Hancock Pass Trail

Length of Hike: 9.3 Miles

Difficulty: Moderate

The trail climbs up and over the Continental Divide, connecting East and West Alpine Tunnel Trails.  Hancock Road and Alpine Tunnel Road were built along the original railroad bed that passed through the Alpine Tunnel in the 1880’s. At the historic site of Hancock, you will find a restored depot at the Alpine Tunnel which is on the way to Hancock Pass (12,140 ft. in elevation). A side trip to Hancock Lake won’t disappoint – this lake produces 18-20-inch Cutthroat Trout.
This lake was the highlight trip of the first annual 14erfest High Lake Adventure in 2017, Buena Vista.

Directions to Hancock Pass Trail

This trail is 11.5 miles west of Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort on CR 162. Turn left on US Forest Service Road 295. Drive 5 miles to the ghost town of Hancock.

10 Hiking Essentials

  1. Water (1.5 Liters per person per 5-6 hours)
  2. Snacks (Beef Jerky, nuts, power bar)
  3. Navigation (map and compass and/or GPS)
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Extra clothing (hat, socks, gloves)
  6. First aid supplies
  7. Light (headlamp or flashlight)
  8. Fire starter and matches/lighter
  9. CD Rom or mirror, whistle, mosquito repellant
  10. Emergency shelter (Biffy Bag)



*****Please Remember*****

You are starting your adventure at roughly 8,000ft.

You are likely going to an even higher altitude – hydration is key.

Water, Water, Water!

This activity is an extreme test of a person’s physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for property loss, serious injury, and even death.  The risks include, but not limited to:  actions of other people, lack of hydration, weather, and/or other natural conditions.  Princeton Holdings, LLC DBA Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is not liable for any injury, property loss, damage, death, etc. occurring due to any activity outlined by any information sheet provided by the property.  Guests are participating in these activities on their own merit and assume all liability, with no liability to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort or its agents.


Surrounding Towns

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado is just 9 miles from Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort. This unique mountain town is located on the Arkansas River. There are many shopping opportunities along with restaurants, a brewery and a distillery. LEARN MORE

Salida, Colorado

Salida, Colorado is 21 miles from the resort. This is Colorado’s largest National Historic District. Dine on the banks of the Arkansas River and explore the many art galleries in this historic downtown. This area was named Colorado’s first Creative Arts District. LEARN MORE


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