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The Abyss Lake Trail is a popular hiking trail, which terminates at Abyss Lake. The lake is nestled in a high glacial cirque between Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans. The rocky slopes surrounding the lake are home to bighorn sheep and mountain goats.
The Abyss trailhead provides access for the Abyss Trail (sometimes referred to as the Scott Gomer trail) and the Burning Bear Trail within the Mount Evans Wilderness.
|Operational Hours:||Although open year-round, access during the winter may be limited due to snow.|
|Permit Info:||The trailhead has self-issuing permits free of charge. Only one permit per group is required. No personal information is collected, but these permits help document numbers of users to maintain funding.|
|Open Season:||Open year-round|
|Restrictions:||The following restrictions apply to Wilderness areas:
|Closest Towns:||Grant is on the Guanella Pass Road approximately 5.5 miles south.|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
|Information Center:||Appears on the following maps:
Contact the South Platte Ranger District
From Denver, drive southwest on US 285 approximately 40 miles to Grant. Turn right (north) onto Park County 62 (towards Guanella Pass). The Abyss Trailhead is approximately 5.5 miles north on the Guanella Pass Road.
No camping allowed in the parking area.
Winter access: The road is plowed for the first 5 miles, meaning this trailhead is the farthest point north where the road is plowed.
There is a large parking area for this trailhead.
The Abyss Trailhead provides access for the Abyss Trail (sometimes referred to as the Scott Gomer trail) and the Burning Bear Trail within the Mount Evans Wilderness.
Day Hiking and Backpacking
The elevation gain, together with the round trip distance of 18 miles, makes this a strenuous day hike. Connects with the Rosalie Trail.
The elevation gain, together with the round trip distance of 18 miles, makes this a strenuous day hike.
The trail is not marked with signs but can be used for cross country skiing or snowshoeing.
The first 2 miles are considered easy. The next couple miles are intermediate.
- Trail Measurement: 8.8 Miles
- Compass Latitude: 393307N
- Compass Longitude: 1054017W
- Numeric Latitude: 39.5519319
- Numeric Longitude: -105.6713931
- Elevation in Meters: 2932 to 3846
- Elevation in Feet: 9620 to 12620
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