June 12, 2015

Abyss Trail (lower half) - Mt. Evans Wilderness

Abyss Trail
The lower half of the Abyss Trail is a wonderful gentle climb mostly along the Scott Gomer Creek. Like many trails the higher you go the better it gets and after a couple stream crossings opens up into beautiful meadows with gorgeous views. The first stream crossing has a couple well cut and placed logs. The second crossing had no bridge at all which meant a thigh deep crossing in painfully cold icy water. And the third crossing was a fairly precarious log bridge, but after the previous icy dip, I was thankful there was anything there at all.

Between tapering and time constraints, I only got about 5 miles up where the Abyss trail crosses the Rosalie trail. Nonetheless this section is lovely and well worth the short trip up Guanella Pass.

Lovely little log bridge at the first stream crossing
Lovely little log bridge at the first stream crossing

As usual, the singletrack gets better as you get further from the trail head
As usual, the singletrack gets better as you get further from the trail head

Icy crossing this time of year with no bridge
Icy crossing this time of year with no bridge

Mt Bierstadt from the south
Mt Bierstadt from the south

A sketchy bridge is better than no bridge at all
A sketchy bridge is better than no bridge at all

Intersection with the Rosalie trail
Intersection with the Rosalie trail

big mountain meadows