Devil’s Thumb Backpacking Trip


“Nice set of hooters you got there!”

“I beg your pardon?”

“The owls! They’re beautiful!”

Sorry, I just love that quote from Dumb and Dumber. And kind of reminds me of hubby with his friend Pancake. Lol. :P

FullSizeRender-2About a month ago my husband and I went backpacking with the astounding Pancake and Adele (like the singer, but not actually the singer) to Devil’s Thumb up near Eldora, CO.  We started out late Friday night and only got about 1 mile into the the trail before we had to set up camp for the evening.  We found an amazing spot though that already had a nice fire pit set up and ready to go.  We got some logs sawed up and timber ready to make a fire, then huddled around enjoying the beautiful night.  We kept hearing the cracking of wood and looked out to see glowing eyes staring our way… Startled the boys headed out to scare of the animal and it turned out to be a moose.  Better than a bear or mountain lion!

FullSizeRender-3Saturday we awoke and got a slow start to our day.  We made our way up to Jasper Lake, which was a couple of miles and stopped to have our lunch.  Then proceeded to Devil’s Thumb, where the views were absolutely beautiful!

FullSizeRender FullSizeRender_1From Devil’s Thumb we had some steeper terrain we had to go up to get to the top of the Continental Divide.  This was the first time hiking where I felt like I was actually leading the group and not slowing anyone down.  It’s a rare feeling and felt nice to feel like I was the “in shape” one in the group. Lol.  Once to the top we were officially on the other side of the Continental Divide and could see into the Winter Park Ski Area.  We had ascended approximately 3,000 ft and were just over 12,000 feet.  We proceeded on a pretty flat terrain across the divide for another 3ish miles before we started climbing back down.  From here we could see King’s Lake and at this point we were ready to find another camping spot.

It was awfully windy so we needed to get lower and back in the tree line.  We got down below King’s Lake and found a nice grassy meadow next to the creek.  We had hiked about 10 miles for the day and were ready to settle down for the night.  Had another wonderful night by the fire with good friends and enjoyed some jet boiled food.  And maybe a little boxed wine.  Okay, maybe not a little maybe a lot of boxed wine.  No sense in making someone carry it out though, right?  :D

Next morning, woke up and hiked the remaining 4ish miles out.  Then drove to the nearest cafe for some fresh grub and beers.  Overall, I would highly recommend this loop for a shorter backpacking trip!  It had amazing views and great spots for camping.

FullSizeRender_2Devil’s Thumb Loop – 14.75 miles (elevation 9,009′ – 12,105′) +3,096′ net elevation gain (+3,376′ total roundtrip elevation gain)


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