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Devil's Thumb Lake Trail

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Devil's Thumb Lake Trail is a 13.7 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.

13.7 miles
3,284 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


nature trips


bird watching






wild flowers





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). This is a full day hike as you will definitely want to take your time so you don't miss any of the wonderful sights this trail has to offer.

6 months ago

So beautiful and worth it! Gets steep! Make sure to get a permit if you spending the night ( they sell them at ACE in Ned). Absolutely beautiful pass, dropped down to 30 at night

7 months ago

Nice hike with not too many people on a Friday in summer, but be aware that Jasper Lake (a reservoir) gets drained this time of year (like Lake Isabelle up in Brainard Lake Rec Area). We found a nearly empty lake when we arrived, but had planned on continuing to Devil's Thumb Lake anyway, which was quite nice.

The hike, while a little long, is pretty moderate throughout with a bit of rockiness in many areas, so watch your footing. It is in and out of the trees, so a good mix of sun and shade, and no issues with exposure/dropoffs.

Overall, I recorded round-trip stats of 13 mi/2,600' elevation gain from the 2WD TH to the end of Devil's Thumb Lake.

7 months ago

This hike has ton to see, moose, open meadows, snow melt streams and killer views. It ramps up in elevation from mile 2 to 3, and once you are above tree line the last mile to the top is steep but worth it. The Thumb is kind of an optical illusion, you will see what I mean when you get there.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Amazing and beautiful hike.

Recommend wearing sunscreen.

Arrived at the trail on Sat around 0900 and the main parking lot was full. If you have an off-road high clearance vehicle additional parking at the trail-head.

Attempted to do Jasper Lake, but signs posted “no fires” and it also required a permit to camp. Highly recommend going to the .gov sight for more info about this area. The lake looked very low.

Headed to Devil’s Thumb Lake which was about 1 mile away and found a few camping spots and didn’t see as many restrictions as Jasper Lake.

In mid Sep it snowed and was very cold at night, dropped at night to 23 degree’s with 94 percent humidity.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

We did this hike over two days ( camped at devils thumb lake for the night). The struggle was REAL the last mile or so carrying the extra weight with our equipment, but totally worth every agonizing step. Amazing views, gorgeous meadows full of beautiful wildflowers, and friendly people passing by. We even got lucky enough to have a moose visitor stop by our tent hahaha. Would recommend a sturdy pair of mid boots or better. If you're camping for the night, bring some warm gear. As soon as the sun goes down it's chilly. Arrive as early as possible. Nowhere to park at 9AM on the road leading up to the trailhead. You will need a 4WD vehicle to park in the lot nearest the trailhead. There is a very reliable shuttle that comes to and from Nederland every 10-15 minutes. Overall a great, challenging adventure.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

This is an easy hike with great views of continental divide.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Great trail, awesome scenery!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

June 7, 2017: need waterproof boots or hiking sandal if you don't mind the cold water, some spots of snow but mostly ankle deep water!

Monday, July 04, 2016

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

Monday, June 20, 2016

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.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

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

Monday, July 06, 2015

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.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I've snowshoed this trail several times. Great for snowshoeing . Almost alway sunny.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

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!

6 months ago

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Thursday, February 09, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Saturday, December 31, 2016

recorded Devil's Thumb Lake Trail

Monday, September 26, 2016