Abyss Lake

HARD 5 reviews
#65 of 128 trails in

Abyss Lake is a 23.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bailey, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
23.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6548 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

6 days ago

I did this trail 3 times. Very long but views are absolutely gorgeous! Saw a moose twice on this trail. I would do it again. Another gem in Colorado!! Never overly crowded!

backpacking
11 days ago

Great, challenging trail, great views.

hiking
1 month ago

6 months ago

Not the best terrain in March, but the stream was pleasant and bordered the trail for the most part.

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Abyss Lake is awesome. That said, it's not for novice hikers out for their first trip. From Guanella Pass Rd, the trail is only 17+ miles. 4000 ft of gain/loss and a lot of time above treeline means storms come in fast and can be severe. Few people cross your path beyond the 2 mile point, as is the case with most Colorado hikes.
If you like challenging yourself with big hikes and big scenery, this is your place.