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Stephen T.
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HikingBugsNo shadeRockyScramble

Hiked 7/11/2020. Arrived around 8:30 am, was able to park on the road close to the trailhead, but 15 minutes later and I would have needed to park much further down the road. Was on the trail a total of 11 hours 10 minutes. took a little under 4.5 hours to summit. Final summit push took just under an hour, had to take several breaks due to fatigue. Not many people around me summitted. Wasn't that windy, beautiful weather all day. Note that I had to scramble once after passing the false summit to reach the true summit. Got lost coming back down the summit, had to scramble back up loose rock to get back to the trail, though fortunately solid rock hand holds and foot holds were available. Was very fatigued, took frequent breaks coming down, and lost the trail again, a couple passed me and led the way down (had to cross a ridge that had no cairns), was easy from there. Had some nice conversations with a few people on the way back to the trailhead. Was very tired, needed frequent breaks until I approached the treeline. There is a snowfield that must be crossed, glad to have had trekking poles with snow pads for that. Lots of marmots, crows, and I think turkey vultures, and mosquitoes ate me alive. Saw a chipmunk right when I got back to the trailhead. It's hard to believe this peak isn't ranked. Casual hikers will have a hard time with it. Overall, was tough and fatiguing but a great day nonetheless.

Matthew Lovos
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HikingRocky
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Bobby Wenger
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HikingRocky

Awesome hike! I arrived at 6:30am and the upper lot was full, I parked about a quarter mile from the trailhead. When I got back to the parking lot at 11 there were some spots open. Hiking to the pass alone is all lost hikers need out of this. Beware that the top half of switchbacks down to Caribou Lake are the hardest part of the trail both going down and back up. If you are worn out at the fork between Arapahoe and Caribou Passes, it’s a great endpoint.

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Colleen Meyer
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Hiking

I did this hike on 7/10 solo at night. I got to caribou lake around 11(?). A bear and her cub snuck up on me while I was admiring the stars. It was a harmless encounter...but I just wanted to say thanks to the group of campers I came up to after scurrying away from the bear. I was a little nervous about the rest of the hike back to my car after that and seeing their headlamp shining on me as I hiked back up to the pass was so reassuring. Thank you and I’m sorry if i freaked you guys out!

Courtney Elder
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HikingGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

Fantastic hike! Beautiful views, the first 2.5 miles are covered by the forest and the rest of the hike is open. Bring sunscreen and be aware of the weather! Did not have any issues with bugs. Saw a few marmots and flocks of crows. There was a snow field about half way, trekking poles made it better to get across but spikes would have been better. When you get to the peak be aware of the fake peak when you are climbing up! Also, if you are afraid of heights (I am) it is kind of a scramble. There is an amazing view of mount longs at the peak.

Emily K.
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HikingMuddyRocky
Eric Butler
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HikingMuddySnow

Lots parking at 5:50 on a Friday. Still some snowy crossings and lots of mud, but beautiful.

Shannon Kim
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Hiking

Awesome trail. To S. Arapahoe summit I (as well as my friend) clocked 14.5 miles from Rainbow TH and 4,000 ft of gain so a Little different compare to this. Hit a snow field half way. Didn’t need spikes but was slick on the way back. Very windy all the way to the top of the peak. Beware of a false peak! Lots of wildlife and wildflowers. Very few people. Beautiful views! Worth it!

J Stads
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Great hike with fun variety! The first 2.4 miles are well shaded in the forest, and after that you're above treeline with stellar views.

Lily Proom
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Hiking

Did this trail 7/6. Absolutely beautiful. Very minimal snow, easily navigable and cross-able (I was wearing trail running shoes). A few parts of the trail were wet, but nothing too bad. I got there at 6:30 and there were only a few cars parked.

Tyler Jensen
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Hiking

Pretty hike! I thought this was harder then some of the easier 14ers. We made it to the submit and were the only ones there and then booked it down to get to the treeline due to thunder and lightning. The trail had minimal snow on it.

Rachael Berger
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Hiking

6/30-7/1. Backpacking one night trip. Clockwise. Started the trail Tuesday morning around 8am. Get there early, this trailhead fills up FAST! Camped at Devils Thumb Lake (which my Garmin InReach clocked at 10.2 miles). Hiked out Wednesday morning passing Jasper Lake and having to detour to Devils Thumb Trail (instead of the Devils Thumb Bypass Trail) because we ran out of water on the way down. Clocked the second day on my Garmin at 6.5 miles. Overall, this is a beautiful trail. Amazing views, challenging, dog friendly, highly trafficked, and so rewarding. Things I’d like to know: There is still snow. Mostly above Jasper Lake and on the two passes. It is manageable. We took spikes but didn’t use them, only poles. Snow field on pass above King Lake was about 100 yards long, mellow incline. It is possible to walk around, we chose to walk across. Devils Thumb Pass snow field was no more than 20 yards long and extremely steep. We ended up sliding down on our butts because right before sunset the snow was very icy. Snow between Devils Thumb Lake and Jasper Lake were very small patches, easy to cross. Trail does have some water crossing, runoff, and mud so be prepared for that. My “waterproof” shoes had a rip in them and it didn’t end up being too bad.

