Hancock Lake

4.8/5 (20 reviews)
Saint Elmo, Colorado (Chaffee County)
Last Updated: 07/03/2022
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Highlights

Alpine tundra, pristine lakes, epic fishing and high mountain valleys are just some of the rewards that await at the end of the Hancock Lake Trail. The trail begins at the old townsite of Hancock, Colorado and from there heads south into the Chalk Creek Pass Valley. You will traverse through conifer forests, willows and tundra on your way toward the parking area that sits at just over 11,600' of elevation. A short hike from the parking area brings Lower Hancock Lake into view, and a more focused hike will take you to Upper Hancock Lake that sits just a bit higher in the valley. Be sure to respect this pristine area and pack out everything you pack in.

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Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (20 reviews)
JP
500
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Camped at Iron City Campground as a base camp. First time running this trail. Ran Pomeroy Lakes the day before. Very similar trails, but I think this trail was a little easier (and shorter). Rained a lot two days before so there was water running down the middle of the trail in places, but nothing significant. Liked Hancock Lake better than Pomeroy. Fishing wasn't productive at either location, but liked it enough to do it again.
Trail Review: Hancock Lake - JP
Trail Review: Hancock Lake - JP
Marcus Trusty
Official Crew
29200
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fishing with the family. Had the lake all to ourselves.
Trail Review: Hancock Lake - Marcus Trusty
Trail Review: Hancock Lake - Marcus Trusty
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Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 06/22/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Completely dry other than an occasional trickle down the trail. Most of the lake's shoreline is boggy so be prepared to get your feet wet if fishing. Mid-week was pretty quiet - saw just 2 other vehicles (SxS).
Trail Review: Hancock Lake - Obtuse Angler
Trail Review: Hancock Lake - Obtuse Angler
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/18/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I’ve driven this trail several times and enjoy it. Pretty rocky and bumpy most of the way up, on par with the rest of Colorado. The last half is more difficult than the first half. Today was the busiest I’ve seen it and the mosquitos were out in force. Oh and lots of hikers on the road as they do the CDT trail.
Marcus Trusty
Official Crew
29200
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/02/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Today we opened the trail to the lake parking area. Still some deep snow in places but within a few days our tracks will be melted out.
Trail Review: Hancock Lake - Marcus Trusty
Trail Review: Hancock Lake - Marcus Trusty
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