Alpine Tunnel

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Alpine Tunnel Trail

This trail follows the railroad grade of the Denver, South Park and Pacific railroad from the historic townsite of Hancock to the caved-in east portal of the Alpine Tunnel. From the parking area, visitors can walk west along the old railroad grade to the east portal of the historic Alpine Tunnel.

This is a high-altitude trail and is usually snow-free from June until October.

Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Parking
Permit Info: Special use permits are required for all commercial activities including outfitting and guiding. For more information, contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591
Open Season: 05/20/16 – 09/05/16
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Salida Ranger District

General Notes:
Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the old railroad grade in order to protect some of the remaining railroad ties that are visible in the railbed. This trail follows the historic Denver, South Park and Pacific railroad grade.

Directions:
From Nathrop, Hwy 285, travel west on County Road 162 for about 17 miles to the junction with Forest Road 295. Turn left on to FR 295 and travel south for about 5.5 miles to the old townsite of Hancock. From the Hancock sign the road curves to the right passing the access road for Hancock Pass (FR 299). A small parking area is available and can accomodate 6-8 vehicles. From the parking area, visitors can walk west along the old railroad grade to the east portal of the historic Alpine Tunnel. From the trail’s end, at the caved-in entrance to the tunnel, the route continues up the hill for about 3/4 miles, traveling northeast and descending to the lake.

Accessibility:
This trail is not universally accessible.

Accessibility:
No universally accessible facilities are available along this trail.

Parking:
Parking is available near the Hancock townsite. A small parking area is available with space for approximately 6-8 vehicles.

Mountain Biking

Mountain bikers will enjoy the relatively short ride up the historic Alpine Tunnel Railroad grade. After leaving the parking area near Hancock, the trail travels west and winds up to a green gate. The trail begins on the other side of the gate.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy

Lake and Pond Fishing

Follow the trail to the collapsed entrance of the east portal of the Alpine Tunnel then follow the trail up the ridge and drop down into Tunnel Lake

Status: Open
Fees: No fee

Day Hiking

This trail is especially beautiful during July when the alpine wildflowers are blooming.

From the parking area, visitors can walk west along the old railroad grade to the east portal of the historic Alpine Tunnel. From the trail’s end, at the caved-in entrance to the tunnel, the route continues up the hill for about 3/4 miles, traveling northeast and descending to the lake.

Viewing Scenery

This trail follows the historic Alpine Tunnel railroad grade to the east portal of what was once the Alpine Tunnel. The views along the railroad grade are outstanding!

Safety Information

Afternoon thunderstorms can arise very quickly at high elevations. Watch for storms and get down to a lower elevation if lightning threatens.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 4 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 38°38'21.8"N
  • Compass Longitude: 106°21'42.6"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 38.6393923
  • Numeric Longitude: -106.3618241
  • Elevation in Meters: 3383 to 3634
  • Elevation in Feet: 11,100 to 11,925

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  • Trail Location
  • Trail Measurement
    4 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
    38°38'21.8"N
  • Compass Longitude
    106°21'42.6"W
  • Numeric Latitude
    38.6393923
  • Numeric Longitude
    -106.3618241
  • Elevation in Feet
    11,100 to 11,925
  • Elevation in Meters
    3383 to 3634
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