Elevation: 12,100 ft
GPS: 39.978, -105.685 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: flynn on Aug 17, 2005
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

Devils Thumb, Indian Peaks Wilderness reference: Gerry Roach's Indian Peaks Guide.

Et cetera: November is probably a bad time of year to pick this climb. When you do go after it (next summer?), make sure you have a good-weather day, because you're above timberline for the entire adventure. There is absolutely no place to hide if the weather gets electric. If you pick the right day, though, you should be in for a long, beautiful excursion.

Getting There

The long, laborious way is to hike in from the Hessie trailhead west of the 'town' of Eldora. That's six miles of trail plus another mile of very steep trail and (then) bushwhacking north along the divide. This might well mandate camping at Devil's Thumb Lake with all those attendant hassles.

The lazier, beautiful, enjoyable way is to drive over Berthoud Pass and continue heading for Winter Park. When a sign presents itself on the right directing you to Rollins Pass, take that road. It's dirt, but is fine for passenger cars as it's never steep (it's the old railroad grade) and is in quite good condition. Park at the summit of the pass. We bivied there.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Devil's Thumb

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5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
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Devil's Spiral
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Devil's Spiral Variation
Trad, Alpine
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Devil's Spiral
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5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, Alpine
Devil's Spiral Variation
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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine
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