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Hahn's Peak Lookout

Park Range Area, Colorado

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  • View of the Hahn's Peak summit from the start of the trail.- Hahn's Peak Lookout
  • Vistas open up to wide, flat views.- Hahn's Peak Lookout
  • Even in summer, snow still lies on the mountain.- Hahn's Peak Lookout
  • Hahn's Peak Fire Tower.- Hahn's Peak Lookout
  • A peek inside the fire lookout.- Hahn's Peak Lookout
  • Enjoy a rest once you've made it up!- Hahn's Peak Lookout
  • - Hahn's Peak Lookout
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Multi-season access. Historic landmark.
Cons: 
Long drive to trailhead. Trailhead can be difficult to find.
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Region:
Park Range Area, CO
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,639.00 ft (499.57 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.40 mi (5.47 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
9,200.00 ft (2,804.16 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This beautiful summit hike begins 30 miles northwest of Steamboat Springs in the Elkhead Mountains. Hahn’s Peak towers prominently above the surrounding landscape with it’s almost perfectly conical shape, evidence that this peak was once an active volcano. Your ultimate destination and incentive for this hike is a fire lookout tower from 1912 that still tops off the summit.

The trail begins by winding through a cool shaded forest of evergreens. As you gain elevation, the trail opens up to vistas overlooking the surrounding mountains and lakes. About halfway, aspens enter the terrain, so look out for the occasional bear claw and other cool markings on these white trees. Finally you reach the saddle just before Hahn’s Peak summit, and the trail turns to a sharp 35 degree angle and begins a very rocky ascent (you’ll want ankle supporting hiking boots for this). Along the ascent you’ll pass remains of gold mines now 100 years old. Finally you'll arrive at the summit, offering incredible 360-degree views spanning from the ski-slope covered Mount Werner to the Colorado Flattops, the Mount Zerkel Wilderness, and even to the wide open plains of Wyoming. It’s impossible not to take several pictures of this amazing scenery as well as the wooden lookout. The return trip to the trailhead is quick, and you will undoubtedly go home with fantastic photos as well as admiration for these mountains.

If you’re willing to weather a bit of snow, you can also try this hike in winter! Snowshoers and cross-country skiers frequent this trail enough to make it a feasible and well marked winter day hike. If you’re a total snow junkie (and are avalanche aware), bring your downhill skis to the top and crush the powder down!

Note: Trailhead/parking area can be difficult to find--stop in at nearby Steamboat Lake State Park for information on finding trailhead.

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