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Backpacking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Salida Ranger District

Quick Facts

Hancock Lake Trail #1422

Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 11,600 Feet (3616.0 Meters)
Length: 1.5 Miles (2.4 Kilometers) from Salida
Recommended Season: Summer
Road Number: U.S. 285
USGS Maps: Garfield

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General Description

The Hancock Lake Trailhead is located approximately 2.5 miles south of the Hancock Townsite. The trailhead is the terminus of the Hancock Lake Trail and lies .25 miles north of the lake. The area surrounding the trailhead is filled with reminders of the mining era, which promised wealth for this region. Visitors to this site will pass the ghost towns of Romley and Hancock on their way to the trailhead.

Directions from Nathrop: Drive west on County Road 162 14 miles; and then drive south on County Road 295 for 4.5 miles to trailhead.

Directions from Salida: From Salida take Highway 285 north to Nathrop. Turn west on County Road 162. Immediately before St. Elmo turn onto County Road 295, continue to Hancock. This is a high-clearance 4WD road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late May through September .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Trailhead Parking Hancock Lake Trailhead
ICON Backpacking Hancock Lake Trailhead
ICON Hiking & Walking Hancock Lake Trailhead
ICON Horseback Riding Hancock Lake Trailhead
ICON Mountain Biking Hancock Lake Trailhead

Related Activities
Hancock Lake Trail - Hancock Lake Trail is an old path used by miners to carry supplies by mule to the mining camps. It connects with Forest Developed Road 230 at the Middle Fork of the south Arkansas River.

Tunnel Lake Trail - The Tunnel Lake Trail leads users 5 miles over high alpine terrain. The trail never dips lower than 11,000'. Weather should be an important consideration when deciding to hike or ride this trail.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce, 406 West Rainbow Blvd. , Salida, CO, , Phone: 719-539-3591


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