Abyss Lake

HARD 13 reviews
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Abyss Lake is a 23.3 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
23.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6,105 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

1 month ago

Parked off of mt Evans road and backpacked down to the lake - probably 3.5 or 4 miles? The route is not standard, but it is part of the “tour de Abyss”. Camped at the lake and hiked back out. Grueling, but much shorter than 23 miles RT.

backpacking
2 months ago

Very beautiful! Camped two nights and explored the areas surrounding. Rosalie trail was not marked well on the map but if you keep to the trail you will be alright. It is a bit longer I think. Overall, it was amazing. It was really dry up there so fill up on water every chance you get.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this the second week of June. It is a beautiful trail but very steep incline on the Rosalie trail with quick elevation gain.

2 months ago

wow. absolutely amazing. it's a fairly long hike to get up above the treeline, but none of it is technical. I didn't make it all the way to Abyss Lake, but it was very much worth it. absolutely incredible views.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful winter hike. Trail was packed snow for the first five miles and snow shoes were not needed until after the third stream crossing. I stopped at that point even though I had brought snow shoes with me. Extremely quiet. No one else on the trail for the 4 hours I was hiking.

11 months 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 months ago

Great, challenging trail, great views.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

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.

backpacking
1 month ago

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hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017