Abyss Trail

MODERATE 73 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 and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3221 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

snow

washed out

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 month 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.

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2 months ago

Great trail with beautiful aspen groves!

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3 months 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.

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3 months ago

Hiked solo on 9/2/17. This is a great hike, but does require quite a bit of off trail hiking and basic route finding. FYI that the trailhead directions posted here are not correct. You could reach Geneva Mt. from the Abyss Lake trail, but it require significantly more elevation, distance and bushwacking that these stats reflect. The more straightforward route is from Guanella Pass summit adjacent to the Bierstadt trailhead. The following intel is much more helpful that what AllTrails has for this hike:
http://coloradoascents.blogspot.com/2013/07/geneva-mountain.html
http://www.gohikecolorado.com/geneva-knob.html
http://www.summitpost.org/geneva-mountain/853292

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3 months ago

the directions on here take you to burning bear camp ground... this is not the trailhead. the trailhead is just past or right before the campground as is the TH for Abyss lake. I don't want others to go on a goose chase like I did today. will have to come back and actually hike.

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4 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.

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5 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.