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Clear Creek County Colorado Hiking Trails

Abyss Lake Trail #602

Mount Evans Wilderness

Located within the Mount Evans Wilderness, the 8.8 mile Abyss Lake Trail is rated as Difficult. The Abyss Lake Trailhead is at an elevation of 9,620' while it's destination (Abyss Lake) is at 12,620'.

Abyss Lake Trail is a popular hiking trail which ends 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 elevation gain, together with the round trip distance of 18 miles makes this a strenuous day hike. The lower portion of the trail is sometimes incorrectly referred to as the "Scott Gomer Trail" because of its location along Scott Gomer Creek, named for an early logger in the valley. This trail, in combination with the Threemile and Rosalie Trails, offers some interesting extended hikes through other portions of the Mt. Evans Wilderness.

The first half of the Abyss Lake Trail heads in a northeasterly direction up the Scott Gomer Creek drainage. Shortly after the first crossing of the Scott Gomer Creek, Mt. Bierstadt will come into view ahead and on your left. After the third crossing of Scott Gomer Creek you will reach a trail junction with the Rosalie Trail. Here the Abyss Lake Trail joins the Rosalie Trail and turns to the northwest. For the next short distance you will be on both the Abyss Lake and Rosalie Trails. At the next junction, the Rosalie Trail continues up to Guanella Pass, and the Abyss Lake Trail bears right across several small streams, then begins a series of fairly steep switchbacks, bearing again in a northeasterly direction. The trail leaves the trees and enters thick willows just to the southwest of the small lake labeled as "11730" on the quad map.

After leaving the lake, you will continue up the valley through the willows until you cross the Lake Fork stream draining out of Abyss Lake. From this point the trail begins to head in a more westerly direction across the tundra. Abyss Lake Trail terminates at Abyss Lake.

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