The Horsethief Trail #215 begins at the end of Forest Service Road #871 and ends at the Forest boundary where it crosses onto BLM and continues on for approximately 3 more mile following an old jeep road until it ends at Engineer Pass. The trail ascends gradually along a beautiful forested mountainside and enters an alpine area behind the Amphitheater. As the trail continues to climb it opens up to spectacular views. The distance from the trail beginning to the Bridge of Heaven is approximately 4.2 miles at an elevation of 12,368 feet. The altitude gain along this trail is approximately 3,500 feet before crossing onto the BLM and the American Flats. Approximately 3 miles of the trail travels through the Uncompahgre Wilderness where Wilderness Regulations apply.
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This is a difficult hike. Arrive fit and prepared or this could get ugly.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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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.