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Abyss Lake via Tanglewood, Rosalie, and Abyss Trail

HARD 20 reviews
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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.

Distance: 23.3 miles Elevation Gain: 6,105 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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2 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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

Sunday, August 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!

Monday, June 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.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

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.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

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

Saturday, June 02, 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.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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.

Wednesday, September 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!

Friday, September 08, 2017

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.

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.

3 months ago

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