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Hahns Peak Lake Area

Park Range Area, Colorado

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  • Hahns Peak Lake recreation sign.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Parking area with Hahns Peak in the background.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Trail use sign buried in the snow.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Taking off from the parking area.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Headed right.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Multiple tracks to choose from.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Looking back at Hahns Peak.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Headed into the woods.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Coming out of the woods.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Bunny tracks in the snow.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Following the tracks through the snow.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Tracks in the snow.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • A closer look at Hahns Peak.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Snowshoeing in the sunshine.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Finding the path less traveled.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Breaking trail through the aspens.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • A small peak to climb along the way.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • The route proceeds across the open hillside.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Almost to the top of the small peak.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Red crossbill (Loxia Curvirostra).- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • View from above Hahns Peak Lake.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Looking back toward Steamboat Lake State Park.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Incoming tracks are visible from across the hillside.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • The road back to the parking area sits just below the small peak.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • Following the road back to the parking area.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
  • The road back to the parking area.- Hahns Peak Lake Area
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Solitude. Lots of trail options.
Cons: 
Windy.
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Region:
Park Range Area, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
300.00 ft (91.44 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.50 mi (5.63 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,474.00 ft (2,582.88 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The trailhead for Hahns Peak and the other Hahns Peak Lake area trails can be found just a few minutes north of the Steamboat Lake Recreation area outside of Clark. This is a popular area for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and backcountry skiing or snowboarding, but it shouldn't be over looked during Colorado's other prime seasons as it provides great summer and fall recreation options as well.

Hahns Peak, a now extinct volcano, is the mountain with the old lookout structure at its very tip. It was named after Joseph Hahns, a German immigrant who found traces of gold in a nearby creek in 1862. This area boomed in the 1860s during Colorado's gold and silver rush, but it became a ghost town along with many of Colorado's early mining towns. A museum and several historic buildings are accessible below Hahns Peak and just across from the Steamboat Lake State Park for those looking to further educate themselves on the rich history of the area. 

From the parking area for the trailhead the trail can be taken to the left, the right, or across the road to find the Hahns Peak Trail. Taking the path to the right leads into an open valley area where multiple tracks can be followed or blazed. Taking the trail to the left from the parking area follows the more predominant road track toward Hans Peak Lake. The options are really boundless in this area, and the freedom to explore won't be disappointing.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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