Abyss Trail

MODERATE 69 reviews
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Abyss Trail is a 15.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bailey, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3474 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

lake

wild flowers

The Abyss Lake Trail is a popular hiking trail that ends at Abyss Lake. The lake is nestled in a high glacial cirque between Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans. The elevation gain, together with the round trip distance of almost 17 miles makes this a strenuous day hike. The trail follows an old logging road about 4 miles to an intersection with the Rosalie trail. from there the trail climbs more steeply into the upper part of the valley. From an unnamed lake at timberline, the trail continues through the willows, then westerly across the tundra to the lake.

1 day ago

Did the trail on October 4th. Nice hike, plenty of gorgeous views. Over one foot of snow at the top. Wet & mucky coming down.

hiking
10 days ago

13 days ago

Did the trail on October 4th. Nice hike, plenty of gorgeous views. Over one foot of snow at the top. Wet & mucky coming down.

13 days ago

Did the trail on October 4th. Nice hike, plenty of gorgeous views. Over one foot of snow at the top. Wet & mucky coming down.

hiking
24 days ago

Great trail with beautiful aspen groves!

hiking
25 days ago

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29 days ago

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Hard to get past stream after the small lake. Don't literally follow map as it can entangle you in deep bushes, use it for general guidance. Keep extra pair of socks if you get wet crossing the stream.

backpacking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

The trail was beautiful. Once you get past the tree line, the trail becomes hard to follow. It also becomes more difficult with every mile. After the abyss/Rosaline split, the rapid increase in elevation slowed us down quite a bit. I'd definitely recommend checking the forecast because if it rains after about the 10th mile, you have no natural cover and you could be in a bad situation fast.

hiking
2 months ago

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3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This has become one of my favorites. You can get pass Helms lake with determination and pick the trail back up. And it was so worth it Abyss lake was incredible and I didn't see anyone.

hiking
3 months ago

I made it but not without some work and almost turned back twice. Probably only for experienced hikers right now. Trail tough to find in a couple spots, a stream is the trail in a couple places, felt like I was bushwhacking in some spots. I would recommend gps for sure right now. Minor snow passable without spikes. Awesome views and lake but it was a fight to get there.

backpacking
3 months ago