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High Lonesome Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

12.1 mile 19.5 kilometer point to point
87% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,854' 870 m
Descent: -1,233' -376 m
High: 12,004' 3,659 m
Low: 9,689' 2,953 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 49% (26°)

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Trail shared by Tiffanie Beal

A very rocky, rooty, and steep trail. Excellent views of alpine fields surrounded by the divide.

Tiffanie Beal

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Permits are required for overnight camping in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. Additional permits required for groups over 12 people.

Runner Notes

This trail does not follow a river so make sure to pack in all water.

Description

Part of the Continental Divide Trail, the High Lonesome Trail brings you from the Fraser Valley up to the Indian Peaks Wilderness. After the moderately difficult ascent, enjoy an easy 3-mile stretch of level terrain at the top of Devil's Thumb Pass to Corona Pass. Here you'll enjoy the views back towards Winter Park and Grand County, as well as the Front Range towns of the greater Denver metropolitan area.

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Aug 21, 2019
Michael Reschly
Lots of downed trees. 11mi — 3h 30m
Jun 24, 2017
Michael Tevebaugh
Tough incline to Devil's Thumb, excellent alpine running along the CDT after that! 12.3mi

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King Lake.
Aug 25, 2015 near Fraser, CO
A nice runnable section at high altitude
Aug 25, 2015 near Fraser, CO
Above King Lake looking east on CDT 08/07/18
Sep 28, 2018 near Fraser, CO
Above King Lake looking east 08/07/18
Sep 28, 2018 near Fraser, CO
Continental Divide Trail 08/07/18
Sep 28, 2018 near Fraser, CO
Looking west from the saddle at Devil's Thumb Pass.
Jul 26, 2016 near Fraser, CO