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Date Saturday  9/25/2021
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Ascending Hike: Abyss Lake: Diff C Mt Evans Wilderness
Start Time 6:20 AM
Status Complete
Leader Gyorgy Kereszti
Member Price Free
Available Participants 6
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult C
Trail Mileage 16
Elevation Gain 3333
Driving Distance 100


Ascending Hike Series - Will be released - 8/25/2021

Covid Precautions - check latest in effect re carpools, masks and social distance between hikers -

There is a new meeting place and time: we will meet in the Twin Forks park-and-ride at 6:20.

The originally posted meeting place and time changed, so please, do not go to The Fort restaurant at 5:45 AM, nobody should be there for this trip.

Take 285 to Grant, turn right on Guanella Pass road, to trailhead for Abyss and Burning Bear.

For preparation, check out these helps for members at


For more info Contact

Gyorgy Kereszti, (preferred), 303-570-0443 for emergencies and last minute cancellation only.

Whenever you have to cancel out of a trip, it is your responsibility to do that online. I will see your cancellation. Here's how: Log in to>Members>My Membership>My trips> find this trip (all your upcoming trips are listed in date order). Click "cancel."

Please e-mail me if you cancel before the day of the trip. Send text, if you cancel in the morning of the hike.


Do not assume bad weather means the trip is canceled. We only cancel if the roads are treacherous. We just try to dress appropriately.

Please bring those of the 10 Essentials appropriate to a mountain hike:  Wear proper hiking boots, headlamp, sunglasses and sunscreen, a hat, a personal first aid kit, nutrition items, and plenty of water. Rain jacket with hood is a year-round pack item. 

Part of the trail is steep, so bring hiking poles if you use them. 

No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day.

NO Dogs or Cats, please. Look for designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar. Not sure about Kitten Hikes.

Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you before starting the hike.

Be prepared for very long hike. Bring headlight with extra batteries in case we need to come out in dark. Bring clothes for weather, esp wind as some of hike is above treeline. Depending upon weather microspikes may be beneficial.

Ascend through a dry lodgepole pine forest on the broad pack trail. The Scott Gomer Creek is out of sight to the right. Continue on the dry hillside for another mile, then parallel the creek . Look east to the barren slopes of Mount Kataka for the remnants of an old sluiceway. Views to the northwest include a 1000-ft cliff face on Geneva Mountain (elev. 12,335 ft) with beautiful stands of aspen. Watch for beaver ponds on the right. Views are spectacular north to Guanella Pass and south to Kataka Mountain (elev. 12,441 feet). Climb east up a steep, well-maintained narrower trail through mixed fir, spruce, and bristlecone. The trail reaches a ridge, then crosses over an unnamed creek from Frozen Lake. The remainder of the trail is above tree line, passing around the south flank of Mount Bierstadt. The trail winds around massive rocks, crossing the Lake Fork of Scott Gomer Creek a mile below Abyss Lake. Then it is a long hike along the east side of the glacial cirque to the lake. 



Starting this May, the Denver Member Initiatives Committee (DMIC) is pleased to offer the third annual Ascending Hikes series.  It is designed for CMC members of all ages wanting to increase (or recover) hiking speed and stamina.  The series also provides an opportunity to meet CMC veterans, make new friends, and explore more of Colorado's hiking trails.  The AH series provides everyone a supportive way to work on their day hiking skills.  

Hikes start off easy and gradually progress in length and difficulty so you're ready to tackle a new challenge by the end of summer.  We’ll even offer a couple of 14’er climbs just for AH Participants at the end of the season!
No big commitment. You can jump in or out anytime.
For questions write


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.