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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Sulphur Ranger District

Quick Facts

High Lonesome Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,300 Feet (2587.3 Meters) at Southside Trail around Monarch Lake
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 1,620 Feet (505.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,920 Feet (3092.3 Meters) at Devils Thumb Park
Length: 5 Miles (8.33 Kilometers) Monarch Lake to Junco Lake
Length: 3 Miles (5.0 Kilometers) Junco Lake to Devil's Thumb Park
Other Maps: Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest Map
TI Topo Maps: #102, Indian Peaks, Gold Hill
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Monarch Lake; East Portal




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General Description

The High Lonesome Trail #9, is located to the northeast of Fraser. It leads from the Monarch Lake area to the Devil's Thumb area. It connects to the High Lonesome Trail ll, which leads south from Devil's Thumb.

Unlike other area trails, High Lonesome Trail does not follow a major stream, so water should be carried en route. The meadows at Devil's Thumb Park offer good camping spots but a clean water supply is not available. The trail leads past several historic sites such as a cabin and a mine shaft. It is an easy hike with nice views of the Continental Divide.

Directions from Granby: ACCESS #1: Travel west on Highway 40 to Highway 34. Take 34 north to County Road 6. Go east on this unpaved road to the Monarch Lake parking area. The High Lonesome Trail is 1.4 miles around the Southside Trail at Monarch Lake.

Directions from Granby: Travel southeast on Highway 40 approximately 14 miles to County Road 84. Travel northeast for 6 miles to Forest Road 129, then east 6 miles to the Junco Lake Trailhead. From here the trail leads either north toward Monarch Lake or south toward Devil's Thumb.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Accessibility depends on snow depth and weather.) .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking High Lonesome Trail
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking High Lonesome Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding High Lonesome Trail
Yes



Related Activities
Arapaho Bay Campground - Arapaho Bay Campground is located north of Granby in the Arapaho National Recreation Area. It sits on the southeast end of Lake Granby, at an elevation of 8,360 feet.

High Lonesome Trail II - The High Lonesome Trail ll is located east of Winter Park. It leads from the south end of the High Lonesome Trail at Devil's Thumb Park to Rollins Pass.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce, 78841 Hwy 40 , Winter Park, CO, 80482, Phone: 800-903-7275, Fax: 970-726-9449, www.winterpark-info.com

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