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blueBlack Devil's Thumb Trail #902

Trail

6.8 mile 11.0 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,901' 884 m
Descent: -124' -38 m
High: 11,936' 3,638 m
Low: 9,048' 2,758 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

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

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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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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
Jun 25, 2017
Chris Hume
great Define Trail with good variation between moderate and mild grade. 4.9mi

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  4.6 from 5 votes

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#316

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#4,462

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