Abyss Trail is a 15.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bailey, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
The Abyss Lake Trail is a popular hiking trail that ends at Abyss Lake. The lake is nestled in a high glacial cirque between Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans. The elevation gain, together with the round trip distance of almost 17 miles makes this a strenuous day hike. The trail follows an old logging road about 4 miles to an intersection with the Rosalie trail. from there the trail climbs more steeply into the upper part of the valley. From an unnamed lake at timberline, the trail continues through the willows, then westerly across the tundra to the lake.
I went about 2.5 miles in to where it crosses the creek and there's a nice view. Can't wait to hike this again and go further!
Very nice out and back for hiking or snowshoeing. There is usually moose activity in the marshy area about 3 miles up so keep a look-out! Good mix of shade and sun in the Mt Evans Wilderness area.
Didn't have much time, so only went in about 2 miles to the river where there is a great view into the valley. Tall pines and aspens, with plenty of water stops. Easy to park off paved road. There are places to camp after about a mile, lots of firewood.
Spectacular aspen change colors. Blinding yellow. We went a little past the second creek crossing - very easy hike - really more of a walk. Gentle steady uphill but mostly rock free. Very wide trail. Suitable for everyone. Plenty of dogs running around. Will try it again in the winter - will be a nice snowshoe hike
Great moderate trail with amazing gold Aspens in the fall. Dogs allowed on leashes.
Awesome trail with lots of diversity. There's aspen groves, wetlands, and mountainous ridges.
We loved this hike! There was so much diversity in the trail from wooded trail to open fields with wildflowers and so many waterfalls!
BEAUTIFUL HIKE. NEAR UN-NAMED LAKE THETRAIL GETS LOST, JUST WATCH CAREFULLY FOR CAIRNS AND YOU'LL BE FINE. I WOULD HAVE GIVEN THE TRAIL 5 STARS IF IT WERENT SO BUSY. WE WENT UP ON FRIDAY SAW NO ONE, THEN SATURDAY WE SAW A FEW GROUPS THAT FOUND THERE WAY PAST THE UN-NAMED LAKE THEN ON SUNDAY ON OUR WAY BACK DOWN WE PASSED A LOT OF PEOPLE. ALL IN ALL THOUGH, GREAT HIKE WOULD DO AGAIN.
Did about half of this trail. Started on Rosalie then took the cutoff to Abyss lake and camped out there. Amazing views and wildlife. See my track on the Rosalie trail page for reference.
We hiked to the lower lake and camped just below it. This is a long mild hike in then the last third is where its tough uphill. we got a bit lost coming out so pay attention the the many forks in the trails you will reach. June hiking/camping was amazing.
Beautiful trail. Six water crossovers. River always close by.