MOUNT PRINCETON HOT SPRINGS RESORT
Denny Creek Trailhead to Hartenstein Lake
Length of Hike: 6 miles RT
The trailhead and parking area start your trek at 9,880 ft. elevation. The trail leads into a beautiful mountain paradise, despite the season – wildflowers in the summer, beautiful foliage in the fall, and a great snowshoe in the winter.
Gear up! The first 2 miles of this hike follow a challenging uphill trail.
1.25 miles from trailhead you will come to a junction – stay left to continue to Denny Gulch; turning right will lead to the summit of Mt. Yale (14,200 ft.).
About .6 miles after the first junction, you will come to another – turn left to find Hartenstein Lake (11,480 ft.); staying right at this junction will lead through a beautiful meadow and ascend to Brown Pass (12,000 ft.) located on the Continental Divide.
This hike is an authentic mountain experience above timberline.
Directions to Denny Creek Trailhead:
This trail is 12 miles west of Buena Vista on CR 306. Parking lot and trailhead are on the right. (25-minute drive time from Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort)
From the resort, CR 321 will take you up the hill and intersect with CR 306 just after Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Turn left on CR 306 – you will find the parking area on the right side of the road.
10 Hiking Essentials
- Water (1.5 Liters per person per 5-6 hours)
- Snacks (Beef Jerky, nuts, power bar)
- Navigation (map and compass and/or GPS)
- Extra clothing (hat, socks, gloves)
- First aid supplies
- Light (headlamp or flashlight)
- Fire starter and matches/lighter
- CD Rom or mirror, whistle, mosquito repellant
- Emergency shelter (Biffy Bag)
12 popular trailheads in the Nathrop area with hikes for all abilities and age levels. Surrounding areas have additional options for exploring our beautiful valley.