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°)
Popular runs nearby
6.8 mi 10.9 km • Out and Back • 1,806 ft Ascent 550.55 m Ascent
3.1 mi 5.0 km • Loop • 1,813 ft Ascent 552.53 m Ascent
6.5 mi 10.5 km • Out and Back • 2,847 ft Ascent 867.63 m Ascent
Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre
16.4 mi 26.4 km • Loop • 5,569 ft Ascent 1697.32 m Ascent
Bridal Veil Falls
4.3 mi 6.8 km • Loop • 1,320 ft Ascent 402.21 m Ascent
Bear Creek Falls
4.7 mi 7.5 km • Loop • 1,076 ft Ascent 328.04 m Ascent
Navigate on-trail with our free app
“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.
Run this trail?
We need help with the following missing trail information:
Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow runners know what's here.
Land Manager: USFS - San Juan National Forest Office