Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Abyss Lake via Tanglewood, Rosalie, and Abyss Trail

hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(28)
Pike National Forest

Abyss Lake via Tanglewood, Rosalie, and Abyss Trail is a 23.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Shawnee, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, 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.

Length 23.3 mi Elevation gain 6,105 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife
Waypoints (0)
Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (28)
Photos (370)
Recordings (15)
Completed (46)
View user's profile page
Dan Delay
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 20, 2020
HikingBlowdownOver grownSnow

Did it as an overnighter hiking in about 7 miles the first day. The trail was easy to follow until the I gained the top of the pass before dropping down into the Gomer Creek drainage, getting lost is not much of an issue though since you're stuck in the confines of the pass. It had snowed about 8 inches at Abyss Lake two days prior so the second day was slow going above 11k feet. Fun hike if you're looking to get some mileage in, but if you really just want to see the most notable parts like Abyss and Helms Lake, I would suggest hiking in from Guanella Pass. My GPS also had the mileage about 3 miles over what AllTrails reports.

View user's profile page
Eric Nordin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 19, 2020
BackpackingBugsRocky
View user's profile page
b s
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 14, 2020
HikingOver grownRocky

Awesome freaking hike. Planned it out to be an overnighter, at the end of a weekend. Sunday: Midday: Full parking lot but clearly people were mostly the left over day hikers trekking the Tanglewood trail. On start, you have the option to go left at the first split, instead of following the Rosalie. This is not the true "trail", but maybe was some kind of very old path back in the day. I went according to this map for the "there" part of "there and back". This is important, because the Self sign permit box is on the real rosalie trail, and you will skip it if you take this offshoot. The trail starts with a climb, and isn't afraid to tell you. The initial forest setting is...pristine. Trail is easy to follow for the first 4 miles. After meeting back up with the main stream/river, you'll get your first dose of camp spots. DOn't fret if you dont get the first one or two. There are several great spots for the next 3-4 miles. @4-6 miles: The trail becomes much harder to follow for a little bit. Downed trees, and in some points, the trail becomes the stream. You'll have to look a little ahead to kind of see the path winding up. Definitely felt adventurous, skipping through the water with the pup having fun along the way! Right after this, the trail opens to a valley, and you can finally get a view on where you're headed. I camped in this valley, near one of the branches of the stream in this area. This area is prime for watching moose, deer and elk...and there is plenty of their poo around to tell you. Be sure to filter all of your water folks! I slept without a bugnet (just a simple Aframe tarp) and wasn't bothered by bugs, though on 6-14-2020, the temps did get pretty low. remember you're at nearly 11,000 feet @7 miles in. The Actual hill climb to the lake is much less strenuous as the first 7 miles. but the views are awesome. The hike down was very quick. The short way back warning: if you leave this hike on that "non-trail" by taking a right on the way down, instead of keeping on the Rosalie...be warned. It is ROCKY. Pretty. But for 1-2 miles in the middle, watch your step very carefully. Its like a pointy, rocky, jagged rock slide. be sure of your footing.

View user's profile page
Colin Gallagher
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 18, 2020
Hiking

Definitely snowshoe season

View Colin's Recording
View user's profile page
Venture Allen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 13, 2019
HikingBlowdownIcyMuddyRockySnow
View user's profile page
Austin Condra
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 22, 2019
Hiking

Did a 2 night, 3 day backpacking trip from deer creek campground to abyss lake. We logged it as ~13-14 miles each way. Lots of elevation change! But beautiful views and very few people on the trail.

View user's profile page
Kelly Coffin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 10, 2019

Ended up here by mistake but quickly fell inlove. This wilderness is perfect medicine for the soul.

View user's profile page
Zach Davis
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 26, 2018

Beautiful! Completed as a longer solo day hike and found that it offered a great perspective on what are at this point familiar peaks. Only saw one other person on trail and found some great views and diverse landscapes!

View user's profile page
Samantha H
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 25, 2018

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.

View user's profile page
Jason Carusa
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 10, 2018
Backpacking

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.

View user's profile page
Brad Johnson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 6, 2018
Hiking

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

View user's profile page
Geoffrey DeSena
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 2, 2018

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.

View user's profile page
alan singer
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 24, 2018
Hiking

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.

View user's profile page
sally brown
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 13, 2017

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!

View user's profile page
Derrick Paus
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 8, 2017
Backpacking

Great, challenging trail, great views.

View user's profile page
Skip Garman
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 4, 2016
Hiking
First to Review

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.

View user's profile page
Brandon Brinton
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 5, 2020
Hiking
View Brandon's Recording
View user's profile page
Kailie Hartman
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 8, 2020
Hiking
View Kailie's Recording
View user's profile page
Nik Lyon
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 31, 2020
Hiking
View Nik's Recording
View user's profile page
Adam Marquez
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 28, 2019
Hiking
View Adam's Recording
View user's profile page
Nik Lyon
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 31, 2019
Hiking
View Nik's Recording
View user's profile page
Terry Eïchhorst
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 24, 2019
Hiking
View Terry's Recording
Showing results 1 - 22 of 28