Bridge of Heaven via the "New" Horsethief Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,856' 871 m
Descent: -2,856' -870 m
High: 12,208' 3,721 m
Low: 9,352' 2,850 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
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“This worthy day run climbs to a lofty vantage point with panoramic views of the San Juan Mountains.”— Caroline Cordsen
As this trail travels above treeline, plan to be up and down by noon before the afternoon thunderstorms have a chance to roll in. And reaching altitudes of over 12,000 feet, altitude sickness can be a real problem on this trail.
Gaining 500 feet along the first series of switchbacks, the new trail meets with the old at the eastern terminus of the Old Horsethief Trail. Climbing from the trees onto the bald southern exposure of the mountainside, panoramic views of the Sneffels Range open up.
The next 2 miles pulls the route above treeline to find 1,500 more feet of elevation gain. The final oxygen-deprived push towards the summit ends at the 12,000 foot Bridge of Heaven.
Land Manager: USFS - San Juan National Forest Office
Jun 11, 2019: New District Ranger in Bayfield