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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests > Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District

Quick Facts

Hahns Peak Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,369 Feet (2920.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,470 Feet (458.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,839 Feet (3378.7 Meters)
Length, One-way: 1.4 Miles (2.33 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Routt National Forest Map
Trail Number: 1158
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Hahns Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Hahns Peak summit
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Hahns Peak summit
Views of Hahn's Peak's 10,839 foot summit Distance (miles) make a drive to the Steamboat Lake area rewarding. The summit is an easier hike than it would first appear. You'll be treated to spectacular 360 degree views of the Routt National Forest and the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, as well as north all the way into Wyoming. The user can also explore boulder fields for rock crystals and discover a great variety of wildflowers and berries, as well. Please respect the trail. It actually is private property open only to foot travel.

NARRATIVE: You will notice that the trail is an old jeep trail. Once the user has begun the hike, the trail will shortly split; one trail heading left and downward, the other to the right (straight) and elevating. Turn right at this junction. After traveling a short distance, on the right a hiking trail veers
off of the jeep road. This is the 1158 trail that will take the user to the top of Hahns Peak. Once through the forested area, the trail consists of loose rock, volcanic rock. Be careful not to slip or send rocks tumbling downhill! At the peak, an old fire lookout tower sits having been constructed in 1912 and
reconstructed in 1942. It has not officially been used since the 1950's and it is listed on the Colorado Inventory of Historical Places.

Directions from Steamboat Springs: ACCESS #1: Go west on US Hwy 40 to County Road 129. Drive north, 29 miles to the old settlement of Columbine. With the General Store on your left, turn right onto the dirt jeep road, FDR 490. At this point, private property needs to be respected. Drive 1.8 miles down FDR 490 and it will fork, turn left. After 0.2 miles it forks again, again turn left and park.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Early June through Late October .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Mark Mower (Littleton, CO)
Time of Day: morning
Length of Time: 3hrs
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a great hike for anyone in the area. I used to work for the state park near by and climbed Hahn's peak quite often. You get unbelievable views of the surrounding wilderness along with a sense of history.
Conditions: Rocky conditions near the top.
Water Availability: Bring plenty of water.
Recommended Clothing: bring layered clothing might see rain and wind.
Suggested Accessories: The use of a hiking stick absorbs a lot of the rocky climb.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Hahns Peak Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery spectacular view from the top of Hahns Peak

Nearby Services

Gas Station: various (Private - Profit) Directions: 32 miles south to Steamboat

Nearest Hospital: Routt Memorial Hospital (Private - Profit) Directions: 32 miles south to Steamboat

Groceries: various (Private - Profit) Directions: 32 miles south to Steamboat

Nearest Pay Phone: various (Private - Profit) Directions: 32 miles south to Steamboat

Emergency: various (County) Directions: 32 miles south to Steamboat

Related Activities
Hahns Peak Lake Campground - Hahns Peak Lake Campground is located north of Steamboat Springs on Hahns Peak Lake, at an elevation of 8,500 feet.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, 925 Weiss Drive , Steamboat Springs, CO, 80487, Phone: 970-879-1870, Fax: 970-879-2147


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