|Hike Name:||Devil's Thumb Ranch|
|Directions:||From Denver International Airport
Approximate driving time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Take Pena Blvd onto I-70 W. Take exit 232 onto Hwy 40. Follow Hwy 40 for approximately 30 miles through Empire, over Berthoud Pass past Winter Park and Fraser. About 2 miles past Fraser, take a right on County Road 83. Take the right hand fork and follow it 3 miles to the Ranch.
|Total Hike Distance:||4.70 miles|
|Hike Difficulty:||Easy to Moderate|
|Hike Type:||Roundtrip, Loop Hike|
|Hike Starts/Ends:||Devil's Thumb Ranch|
|Trails Used:||Meadow, Radcliff, Double Pole and Swindler Trails|
|Backcountry Water Sources:||Streams|
|Contact Information:||Devil's Thumb Ranch
3530 County Rd 83
Tabernash, CO 80478
|Best Season:||Spring, Summer, Fall|
|Users:||Hikers, Bikers, Dogs, Horses|
|Road Conditions:||Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads|
|Hike Summary:||Devil's Thumb Ranch is a resort near Fraser, CO that has plush accommodations, restaurants, meeting rooms, and many indoor and outdoor activities - including hiking, zip lining, mountain biking and horseback riding.
During our stay, we hiked 4.7 miles behind the ranch and looped together a number of trails on this private parcel of land - including the Meadow, Radcliff, Double Pole and Swindler trails. On our hike we passed two small ponds, a number of backcountry yurts, and had excellent views of the nearby Winter Park ski resort and the Continental Divide. The ascent to 8800+ feet is worth the time to see the surrounding area.
Horseback riders and mountain bikers also use these trails - although we saw none during our hike. Hikers are asked to yield to horses if you come across them on the trail. Mountain bikers are asked to yield to hikers.
For those that want a longer or shorter option - you can combine the trails in an infinite number of ways and tailor a hike to meet your needs. You do need to be a guest at the ranch to hike on their property - or at least I believe that to be the case.