Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
588.00 ft (179.22 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
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The Midland Centennial Trail was a railway built in 1883. It ran from Colorado Springs to Leadville and over the Hagerman Pass to Glennwood. At one point this was the highest railway in the world. This hiking trail is friendly for families and leashed dogs. There are amazing wild flowers along with a fantasic landscape. There are a few small creek crossings on this trail that can create some muddy conditions, and the trail is also rocky in some parts, so watch your step. Take your time so you are able to enjoy all the beauty that surrounds this moderate hike.

As you ascend the trail, Douglas City will be on right side. There are a couple of buildings still standing that could be one of the  saloons or brothels. Along this trail you will come across Opal Lake, which will take you to the Hagerman Tunnel and a beautiful overlook of the lake. After you have stopped to check out the Hagerman Tunnel you will meet Hagerman lake. Here you will find fishing, dispersed camping, and a great place for lunch. As you descend the trail you will come across a small and narrow canyon, and you may even see the old railroad ties. As you follow the trail out, it will loop and take you to your starting point.

As you are driving on Hagerman Pass Road (left hand turn onto gravel) the trailhead parking is the third turn on your right. This is the parking area, and the trail is directly across from it. If you miss the parking lot, the dirt road turns into Hagerman Pass. You need a four-wheel drive vehicle for this as it is very rocky and rough, and there are some off-camber areas. If off-roading is not your thing, turn around. Don't forget to bring the bug spray, because they can be a nuisance. And it is a good idea to check for fire bans in the area if you plan to overnight. Enjoy.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

No

Open from

May 30 to November 16

Pros

Near other adventures. Family friendly. Great wildflowers with fantastic landscape.

Cons

Trail can be busy. Rocky sections along with some swampy areas.

Trailhead Elevation

588.00 ft (179.22 m)

Highest point

11,000.00 ft (3,352.80 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Family friendly
Backcountry camping
Wildlife
Fishing
Cave
Wildflowers
Native artifacts
Big vistas

Typically multi-day

Yes

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Comments

The location map is not even close to the trailhead. The trail is located northwest of Leadville.
Ref: https://www.google.com/maps/dir//39.259311,-106.459299/@39.2562934,-106.5310093,12z

I've hiked to Hagerman Tunnel several times either from here or from an older trail that starts at the old Busk-Ivanhoe tunnel portal lower on the road. It is a great walk if you start at the right place!
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