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Hankins Pass Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,200 Feet (2556.1 Meters) Goose Creek Trailhead
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,800 Feet (561.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,240 Feet (2880.3 Meters) junction with Lizard Rock Trail
Handicapped Accessible: No
High Point: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters) Hankins Pass
Length, One-way: 5 Miles (8.33 Kilometers) 8K
Other Maps: Pike National Forest, Trails Illustrated 105
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 630

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General Description

The Hankins Pass Trail begins at Goose Creek Trailhead and ends at its intersection with the Brookside McCurdy Trail. It is located in the southern section of the Lost Creek Wilderness and provides access with many trails allowing opportunities for loop hikes. This trail offers views of active beaver ponds and access to granite crag formations. The trail is steep in parts with many switchbacks.

Directions from Highway 126: Drive toward the Molly Gulch Campground located approximately 11 miles southwest of the small town of Deckers. Visitors can reach this campground by taking Highway 126 to Forest Developed Road 211. Continue driving on 211 past Cheesman Lake until you reach the campground on the left (east). Continue past the Molly Gulch Campground and Goose Creek Campground, which is approximately 1.5 miles past Molly Gulch on FDR 211, to a T road. This will be Forest Road 558. Turn right on 558 and travel approximately 1.5 miles to the Goose Creek Trailhead.

Directions from Lake George: Travel 1.2 miles northwest on US Highway 24, then turn right on County Hwy 77 and travel 13.4 miles northwest to the trailhead and Twin Eagles Campground. This access to Hankins Pass requires hiking approximately 2 miles on the Brookside McCurdy Trail to a fork. At this fork turn right. You'll reach another fork in the trail before you've hiked a mile turn left here. This is the Hankins Pass Trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late May through October .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Time of Day: 9:00 aa.m.
Length of Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: These trails are not marked. Not sure if we were on the right trail or not. Great views of the Kenosha pass Mountains. Hugh quartz area. Find an up to date good topo map to make sure of the trails. Lots of trails in this area and only the lizard rock and McCurdy trails are marked 1 time where they intersect.
Conditions: Once on the trail up, its a steady climb with what seems to be no end in sight. The first part of the hike is hot and open to the sun. We came from the Terryall side. We did not go over the pass. Figured we were within 1/2 to 1 mile from the pass.
Water Availability: Take lots of water as it is uphill all the way with no water on the upside of the trail.
Recommended Clothing: in and out of sun and deep forest. bring a layer or two.
Suggested Accessories: A hiking stick would have been nice on the way down.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Dispersed Camping Hankins Pass Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Hankins Pass Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Hankins Pass Trail
ICON Animal Identification Hankins Pass Trail
ICON Bird Identification Hankins Pass Trail
ICON Mushroom Identification Hankins Pass Trail
ICON Plant Identification Hankins Pass Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Hankins Pass Trail
ICON General Information Goose Creek Trailhead
ICON Viewing Scenery Hankins Pass Trail
ICON Viewing Wildlife Hankins Pass Trail

Related Activities
Brookside-McCurdy Trail - The Brookside-McCurdy Trail leads through the length of the Lost Creek Wilderness. It intersects with 5 different trails providing the opportunity for several loop hikes.

Goose Creek Campground - Goose Creek Campground consists of ten individual campsites with a table, fire ring and parking spur. Recreational opportunities from this site include hiking, horseback riding and fishing.

Goose Creek Trail - This very popular trail provides access to the southeast portion of the Lost Creek Wilderness Area. The Goose Creek Trail offers primitive camping, good fishing and great vistas.

Twin Eagles Picnic Ground - Twin Eagles Campground is located approximately 15 miles northwest of the small town of Lake George, Colorado. Fishing, hiking, biking and horseback riding are accessible from this site.

Twin Eagles Trailhead - Twin Eagles Picnic Ground and trailhead is located approximately 15 miles northwest of the small town of Lake George, Colorado. Fishing, hiking, biking and horseback riding are accessible from this site.

More Information

Visitor Information:

South Park Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, P.O. Box 219 , Fairplay, CO, 80440, Phone: 719-836-2031


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