Devil's Thumb Lake Trail is a 13.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Devil's Thumb Pass from the Hessie Trailhead The hike to Devil's Thumb Lake is a wonderful hike for those who are able to make the journey. Although there are other, much shorter routes to the pass, none offer the scenery that you will encounter on this particular route. It is rated as moderate due to the length of the hike and the fact that you will ascend approx. 2400 feet (add another 800ft if you choose to climb to the top of the pass). I've also rated this as a full day hike as you will definately want to take your time so you don't miss any of the wonderful sights this trail has to offer. Bring your camera, an extra battery, and several memory cards (extra film if you still use film) as there will be plenty to take pictures of.
Good hike, easy way to get there from Denver is get on hwy 40 nb, make a right turn into county road 8 and go about 30-40 mins on a mild dirt road. Parking spots are limited so get there relatively early. Trails starts out easy and then begins to get tough around 1.5 miles in. At around 2.75 miles, we had to cross a nice sized snowfield. As we started around 9am the snow was still hard, but when we were coming back down, it became soft and slushy.
The views at the top were amazing and be ready for a nice gain in elevation
The map doesn't have it where we went. From winter park we turned right on county road 8 and went about 6-7 miles, turned right on Devils thumb trailhead. Was able to make it up about 3.5 miles and the snow was too much for this family of 4. We were not prepared to get our shoes soaked in the snow. We did about a mile past into the snow but gave up when a hiker coming down said we had another 3/4 mile to tree line. Bummer because it was great until the snow. Should be better in a couple weeks.
My wife and I hiked this trail about a mile up and back. We saw 4 moose about a quarter mile from the trailhead. Really pretty, easy hike
We chose this hike thinking it was indeed "moderate" as the description states. This trail is much more advanced.
To get to the trail head, take the turn to Eldora. The street is poorly marked but there's a visable sign for Eldora.
Continue straight through the small town of Eldora. The paved road will turn to a dirt road. Follow the dirt road until you get to a junction with a wood sign for the Hessie and Fourth of July trail. Parking is limited. only park between the designated parking signs!
a 4wd road will take you closer to the trail head. for others, park and walk the trail alongside the 4wd road for about .5 mi.
the trail is rocky for a couple miles until it turns into dirt path. there were flooded trails due to the rain and runoff. very marshy and muddy in spots. wear appropriate gear. the dirt trail turns back into a very rocky climb for about 4 miles until you get to Jasper Lake. it took us about 4 hours to reach the lake and saw many waterfalls along the way.
I've snowshoed this trail several times. Great for snowshoeing . Almost alway sunny.
Nice hike with plenty of coverage. Trail starts out next to a beautiful little creek. Wear hiking boots instead of tennis shoes if you go in the fall, because there is a good bit of snow about 45 minutes in. It's an out and back hike with well kept trails. Views are great!