Hancock Pass, Alpine Tunnel

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Location Buena Vista, CO
Rating Moderate,
Length 11.6mi
Time 4hrs

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Overview

Follow railroad grade over high pass to Alpine Tunnel.

Pass through historic site of Hancock on way to 12,140-ft. Hancock Pass. See restored train depot at Alpine Tunnel. Enjoy more difficult side trip to Hancock Lake. Combine this trip with Tomichi Pass, Trail #40. No unlicensed vehicles allowed on C.R. 162 east of parking lot at Waypoint 01.

Rating

Moderate
Trail Ratings Defined

Very rocky and slow going, but okay for aggressive stock SUVs. Skid plates are helpful. The drive should not be attempted if snow is on the trail. F.S. 839 to Alpine Tunnel is a high shelf road, but easy.

Stats

Length

11.6mi

Add 3mi for side trip to Hancock Lake

Time

4hrs

High Point

12,140ft

Best Time To Go

July-Oct

Current Conditions

719-539-3519Gunnison and San Isabel National Forest

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Trail Updates

6/7/2016
Submitted by Charles Wells
A section of the Palisades has collapsed pending repairs by the Forest Service. FSR 839 is closed just north of Waypoint 06. Until this is repaired, you can not get to the Alpine Tunnel or Williams Pass Trail. See road damage HERE.

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