It carries water year round and runs heavily in the early summer. It is passable by 2-wheel drive vehicles; however, high clearance is strongly recommended. The trail crosses beautiful meadows that stretch out slightly to the north.
Devil's Thumb Lake Trail is a The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and rock climbing and is best used from April until October. Its pretty sketchy with lots of knee deep snow and steep slopes. I managed alright being equipped with spikes and gaiters.
There's nothing devilish about the trip up Devil's Thumb. It's mostly a hike with a smidgen of easy scrambling and very mild exposure on a narrow path. But perhaps that's enough to deter the hordes of tourists we saw on the trail: many ended up crowding Big Beehive which shares a col with Devil's Thumb.
Where the great hiking really starts — in the high alpine. As you can see from the photos the day was hardly what I would call a disaster. The wildflowers were out and once out of the trees the views were superb.
Wildflowers, alpine meadows, small waterfalls, and cascades all beckon those who have the stamina to explore these heights in the Front Range near Denver. Explore the full Devils Thumb Lake hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more tips and details to help you enjoy this adventure in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The parking at Hessie Trailhead is limited, so be sure to take some time to review these details before departing for your hike.
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Devils Thumb Trailhead to Devils Thumb Pass is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tabernash, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Beautiful hike, it has everything!