb Trail. Finding the Devil's Thumb Trail from the High Lonesome Trail is challenging.

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Tom Robson

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  4.4 from 7 votes

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Photos

Leaving the Jasper Creek drainage for the Continental Divide on a sunny morning.
Aug 1, 2017 near Fraser, CO
Looking toward Devil's Thumb Peak, yeah!
Aug 25, 2015 near Fraser, CO
View from the top
Aug 23, 2019 near Fraser, CO
Almost to the divide on the Devil
May 3, 2015 near Fraser, CO
A bridge aids your passage over this section of the trail.
Apr 8, 2017 near Nederland, CO
Views to the east just prior to heading down on the Devil's Thumb Trail (taking loop clockwise)
Sep 28, 2018 near Fraser, CO

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Feb 15, 2020
JJ Folsom
Ski tour w/ Val - Beautiful day- did not get any DH turns, snow too crusty- did not go far enough, had to turn around due to calf cramp/pain 6.8mi
Sep 1, 2018
L C
Jul 31, 2018
Rebecca Falgoust
Jul 21, 2018
Lori Antone
14.3mi
Jan 1, 2018
Reed Harrington
To Jasper Lake. Snowshoed.
Oct 1, 2017
Jade Krueger
Sep 29, 2017
Teresa Bieber-Rehsi
Spectacular change of scenery! Calf deep snow near the top!!! 6mi — 5h 00m
Aug 7, 2017
Jennifer H