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Devil's Thumb Pass

Devil's Thumb Pass from the Hessie Trailhead
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 13.3 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  The hike to Devil's Thumb Pass is a wonderful hike for those who are able to make the journey. Although there are other, much shorter... more »

Tips:  As this is a rather long hike, pack plenty of water and something to eat as a snack. Hiking in late July or early August will provide... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Hessie Parking

There is limited parking at this spot, so you will need to arrive early if you don't want to walk very far. As it is, you will have a 1/2 mile hike to the trailhead from this point.

2. Hessie Trail Head

Here is where the hike "officially" begins. Depending on the time of year and how much rain has fallen, you may have to work your way around some standing water from the creek flooding. It shouldn't present any major problems and making to the trailhead is a faily easy task.

3. Jasper Creek Waterfalls

This hike, although it is 13.3 miles round trip, is one that you will want to take the time to look around. Not far into the hike you will come across a beautiful waterfall from Jasper Creek. You will need to leave the trail to get a good look at it, but it is definately worth taking the time.

4. Devil's Thumb Bypass

THe Hessie Trailhead is the starting point for many destinations. As such, several times along this hike you will come across trail junction markers. Keep to the Devils Thumb Trail and you will have no problems.

Not long after reach this point you will enter a valley that offers some wonderful views of where you are going as well as some... More

5. Woodland Trail Junction

Another marker to be aware of. Keep your eyes open at all times along this trail as you never know what you will see. We were fortunate at this point on our return trip to see not only a deer, but also a full grown bull moose. What a day!

6. Diamond Lake Junction

The trail marker was just tall enough to lean on and catch our breath. As you can see, the trail is well marked and you should have no problems finding you way. Just a reminder to take in the views along the way.

7. Jasper Lake

Jasper Lake is a great place to stop and have some lunch. Make sure you look to the far side of the lake to see the levels of waterfalls. They are indeed a sight to behold.

The water is also so clear that you will be able to see any lake trout that swim by. We were fortunate enough to see a couple of big ones.

8. Devil's Thumb Lake

Don't be fooled by the name of this lake as its not the final destination. Devil's thumb pass is a ways on ahead. However, this is another good place to stop and take in the scenery.

9. Alpine Pond

Alpine Pond is just a short walk beyond Devil's Thumb Lake and will take you to the Pass at the top of the divide. Upon until this point the ascent has been fair gradual. But if you want to continue to the pass, be prepared for a short, but steep walk. We were unable to make it all the way as we were running short on time and it looked as if an... More