Hermit Lake Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Westcliffe, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and fishing and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Drive up Hermit Pass out of Westcliffe, close to the timber line. Trail on left side of road going up pass. sign.
This is mentioned as an easy, 0.1 mile trail, but a couple of miles before the trailhead, the road becomes very rough. So you either must have a vehicle with 4WD and decent ground clearance or hike a few miles. Also, be aware that there is no designated parking, or even clear trail markings at the beginning of the offroad area. Plan accordingly.
Short trail through trees to lake and then it opens up to see the mountains on other side of lake. Good fishing for brook trout. Bunches of columbines on hillside on other side of lake the first part of July.