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Address: Forest Road 105, Leadville, CO
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"Easy" hike at elevation

We were traveling from Aspen to Denver AP via Independence Pass and looking for a hike to fill 3 hours of a beautiful fall afternoon. Were it not for other TA reviews, we might... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

We were traveling from Aspen to Denver AP via Independence Pass and looking for a hike to fill 3 hours of a beautiful fall afternoon. Were it not for other TA reviews, we might have missed this opportunity for awesome views, cool history, and just enough challenge to feel fulfilled. The hardest part was not giving up before we reached... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Unlike the other reviewers who reviewed the Hagerman Tunnel from the east or Arkansas Drainage side, I will review from the west or Colorado Basin side. You can drive all the way to the west portal, provided you have a high 4WD vehicle. Just keep going past the trail to the east portal, go through Hagerman Pass, come back down... More 

Oceanside, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Getting to the Hagerman Tunnel can be a fun, interesting, and not too strenuous hike by following the old RR bed from the Hagerman Pass Road. The Road is the old RR bed until perhaps a little over a mile above and east of the Busk-Ivanhoe Water Diversion Tunnel and the Windsor Lake TH. From the interpretive sign and large... More 

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Stowe, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

this is a medium lenght hike with some elevation change, but most of it is not steep. the scenary is amazing, the old town ruins intersting, and the tunnel itself is amazing with the permanent ice in it. have some directions or a trail map before you take off on this trail.

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Des Moines, IA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

A few years ago we unsuccessfully tried to find this from the Windsor Lake Trail. We then used a trail guide that started at the higher turn out and gave a good historical description of everything. You could just follow the track bed, but some correct shortcuts save time and let you see more. After the tunnel, continue north to... More 

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Leadville, CO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

This is a beautiful hike going up an old 6% train grade. It takes you through the old town of Douglass, where the ladies of the evening were too rough to work in the nearby Mining town of Leadville. I would say an easy hike (harder on the way up than down) at almost 12,000'. But... be prepared... start the... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

There are two simple ways to get to the old Douglass City ghost town that once housed railroad workers, one by heading up the Windsor Lake Trail off Hagerman Pass Road at the point where the road begins to climb (but be sure to get some directions, since that route leaves the Windsor Lake Trail early on and is not... More 

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Dillon, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

It's a nice summer hike with a lot of wild flowers. The tunnel entrance is visible with ice inside, even in summer.

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