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Cassidy Callaway
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If you're looking for a less crowded (though longer) approach than the 4th of July TH, this is a great alternative. Road was easily driven in my Crosstrek, and there were a few cars up there too. I arrived around 7am and was one of 3 cars parked at the Rainbow Lakes TH (but when I returned, the lot was full and cars were lined up down the road). Great views upon exiting treeline. Had to turn around when I hit a large snowfield and didn't want to find a route around it.

Emily Macias
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RunningSnow

This loop is amazing. Ran counterclockwise on 6/27, and there is still significant snow. The most snow is between Jasper lake and devils thumb lake, and then again going up the last ridge of the pass and coming down it on the king lake side. There is also lots of snow around king lake. The trail is still fairly easy to follow, but I had the map downloaded and I referenced it a few times to find trail again. We arrived at the hessie trailhead at 7am and parking was full.

I K.
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BackpackingFloodedMuddySnow

june 27-28 clockwise loop. excellent condition and so many beautiful wildflowers! aside from minor snow walking, the only significant snow is devil's thumb and two snow fields above king lake. the first (lower) can be skipped by going up to the divide on the rocks/grass just south of the snow -- stick to rocks to minimize damage to plantlife. the upper snowfield was steep but quite doable and safe. devil's thumb: as usual there is a large cornice above a sheer cliff just south of the trail. the trail is fine -- 15 feet very steep -- but stick to the established footprints to avoid the cornice. we used spikes but others didn't. no bugs, great flowers, great time to do the trail.

Jeff Logan
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HikingMuddySnow

We started counterclockwise on 6/28 at 7:45am after taking the free shuttle from Ned High School. Nice to not have to worry about parking! Five minutes after leaving the house, we realized we should take our spikes so went back to get them. Very helpful decision! Above Devil's Thumb Lake, at the pass, there is some serious, but short, climbing through the snow. Yak-tracks really help there, and in several other places. For us, the hardest part was losing the trail due to snow cover shortly after King Lake, where we sloshed around in bogs for 30 minutes until we found some campers who helpfully told us how to cross the creek and get back on the trail. It took us about 9 hours altogether to complete the loop, but it was absolutely beautiful! Recommend taking spikes, even if you will only need them for a small portion of the trail.

Brianna Merrill
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HikingOff trailSnow

6/25/2020: This is an incredibly beautiful trail with breathtaking views, multiple lakes and ponds, and wildflowers. The change in elevation lends to a changing environment as you ascend: aspen forests to open fields to pine forests to marshy areas. Because of the snowmelt and afternoon thunderstorms there are multiple stretches of the trail that are flowing with water - usually 1-2” My waterproof boots and rain jacket served me well. There is still snow on the trail starting about 3/4 mile from Jasper Lake and continuing sporadically past that point. I was able to traverse it using trek poles and would definitely recommend them - especially if you are carrying a heavy pack. There was a section about 1/2 mile before Devils Thumb Lake where the trail was not visible and was inaccessible for hundreds of feet due to snow, so make sure you are going the correct direction! If you intend to stay overnight backpacking you can pick up a $5 day-of permit at the Ace Hardware in Nederland.

Mary Leonard
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HikingScrambleSnow

Amazing backpacking loop! We slept at Devils Thumb, you need a permit if you’re backpacking so make sure to get one, you can get one for $5 at the Ace Hardware in Ned (they’re only supposed to sell day-of permits but I have a feeling they don’t follow the rules bc we got there within 40 mins of them opening and they said almost every location was sold out already). There was no one else around Devils Thumb where we camped, it was so peaceful! Be prepared for wet feet as there is still A LOT of snow on the trail above 10k ft. We went clockwise and the snow starts around Jasper Lake, there’s quite a scramble through snow on the top of the first pass...pretty sketchy but we made it with just trail running shoes, just take it slow! Snow let’s up in between the two passes but then gets heavy again as you descend toward kings lake and doesn’t really let up until around mile 11.5. Overall amazing loop, with breathtaking views and tons of wildflowers! Unfortunately didn’t see any wildlife but did see many moose tracks as well as bear tracks, so they’re definitely out there!

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