Devils Thumb Pass

Estes Park, Colorado

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The Devils Thumb rises from the east side of the Continental Divide above Devils Thumb Lake. Two glaciers carved the Devils Thumb column from the Continental Divide. Winds prevailing from the west carried ice-age snow to dump in the shelter on the east side of the Divide. After it accumulates approximately 250 feet thick, the ice began to flow, carrying away rock frozen in the ice. The rock remaining between these two glaciers is Devils Thumb. Had wind direction permitted another glacier to form on a third side of the column to cut a third wall, Devils Thumb would be what climbers call a horn.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

The Devils Thumb rises from the east side of the Continental Divide above Devils Thumb Lake. Two glaciers carved the Devils Thumb column from the Continental Divide. Winds prevailing from the west carried ice-age snow to dump in the shelter on the east side of the Divide.

After it accumulates approximately 250 feet thick, the ice began to flow, carrying away rock frozen in the ice. The rock remaining between these two glaciers is Devils Thumb. Had wind direction permitted another glacier to form on a third side of the column to cut a third wall, Devils Thumb would be what climbers call a horn.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 9.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Sulphur Ranger District, PO Box 10, 9 Ten Mile Dr., Granby CO 80448; (970) 887-4100; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS East Portal
Driving Directions: Directions to Devils Thumb Pass

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