Abyss Trail

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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
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: June-October
Busiest Season: June-September
Restrictions: The following restrictions apply to Wilderness areas:

  • Only foot & horse traffic.
  • Groups size is limited to 15 persons and/or 10 pack or saddle animals in any one party.
  • Dogs must be leashed. 
  • No camping or building fire within 100 feet of lakes, streams and forest development trails.
  • Stay on designated trail. Do not cut switchbacks.
  • Pack in; pack out.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Closest Towns: Grant is on the Guanella Pass Road approximately 5.5 miles south.
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Appears on the following maps:

  • USGS Quad Mt. Evans
  • Pike National Forest
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #104 (Idaho Springs / Georgetown / Loveland Pass)

Contact the South Platte Ranger District

Directions:

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.

General Notes:
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.

Parking:
There is a large parking area for this trailhead.

Accessibility:
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.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Horse Riding

The elevation gain, together with the round trip distance of 18 miles, makes this a strenuous day hike.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Difficult

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing
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.

Stats

  • 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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  • Trail Location
  • Trail Measurement
    8.8 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
    393307N
  • Compass Longitude
    1054017W
  • Numeric Latitude
    39.5519319
  • Numeric Longitude
    -105.6713931
  • Elevation in Feet
    9620 to 12620
  • Elevation in Meters
    2932 to 3846
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