Hankins Pass Hike

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20.9 km
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1,056 m
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The Hankins Pass Hike is a quintessential adventure across the Lost Creek Wilderness. The hike demonstrates the diversity of the Colorado wilderness as you walk through wetlands and forested valleys to grassy meadows atop rocky ridges. This trail is an epic day hike or an awesome beginning to your backpacking expedition.

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Route Description for Hankins Pass Hike

The Hankins Pass Hike is a stimulating adventure that is sure to impress its adventurers. Begin on the east side of the Lost Creek Wilderness and hike all the way over to the west end of the area. This excursion is lengthy and demands stamina and preparation. With a gradual grade, the terrain isn’t too strenuous, but it is undoubtedly a butt burner. Make sure to pack plenty of provisions and water! Consider trekking poles and microspikes in the autumn and winter months to help navigate snowy and icy terrain.

Begin your adventure from the Goose Creek Trailhead. Shortly after your departure from the Goose Creek Trailhead, you will encounter an intersection. At the junction, stay left and you will be diverted onto the Hankins Pass Trail. Hike along the Hankins Pass Trail through meadowlands and then beneath the coverage of towering aspens. As you trek, you will pass several granite outcroppings and designated dispersed campsites. Eventually, you will confront another junction, keep left on the Hankins Pass Trail and at the next intersection, merge onto the Brookside McCurdy Trail. This path will lead to the hike’s end at a stunning lookout of Lizard Rock.

Enjoy the scenery of the Lizard Rock and South Tarryall Peak in the background. Take a rest and when you are ready, retrace your steps all the way back to the trailhead.

Getting to the Hankins Pass Hike Trailhead

Begin your journey along the Hankins Pass Trail from the Goose Creek Trailhead off FR 558.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Dispersed Backcountry Camping Permitted, restrictions apply.

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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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