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Alpine Tunnel Trail, CO

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Distance One Way 2.79 miles
Trailhead Elevation 11,042 feet
Elevation Gain 591 feet
Accumulated Gain 591 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.76
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep
Sun  7:14am - 4:44pm
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This trail follows the railroad grade of the Denver, South Park and Pacific railroad from the historic townsite of Hancock to the caved-in east portal of the Alpine Tunnel. From the parking area, visitors can walk west along the old railroad grade to the east portal of the historic Alpine Tunnel.
This is a high-altitude trail and is usually snow-free from June until October.

Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the old railroad grade in order to protect some of the remaining railroad ties that are visible in the railbed.


This trail is especially beautiful during July when the alpine wildflowers are blooming.
From the parking area, visitors can walk west along the old railroad grade to the east portal of the historic Alpine Tunnel. From the trail's end, at the caved-in entrance to the tunnel, the route continues up the hill for about 3/4 miles, traveling northeast and descending to the lake.

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    From Nathrop, Hwy 285, travel west on County Road 162 for about 17 miles to the junction with Forest Road 295. Turn left on to FR 295 and travel south for about 5.5. miles to the old townsite of Hancock. From the Hancock sign the road curves to the right passing the access road for Hancock Pass (FR 299). A small parking area is available and can accomodate 6-8 vehicles. From the parking area, visitors can walk west along the old railroad grade to the east portal of the historic Alpine Tunnel. From the trail's end, at the caved-in entrance to the tunnel, the route continues up the hill for about 3/4 miles, traveling northeast and descending to the lake.
    page created by joebartels on Aug 12 2013 4:35 pm
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