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Devil's Thumb Trail #902

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (9)

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


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6.8

Miles

11.0

KM

82%

Runnable

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 9 votes

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Photos

Looking toward Devil's Thumb Peak, yeah!
Aug 25, 2015 near Fraser, CO
View from the top
Aug 23, 2019 near Fraser, 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
A nice view half way up to Lost Lake.
Nov 24, 2015 near Nederland, CO
Gorgeous sunset at Devil Thumb Lake 08/07/18
Sep 28, 2018 near Fraser, CO
Many stunning views on the way out of High Lonesome Trail loop (clockwise) 08/08/18
Sep 28, 2018 near Nederland, CO

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Jun 19, 2022
Trevor Edie
Very snowy, muddy, and ends with a wall of snow. Can't wait to go again! 14mi