Hermit Pass

5/5 (1 reviews)
Westcliffe, Colorado (Saguache County)
Last Updated: 12/04/2022

Trail Information


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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Trail Reviews

5/5 (1)
Official Crew
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/27/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Unbelievable day in the Colorado Mountains, and Hermit Pass didn't disappoint. Clear skies allowed for magnificent views from the summit and the road although long and bumpy, offered some needed trail time. The route was very busy with other vehicles, those looking to camp, and fishermen. I did see one motorcycle ignore the signage on the summit, and he rode into the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. Be sure to stop at the summit in your vehicle, the views are exceptional and there are plenty of places to hike around.

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