B-17 Crash Site via Old Sawmill Trail

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Comanche Peak Wilderness

B-17 Crash Site via Old Sawmill Trail is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Glen Haven, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,217 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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historic site

Hiked from the Stormy Peaks trailhead to the B-17 crash site. You take the trail to the Old Wagon Road that goes by Twin Lakes and take the trail on the west side of the lake. Continue on the wagon road until you see an arrow made of rocks that points you off to the right.

hiking
1 day ago

Pretty hike but very easy to get lost. Make SURE you have a map and directions. Did not make it up to the crash site because the forest path was too obscure

blowdown
snow
9 days ago

Hiked 5-21-2020. Blue skies and 60 degrees. Hiked to stream crossing just below the climb to the crash site. Down trees and deep snow kept us from the final climb. Will try again in a few weeks.

hiking
snow
14 days ago

Hike was great. Still had 3’+ of snow within 1/4 mile of the crash site and we had to turn around. Wish we would have turned around at the end of the stream.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
6 months ago

Way harder with the snow but worth the hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Rex and Daniel have AMAZING directions for the trail! Thanks so much guys...definitely follow these comments for directions, because there is poor marking on the trail for the first half on how to get to the crash site. We did a 7 mile hike before this one, so those already weary or a little physically challenged should definitely be cautious of the steep, rocky uphill portions. OOF. It seems from pictures and our hiking experience on this trail that to get to the best parts of the crash, you need to do a little rock climbing/bouldering to reach them. I don’t want to be a negative Nancy, but this isn’t a particularly “be all end all” of abandoned sites in my opinion. That being said, AMAZING views of the tops of the nearby mountains (and Wyoming) are visible once you get to the crash site.

hiking
8 months ago

I followed Rex's instructions and had no issues getting the the crash site. The hardest part is between the first arrow and the creek. Beautiful hike to the site. It is not that much of a view of the mountains at the site, but the site in itself is worth checking out. I unfortunately couldn't find the names of the pilots on the plane.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

Amazing hike definitely hard after you come to the three polls in the middle of the trail (where you have about 45mins to an hour left ) but soooo worth it when you get to the top it’s just the view is incredible and the plane crash is mind blowing!

Labor Day weekend, really hot, but trail is well marked and lovely. Some steep parts, but not bad.

One of my favorite hikes so far. did this one today 8/31/19. the trail is beautiful and the crash site is very interesting. I was surprised to see a lot of small bits of scrap metal still lying around. thanks to Rex Schism and his review for the good directions.

Great trail, but it ended up being 6.9 miles for us, not 5.6 as the app said. Definitely low trafficked with plenty of great views.

hiking
9 months ago

Third time I’ve hiked this trail, but the first time I made it all the way to the top! Definitely only do this Trail July- August, as the other months it will be snowed in. The wreckage at the top is quite amazing.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike. Didn’t read the instructions very well prior though, and ended up going the wrong way. Still was a beautiful hike and managed to find our way back to the crash site.

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked on 07/29/2019. Rex Scism's trail description and directions directly below are spot-on, didn't take a wrong turn. Coming down found two hikers going up who had taken wrong turn so be careful. Very good hike, actual crash site for me was...sobering. Some small US flags placed on plane wreckage, kudos to those who did that. Don't miss Denny's Point on the way up or way down. Just 0.25 miles off the main trail and outstanding views from there.

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bugs
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rocky
10 months ago

Stunning trail! It's mostly easy to Twin Lakes and then a more challenging climb. At the top of that though you get a flat walk by a darling little brook with wildflowers on both sides. Then a bit more climb through the trees to the crash site, which is strewn around a boulder field. Most of this hike is through trees. As others have said, follow the orange flags and the arrows that mark the way. It is simply beautiful.

hiking
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

Great hike, but here are some better directions. These directions are from the parking area at the end of the Pingree Park Rd (where it dead ends at the CSU Mountain Campus). From the parking area, you will see a sign that includes "B-17 Crash Site" on it. Follow that trail up the hill through a dense aspen meadow. You will come to a fork with a sign for Dennys Point. Go right at that fork (not in the direction of Dennys Point) and continue up the hill. A short distance up the mountain, you will come to another fork with a sign that says "Original Wagon Road Into Pingree Valley." Go LEFT at this fork and continue up the mountain. Once you come to the lake, stay to the right and follow the trail around the right side of the lake. There are a couple of trees flagged here and there with orange ribbon and a few green "B-17" tags screwed to the trees. Follow those until you see large arrows made of rocks on the ground (there are three different places you will see these). Once you arrive at the three poles erected in the middle of the trail, you are roughly 45 min to 1 hour from the crash site. Continue up the mountain until the last rock arrow formation (points right) and then follow that trail up the mountain further. That trail will open up to the boulder field where the wreckage is located. There is wreckage up and down the boulder field from where the trail ends. Under the large pine that leans drastically to the right (you can't miss it up the boulder field), there are rocks with the airmen's names inscribed. Remember that 8 airmen training for WWII lost their lives in this crash, so please give the site the proper respect it deserves and remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice so we are free to enjoy these wonders.

hiking
10 months ago

Such a cool place to visit and explore! I take middle school/ high school campers up here from time to time, makes great memories! Trail to Twin Lakes is fairly easy. If your group is still willing for an adventure once you reach the lakes, I highly recommend continuing on to see the B-17 crash!

10 months ago

thank you Daniel Kane! great directions! awesome hike!

hiking
10 months ago

Did hike on 7/16/19 on a warm clear day. Mostly through trees with a stream crossing over a log. Twin Lake Reservoir is beautiful. Crash site has a scenic outlook but is also somber when viewing the wreckage strewn about. Definitely meaningful considering the sacrifice made during the World War II era. Highly recommend this hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike!

Great hike. No snow at this time of the year. Parking was easy at 10am Saturday 6/29/19. To get to the plane crash, make sure you take a left early on when you come to a sign with double sided arrows that says Old Wagon/Pingree. That will take you to the west side of the lake. From there it’s very easy to navigate. Keep following the trail and pass the lake on your right. It will get steeper soon after the lake. There will be big arrows on the ground made of rocks (8 feet long about) pointing you in the right direction. The trial has two of them after the lake. Also orange ribbons tied to trees to help guide you. The trail features a lovely cold rushing river that my dog loved to jump in and drink from. You will cross that river, shouldn’t be a huge deal.

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muddy
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rocky
scramble
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washed out
11 months ago

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