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Abyss Lake Trail #602, CO

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Distance One Way 8.29 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,625 feet
Elevation Gain 3,044 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,345 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 19.44
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep
Sun  7:22am - 5:02pm
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The Abyss Lake Trail is a popular hiking trail, which terminates at Abyss Lake. The lake is nestled in a high glacial cirque between Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans. The rocky slopes surrounding the lake are home to bighorn sheep and mountain goats.

The Abyss trailhead provides access for the Abyss Trail (sometimes referred to as the Scott Gomer trail) and the Burning Bear Trail within the Mount Evans Wilderness.

The elevation gain, together with the round trip distance of 18 miles, makes this a strenuous day hike. Connects with the Rosalie Trail.

General Notes:
No camping allowed in the parking area.
Winter access: The road is plowed for the first 5 miles, meaning this trailhead is the farthest point north where the road is plowed.

There is a large parking area for this trailhead.

The Abyss Trailhead provides access for the Abyss Trail (sometimes referred to as the Scott Gomer trail) and the Burning Bear Trail within the Mount Evans Wilderness.


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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive

    To hike
    From Denver, drive southwest on US 285 approximately 40 miles to Grant. Turn right (north) onto Park County 62 (towards Guanella Pass). The Abyss Trailhead is approximately 5.5 miles north on the Guanella Pass Road.
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