Snowshoe Devils Thumb Lake (Hessie TH)

Indian Peak Wilderness / Hessie Trailhead

DISTANCE: 13 MILES RT (Includes additional 2 miles for road closure)

SKILL LEVEL: MODERATE TO STRENUOUS (This is not a hike for beginners)

ELEVATION CHANGE: 9,009' - 11,138'

ELEVATION GAIN: +2,129' net elevation gain

ALL MEMBERS MUST JOIN THE WAIT LIST TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS HIKE... Members will be added based on my own and/or the groups past hiking experience with members and other factors. RSVP and no-show history will be considered as well. If you do not make it on the attending list for this hike, we will see you on the next one! :)

CARPOOLING: 7:00 is the Carpool time, NOT the Trailhead time!!

For those interested in carpooling from Denver, I suggest meeting at the Wooly Mammoth Park-n-Ride (Section BB, across from Conoco) in Morrison at 6:50 and leaving no later than 7:00. I will not be at the carpool location, but will meet attendees at the trailhead.  We will leave the trailhead by 8:15.


GETTING THERE:

From Nederland, head south on Colorado Highway 119 for a half-mile. Turn west onto County Road 130, signed for Eldora. Follow the paved road through the valley to the Town of Eldora, where the pavement ends. Continue beyond the end of the pavement for 0.75 miles to the fork in the road. The left fork goes to Hessie Trailhead.

Boulder County Transportation Department plows County Road 130 to the end of the pavement at the west end of the Town of Eldora. Consequently, most winter parking is adjacent to the road. Respect private property and do not block driveways or traffic. One mile of snow-packed road beyond the snow closure takes skiers and snowshoers to Hessie Trailhead.

TRAIL RESTRICTIONS:

Dogs must be leashed at all times on this trail (no exceptions).

Group size limited to 12 persons

TRAIL DESCRIPTION:

This trail is among the most popular trails in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. It extends from Hessie Trailhead for 6.5 miles to the Continental Divide. Along the way, it passes Jasper Lake and Devils Thumb Lake.  Devils Thumb Lake is located 5.45 miles from the Hessie Trailhead in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. It lies at treeline in the northwest corner of an idyllic alpine valley below the Divide and eponymous Devils Thumb spire.

The lake's east shore is shrouded by krummholz, but open along its south and west shores. Visitors will enjoy serene forests, rich meadows, and climactic alpine landscapes on the hike to Devils Thumb Lake

EXTRAS:

Bring snacks, water, sunscreen, extra layers, toe & hand warmers recommended, snowshoes/traction devices and hiking poles. Protective eyewear in case of extreme wind exposure and blowing snow and a full face mask are highly recommended. Also bring extra water, and plan for what to do in case your Camel Back Water Tube freezes up. Bottled waters will freeze solid as well..  Be prepared for any weather conditions!!

By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear you will require.

APRES-HIKE:

To Be Determined

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  • Sarah M.

    Hey can someone tell Matt h I have his phone? I don't have his info. He can contact me at[masked]

    April 14, 2013

    • Matt H.

      Well you coulda told me that before I went back out to the trail! It snowed 2 ft last night, I thought I was effed! Thanks for finding it! I'll find a phone to call you soon.

      April 14, 2013

    • Krista

      Sucks to hear you went back out there, but glad to know you still have a phone!!

      April 14, 2013

  • Matt H.

    Well everyone, it seems I have lost my phone. I checked every inch of my bag and pants twice. Hopefully it is in Sarah's car, but I am guessing it fell out of my bag on the hike. I transferred it from my pocket to my bag on the way back at that giant hill side we climbed earlier, so I could sled down it. Did not check for it again until inside the car. Does anybody remember seeing anything? I have a lifeproof case, so it may still be alive tomorrow. So, I am going back out there in the morning.

    April 13, 2013

    • Krista

      Oh No!! Sorry...that totally sucks! I didn't see anything and sure hope you find it!

      April 13, 2013

    • Sarah M.

      Crap. Sorry to hear that. After I have my coffee, I will give the car another look. Fingers crossed.

      April 14, 2013

  • Jen

    Negative Matt, haven't seen your phone. : (

    April 13, 2013

  • Peter

    Crap sorry I meant to cancel thanks though

    April 13, 2013

  • Richard B.

    Pete, we waited till 7.

    April 13, 2013

  • Anne

    Up all night with sick pup.

    April 13, 2013

  • Karen M.

    I need to cancel due to renter problems in Laramie. See you next time.

    April 12, 2013

  • Matt W.

    Hi All. Do we have a headcount for who will be at the Wooly Mammoth Park N Ride? I will be there, unless there is anyone leaving from the Lakewood area. I do not have a car.

    Also, the only Wooly Mammoth Park N Ride I can find online is in Golden, not Morrison. But I'm new in town. What am I missing?

    Thanks

    April 10, 2013

    • Rob

      Technically it is in Golden, but right at the border to Morrison

      April 11, 2013

    • Matt W.

