Attractions and Considerations:
Views of Hahn's Peak's 10,839 foot summit Distance (miles) make a drive to the Steamboat Lake area rewarding. The summit is an easier hike than it would first appear. You'll be treated to spectacular 360 degree views of the Routt National Forest and the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, as well as north all the way into Wyoming. The user can also explore boulder fields for rock crystals and discover a great variety of wildflowers and berries, as well. Please respect the trail. It actually is private property open only to foot travel.
Narrative: You will notice that the trail is an old jeep trail. Once the user has begun the hike, the trail will shortly split; one trail heading left and downward, the other to the right (straight) and elevating. Turn right at this junction. After traveling a short distance, on the right a hiking trail veers
off of the jeep road. This is the 1158 trail that will take the user to the top of Hahns Peak. Once through the forested area, the trail consists of loose rock, volcanic rock. Be careful not to slip or send rocks tumbling downhill! At the peak, an old fire lookout tower sits having been constructed in 1912 and
reconstructed in 1942. It has not officially been used since the 1950's and it is listed on the Colorado Inventory of Historical Places.
Directions: From Steamboat Springs, ACCESS #1: Go west on US Hwy 40 to County Road 129. Drive north, 29 miles to the old settlement of Columbine. With the General Store on your left, turn right onto the dirt jeep road, FDR 490. At this point, private property needs to be respected. Drive 1.8 miles down FDR 490 and it will fork, turn left. After 0.2 miles it forks again, again turn left and park.
Elevation: 9,369 feet
Ending Elevation: 10,839 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,470 feet
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