A place once called home by mountain men, miners, explorers and trappers; Hahn's Peak is steeped in history. Hahn’s Peak, namesaked after Joseph Hahn, was a gold prospector from the mid-1800s. The roads in this area are remnants of the old mining operations. Although mining claims are still active on the mountain, you will not see much activity during your visit. Instead, the area is enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, campers and off-roaders. With thick, mature aspen tree groves filling the hillsides, you can still find “gold” on Hahn’s Peak each fall and makes for a great leaf-peeping trail. Because Hahn's Peak is the solitary, prominent volcanic peak west of the Zirkel Wilderness, the views available during your visit are splendid.
From the west edge of Steamboat Springs take County Road 129, also known as Elk River Road, north for 29.5 miles. Turn right onto US Forest Service Road #490 located across the street from the Columbine General Store. Follow USFS 490 (Royal Flush) for 1.3 miles. Hahns Peak begins on the left and is marked as US Forest Service #418.
A perfect day for a trip to Hahn's Peak. While it was very hot in the front range, the conditions at Hahn's Peak were refreshing. There were only a few hikers along the trail making their way to the top of the peak. One small tree fell across the road that needed to be removed. With only a few minutes invested, we were on our way.
Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the Trailsoffroad.com community furthers that goal as well.
A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg