Devils Thumb Pass

OutAndBack • 8.2 mi • 1113 ft

The vistas are forever on this magnificent ridge walk along the spine of the continent. Here is a delightful, scenic ridge walk, above timberline, between two high passes on the Continental Divide Trail. The vistas are forever! Vehicles are forbidden on the trail, and dogs must be leashed in this designated Wilderness Area. The hike begins at the town site of Corona, which had a railroad station, hotel, restaurant and worker's quarters until abandoned in 1928. The route follows the legendary Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, as it winds its way along the spectacular spine of the continent between Canada and Mexico. The numbers will induce blisters on your feet just thinking about them — 3,100 miles, five states, 25 National Forests, 20 Wilderness Areas, three National Parks. Only about a dozen people undertake the full, six-month journey each year.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Winter Park
Length: 8.2 total miles
Elevation Gain: 1,113 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 88 minutes up, 90 minutes down
Season: Early July to late September
Trailhead Elevation: 11,671 feet
Top Elevation: 12,000 feet
Other Uses: Good for: wildflowers
Local Contacts: Arapaho National Forest, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
Local Maps: USGS East Portal
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Beautiful hike, so lovely I managed to leave behind my blue hat (baseball cap style) and LG Mountain Hardware waist pack! Once I noticed it was gone, I looked for it but to no avail. I think it is somewhere near the top of Devil's Thumb. I'm offering a reward! Please message me with any info.


began the hike from the Fraser side; very nice meadow early in the hike, but we turned around after 1 1/2 hours--the mosquitos got thicker the higher we went, and it began to feel like chinese torture! didn't make it to the top, sadly.

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