Hermit Pass

4.5/5 (12 reviews)
Hermit Pass is one of the few trails allowing you to drive a vehicle above 13,000' in elevation.  Originally built as a mining exploration route and a connection between the Westcliffe Valley and the San Louis Valley, the road now primarily serves the recreation community.  The route takes... Read More
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Highlights of Hermit Pass

Altitude Category Icon Altitude
Forest Category Icon Forest
Rock Category Icon Rock
Scenic Category Icon Scenic
Highest Elevation
13063 ft
Shape of Trail
Out & Back
Typically Open
06/20 - 10/31
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
160
Nearest Town
Westcliffe
Nearest Services
Westcliffe
Management Agency
San Isabel National Forest
District
San Carlos

Overview

Hermit Pass is one of the few trails allowing you to drive a vehicle above 13,000' in elevation.  Originally built as a mining exploration route and a connection between the Westcliffe Valley and the San Louis Valley, the road now primarily serves the recreation community.  The route takes you through lower-elevation forests and aspen groves, past high-alpine lakes, and culminates with panoramic views both east and west framing the vast valleys below.  The road does not offer much in the form of a technical challenge, but the scenery is well worth the trip!  Hermit Pass should be part of your trail plans if you are in the Westcliffe area.

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