      Thanks guys. I found it. See you there at 6:50 tomorrow morning

      April 12, 2013

  • Steven S.

    Still not feeling well enough, and doubt I will be tomorrow :( Have fun!

    April 12, 2013

  • Richard B.

    I'll be at Wooly Mammoth in Morrison.

    April 10, 2013

    • Matt H.

      I will be there too

      April 11, 2013

  • Dahlia

    I am going to a concert that night and not sure if I can get back in time from the flight. If it changes I will update my status. Have fun!

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was so looking forward to this one. I have another event. have fun everyone.

    April 1, 2013

  • Sarah M.

    Hi! I'm new to the group, but I've hiked lots with Jen if you need a reference.

    March 24, 2013

  • Kristen

    Hope you all have fun- brad and I won't be able to make it then. Looking forward to the next trip!

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Krista

      Wish the new date had worked for everyone...hope to see you both on another hike soon!! :)

      March 24, 2013

  • france

    I'll be in Florida :(

    March 23, 2013

  • Steven S.

    Bummer that it didn't work out the first time, but I'll be able to make the rescheduled date!

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Lisa

    Sorry Krista, I can't go on that date. Thanks again and have a great time.

    March 23, 2013

  • Roxane D.

    Sad. I can't go. I'll be in Panama.

    March 23, 2013

  • Gretchen

    Thanks for rescheduling, I will be out of town on the 13th. Have fun!

    March 23, 2013

    • Krista

      Sorry...wish it would have worked out for tomorrow!

      March 23, 2013

  • Richard B.

    It looks like the fun factor went out on this one. With slow travel on frozen mountain roads our 13 mile hike would make for a long day. How about a resched for April 6.

    March 23, 2013

    • Krista

      Can't organize any hikes that weekend, but will reschedule and hope the date still works.. :)

      March 23, 2013

  • Krista

    Alright..I apologize for the delay, but I have decided to reschedule this hike to Saturday April 13th due to the road conditions tomorrow. Anyone not able to attend on that day, please change your rsvp's accordingly. Thanks!

    March 23, 2013

  • Gretchen

    Okay... I am officially out. Great idea, great hike, tough conditions. Hopefully later in season for sure!

    March 23, 2013

  • Roxane D.

    Hi Krista,
    I'd like to do the hike another time.

    March 23, 2013

  • Lisa

    The forecast calls for snow decreasing to 20% tonight and tomorrow. However, Boulder Canyon could be slick early in the morning. And on powder days, people drive like maniacs up the canyon, crash into the creek, and then cause traffic delays. But I am fine with whatever the group decides.

    March 23, 2013

  • Krista

    Hey everyone... I am out on the roads now headed to a hike and as much as I want to do this hike tomorrow...I am probably going to cancel this once I get home unless I get lots of feedback from people saying they dont mind braving the roads and still want to attempt this... The roads are awful right now...let me know.. I can reschedule for next Sunday if you all are interested...

    1 · March 23, 2013

    • Brad

      I'm still up for up. Havent checked the roads, but not scared :)

      1 · March 23, 2013

    • Richard B.

      I like your attitude Brad. If I had a better car I'd go with you.

      March 23, 2013

  • Gary P.

    Can't make it up

    March 23, 2013

  • Krista

    Please respond to this letting me know whether you will be meeting at the trailhead or meeting at the carpool locations... With the weather conditions I would like to know who to be expecting from where. I know Gretchen, Lisa and Jason are meeting in Boulder and Richard will be at Wooly Mammoth, so you guys don't need to respond.. Please Drive careful tomorrow morning!! We will have lots of fresh snow and probably some interesting trail finding tomorrow. :)

    March 23, 2013

  • Gretchen

    I live in Boulder-- would love to get a group to park and ride from County Building near Canyon and 9th.... meet at 7:00 leave by 7:15 to get to Hessie TH. Please let me know if you would like to carpool. Thanks :)

    1 · March 18, 2013

    • Jason

      I'm also going to be in boulder and would like to meet up with you all. I have a grey pathfinder. [masked]

      1 · March 23, 2013

    • Krista

      Gretchen...just a heads up..France cancelled, so she won't be there.

      March 23, 2013

  • Leila

    Sorry I have to pass on tis hike, Hope to join you for another one soon ;-)

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Richard B.

    I'll be meeting at Wooly Mammoth PR. I hope someone with a quality car shows up.

    March 21, 2013

  • Roxane D.

    I heard a lot about this hike. Hope I clear the waitlist.

    March 18, 2013

  • Brad

    Going to get Kris to sign up as well if you have 2 more spots open.

    March 18, 2013

    • Krista

      Definitely...look forward to hiking with you guys! :)

      March 18, 2013

  • Ivan G.

    Oh no. I just pulled my hamstring so I am going to have back out. Hope to be back soon

    March 7, 2013

  • Jason

    Anyone carpooling from loveland area?

    February 26, 2013

  • Jason

    I've been really wanting to do this one.

    1 · February 26, 2013

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