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Hartenstein Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,160 Feet (3478.8 Meters) junction with Browns Pass Trail
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 250 Feet (77.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,425 Feet (3561.4 Meters) Browns Pass
Length, One-way: .75 Miles (1.25 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 129 Buena Vista, Collegiate Peaks
Recommended Season: Fall
Trail Number: 1443
Usage: Moderate to Heavy
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

Hartenstein Lake
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Hartenstein Lake
Hartenstein Trail leads .5 miles west from Browns Pass Trail to Hartenstein Lake. This side trail is .75 miles long and serves as an easily attainable destination for a day hike. The trail intersection lies at 11,160' and is clearly marked. The views of Mt. Yale from Hartenstein Lake are wonderful.

Directions from Buena Vista: Turn west on to Cottonwood Pass (County Road 306) at the traffic light in Buena Vista. Travel about 12 miles to the Denny Creek Trailhead, which is located on the right side of the road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through October .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: John Urban
Time of Day: all day
Length of Time: 3 dyas
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: stayed only 1 nite by the lake. mosquitos ate us up. 50 swarm you if you stop. beautiful views and lots of places to hike. left early because of mosquitos.
Conditions: plaque of mosquitos
Water Availability: normal
Recommended Clothing: warm clothes, long johns at night. light clothes during the day
Suggested Accessories: no

Recreation Opportunities
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Visitor Information:

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


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