Devils Thumb Lake

Estes Park, Colorado

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Devils Thumb Lake is named for a sharp rock spire that dominates the slope above the lake. The Hessie Trailhead is a quarter mile along a road/creek bed that sometimes carries water and always is paved by cobbles hard on even booted feet. The worst parts are bordered by a trail that lifts hikers above this hassle. High clearance vehicles can make it all the way to the Hessie Trailhead and less-than-abundant parking. A bridge carries hikers across North Fork Middle Boulder Creek. Rather ironic signs near the bridge prohibit vehicles from splashing across the creek and also prohibit parking at a spot blocking an obvious vehicle ford.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Devils Thumb Lake is named for a sharp rock spire that dominates the slope above the lake. The Hessie Trailhead is a quarter mile along a road/creek bed that sometimes carries water and always is paved by cobbles hard on even booted feet. The worst parts are bordered by a trail that lifts hikers above this hassle.

High clearance vehicles can make it all the way to the Hessie Trailhead and less-than-abundant parking. A bridge carries hikers across North Fork Middle Boulder Creek. Rather ironic signs near the bridge prohibit vehicles from splashing across the creek and also prohibit parking at a spot blocking an obvious vehicle ford.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 10.9
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 9 hours
Season: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder CO 80301; (303) 541-2500; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Monarch Lake, East Portal, Nederland
Driving Directions: Directions to Devils Thumb Lake

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