Hagerman Tunnel

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Fort Collins869 contributions
Great bike ride and great history too
Sep 2019
This is a great mt. bike ride, beautiful scenery and exploring the historic tunnel and surroundings is really interesting
Written September 23, 2019
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15 contributions
Awesome Scenery, Historic Hike
Aug 2017 • Family
Great hike if you are acclimated to the altitude. Do some research elsewhere on line to get info on the hike route. There are several options of various lengths. Note that the trails are not well-marked, so make sure you have good maps and are experienced with finding a route without good markings. Having said that... don't miss the trail that passes through the remnants of Douglass City, site of the worker's camp who built the tunnel. Lots of old cabins and ruins along this section.
Written August 27, 2017
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Dave L
Colorado Springs, CO135 contributions
Excellent hike, not too strenuous!
Jul 2017 • Couples
This is an excellent hike found above and past Turquoise Lake. The gravel road to the trailhead is a bit bumpy, but most front wheel and AWD vehicles should have no problems. We were there over the long 4th of July weekend and had to watch out for dirt bikes and ATV's on the road. The hike itself is classified as "easy" by most trail books and I would say that's pretty accurate. Just be mindful that there are several water crossings and it's easy to get off the "trail" in a couple of places due to the lack of any signage. But, most of the trail follows the old railway bed so shouldn't be a problem for most folks. The scenery is beautiful at both of the lakes and highly recommend this 2-3 hike. Plenty of places along the way to enjoy a stop of a snack or lunch.
Written July 4, 2017
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denver, co187 contributions
Cool hike - poor signage
Sep 2016 • Couples
Very cool hike. Colorado Mountain College may have moved so if your directions mention that, ignore it. You basically drive past Turquoise Lake to get there. After you drive by a small trail head on the left, a BIG parking area on the right, and a VERY sharp right turn in the road, you are close. Keep going--it is the next trailhead. We found some remains of Douglas, kept going to see a lake, hiked above the lake to the left to find the tunnel, hiked above the lake to the right to find another lake. We never found the trestle. Trail has a few descriptive signs which are informative, but very few signs to keep you on the right trail.
Written September 28, 2016
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John S
Leadville, CO22 contributions
On good years the glacier is quite high!
Mar 2015 • Friends
Love hiking up to this place with my dog and checking it out in the winter on snowmobile. Such a beautiful area up near or past the tree line.
Written October 26, 2015
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Philip C
York, ME471 contributions
"Easy" hike at elevation
Sep 2015 • Couples
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 the trailhead which is about a mile above the lower tunnel. The access road follows the old railroad bed and the trail picks up the next switchback after a stroll across a beautiful Alpine Meadow. The grade is SO easy (probably tougher for the old trains) and it's a double track for most of the way. We opted to take the Douglas City cutoff on the way up (a touch of huffing and puffing at 11,500 ft.) and come down the "long" way past a pristine lake. We highly recommend this trail, particularly if you are not well acclimated to the high elevations.
Written September 30, 2015
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Robert F
Knoxville196 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
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 to the Colorado Midland Railroad grade, turn left ( you will probably have to drive a few yards down the grade to find a place to turn around). Proceed past Ivanhoe Lake and continue up the sweeping curve that is the railroad grade to the tunnel entrance. Keep in mind that there were two railroad tunnels: the higher and shorter Hagerman Tunnel and the longer, but lower Busk-Ivanhoe Tunnel. The west entrance to the lower tunnel is under the lake water as this is the tunnel that now diverts water from the western slope to the eastern slope. The lower tunnel was also used for a few years as an automobile tunnel after the railroad was dismantled before it was used to divert water. Great history, great views.
Written August 13, 2015
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Oceanside, CA32 contributions
Great Hike for Railroad History
Jul 2014 • Solo
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 parking area right of the road, pick up the RR bed that leaves the Road on the left. A short detour out of the RR bed to avoid some wet areas is recommended. Follow the RR bed west a mile to where the long-gone 2000' trestle crossed the canyon, and take the steeper old road north a quarter mile to where the old RR bed is crossed again. You can continue up the road north another quarter mile to the site of Douglass City. Some cabin walls, building foundations, artifacts, and an interpretive sign describe the rugged life in this tunnel and RR construction camp. Getting to the Tunnel just north above Douglass City requires a very steep, but fairly short climb. The tunnel has ice in it year-round and is worth a look, but do not enter for safety reasons.

The final steep grade above Douglass City to the Tunnel can be avoided by following the easy 1-2% RR bed perhaps two miles back to the east from where it is crossed above the trestle site. Spurs, other trestle locations, Hagerman Lake, and some remains of the many RR snow sheds can be found on the way to the Tunnel. You can see Douglass City to the south from just before the Tunnel, and go down the steep trail to the site if you want to fully explore the area. From Douglass City, you can go south on the old road back to the RR bed at the long trestle site and follow it east back to the car on Hagerman Pass Road. A suggstion is to do some research in books or Google on the Tunnel. There are other historical sites in the area that can add to a very interesting and fun hike into history - if you know where you are going.
Written September 22, 2014
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Stowe, VT50 contributions
beautiful hike; interesting history
Jul 2014 • Friends
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.
Written August 17, 2014
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Des Moines, IA134 contributions
Have a trail map.
Sep 2013 • Friends
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 see the rock cuts and Hagerman Lake under the Continental Divide. The variety of rocks pulled out of the heart of the mountain was interesting.

If you have a 4x4, it is worth the drive up to the pass. The first stretch on this side is the hardest, which isn't hard at all. The road will take you right above Hagerman Lake where you can look directly down into it. The whole road is pretty easy with little exposure and lots of passing places. Most of the scenery is on the east side.
Written October 8, 2013
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