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High Lonesome Trail

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 3.7 (7)

A very rocky, rooty, and steep trail. Excellent views of alpine fields surrounded by the divide.


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Map Key

6.5

Miles

10.4

KM

Singletrack

10,432' 3,180 m

High

9,585' 2,922 m

Low

890' 271 m

Up

395' 120 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

High Lonesome is part of the Continental Divide Trail and is on public land.

Description

Parking at the Devil's Thumb Trailhead off CR 128, follow the signs towards Devil's Thumb. The first intersection you'll come to (shortly after the first big alpine field) will be the Continental Divide Trail (CTD). Take a left, and keep following the little markers for the CTD. The trail is very well worn, so this shouldn't be a problem. However, this is where the trail starts getting steep in sections and the rocks/roots make their appearance.

You'll continue on the CTD until you reach the Columbine Lake Trail, where you'll take a left and quickly come upon the Junco Lake Trailhead/Parking Lot. From here, you can continue down to Meadow Creek Reservoir, or turn around for a mostly downhill ride back!

Contacts

Shared By:

Jeff Ruhle with improvements by Richard Hackett and 3 others

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 7 votes

#1

in Tabernash

#10498

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  3.7 from 7 votes
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in Tabernash

#1,081

in Colorado

#10,498

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Great view of Mt. Neva, right, from one of the upper meadows on High Lonesome.
Jul 16, 2019 near Fraser, CO
Nice boardwalk across a meadow on High Lonesome trail.
Jul 16, 2019 near Fraser, CO
Enjoying a mellow section along the trail.
Aug 9, 2018 near Fraser, CO
A steep but rideable climb at about the halfway point riding northbound on High Lonesome trail.
Jul 16, 2019 near Fraser, CO
The rocks and roots are worth it for the views!
Aug 10, 2020 near Fraser, CO
Rock gardens aplenty.
Aug 9, 2018 near Fraser, CO

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Sep 13, 2019
Atsuko Ohtake
Sep 9, 2018
Patrick Burns
Not progressive, not flowy. Technical and slow as all hell. And a great place to remember why you started playing in the mountains.
Jul 14, 2018
Connor McLaughlin
many trees down but very fun.
Aug 17, 2017
burnindaylight Davis
Sep 19, 2015
Gee Toe