Alpine Tunnel East

4.7/5 (10 reviews)
Buena Vista, Colorado (Chaffee County)
Last Updated: 05/10/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Situated near the famous ghost town of St. Elmo and within the San Isabel National Forest, this trail will lead you through an area with some of the most historic and beautiful country that Colorful Colorado has to offer. If turn of the century railroads, mining history, and ghost towns are what you are looking for, you will not be disappointed. You will travel through the ghost town of Romley which existed as a service town for the Mary Murphy Mine. Romley was also known as the "red town" because all it's buildings were painted red with white trim. It was originally called Murphy's Switch because of the presence of it's railroad siding. With an even more scenic setting, you come to the ghost town of Hancock, with only its log foundations still showing. Hancock served the workers who built the famous Alpine Tunnel. Its main population peak was in the 1880's and 1890's while the tunnel was being built. The train ran through Hancock carrying miners, passengers and supplies. It is said Mark Twain took the ride one time just for the experience.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

The route mostly follows the old railroad grade as it gains elevation toward the east side of the Alpine Tunnel. For the most part the dirt road is smooth and wide, passing is not an issue. There are no obstacles and the route is suitable for any stock high clearance SUV in good weather.
**A word of caution: This is a popular ATV/UTV route so check your blind curves.**

Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (10 reviews)
JP
500
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Road this trail a couple times; to Pomeroy Lakes on Friday and Hancock Lake on Saturday. Very easy trail with lots of potholes and the occasional embedded rocks which keeps your speed down and using your steering wheel. Serves as a great access route to numerous other, more difficult, trails.
Trail Review: Alpine Tunnel East - JP
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun and easy trail with most snow gone and mainly water running down the trail.
Trail Review: Alpine Tunnel East - Robbie spil
Trail Review: Alpine Tunnel East - Robbie spil
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Marcus Trusty
Official Crew
29200
Status: Partially Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Couldn’t quite get to the Hancock Townsite. Deep snow on the road.
Trail Review: Alpine Tunnel East - Marcus Trusty
Marcus Trusty
Official Crew
29200
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/01/2021

Nice fall day in the mountains. Drove this road to close the Williams Pass Gates for the season. Minimal traffic and the willows are just starting to turn yellow.
Trail Review: Alpine Tunnel East - Marcus Trusty
Marcus Trusty
Official Crew
29200
Status: Open
Visited: 05/18/2020

Full open with some snow.

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