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Hankins Pass Trail is a 13 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Florissant, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 13.0 mi Elevation gain 3,464 ft Route type Out & Back
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The trail is a steady climb and can be approached from either the Spruce Grove or Twin Eagles trailheads. It offers solitude and an occasional view of the higher peaks to the northwest. The trail is in good shape and the frequent rock formations are a nice added feature.

It costs $3.00 for a day permit to part at the Twin Eagles TH

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

Directions from Highway 126: Drive toward the Molly Gulch Campground located approximately 11 miles southwest of the small town of Deckers. Visitors can reach this campground by taking Highway 126 to Forest Developed Road 211. Continue driving on 211 past Cheesman Lake until you reach the campground on the left (east). Continue past the Molly Gulch Campground and Goose Creek Campground, which is approximately 1.5 miles past Molly Gulch on FDR 211, to a T road. This will be Forest Road 558. Turn right on 558 and travel approximately 1.5 miles to the Goose Creek Trailhead. Option 2: Drive west on 24 from Colorado Springs until Lake George. The head west along the river toward the Tarryall Reservoir. You can use either the Spruce Grove or the Twin Eagles trailheads to access the trail.

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Jennifer Lorenz Mewes
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Beautiful trail that gradually climbs! Great condition!

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Shannon Corpora
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Hiked this for my first ever backpacking trip! Started at the Goose Creek trailhead, hiked up to the pass (Lake Park intersection) and camped around there - plenty of flat camping options. So, 9 miles total if you’re just going to the pass and back. A steady incline but nothing super intense, so it was perfect for testing our gear. Hardly saw anyone on the trail and even the parking lot wasn’t full....I was surprised because when I was there last June to hike Goose Creek it was MADNESS. I’d guess most people explore this area in early summer....water is definitely getting low. Plenty of options to filter on the first two miles of this hike but be warned, there is NOTHING after that this time of year. We saw tons of gorgeous wildflowers in the meadow and sooo many aspens...I bet it’s incredible when the leaves turn! I so agree with the reviewers who said this was a “the woods are lovely dark and deep” kind of hike and that it reminded them of the AT. This hike was green and good. I couldn’t have asked for a better first backpacking experience.

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Savannah Putnam
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Beautiful trail!! We did most of it while doing a loop backpacking trip. The trail was great in terms of gradual uphills, beautiful meadows, and plenty of water. There were a decent amount of bugs towards the end, but most of it was okay.

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Audrey San Andres
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Great trail! My partner and I didn’t plan on backpacking (although we passed several backpackers leaving as we we hiked). Hiked about 4 miles in to get to the pass then went back. The trail has many creeks you cross which our dog loved. Some logs are a little unstable when crossing so definitely anticipate possibly getting your shoes wet. Many camping spots throughout the trail (although I highly suggest bug spray) and there is a steady incline but nothing difficult the first four miles in. Plenty to see and a nice aspen forest through the hike. Will definitely come back to backpack this!

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Justin Collins
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Backpacking

A challenging trail with stunning views. Plenty of rocks to climb. My friends and I scaled the south face of Lizard Rock, which offered some great views. Other large rocks near lizard rock offered a tear-jerking view of the valley during sunset. There’s a stream at the second campsite.

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Ed Bergin
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we hiked in 1/2 way set up camp in the snow. (trying some new gear). saw some good size cat tracks and heard some elk in the distance. this was a tight winding trek. but very enjoyable.

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Makayla Greathouse
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This is a great trail with cool rock formations and a challenging climb. Bring bug spray as there are several mosquitos near the creek.

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David C
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I took this from the east, starting at the Goose Creek TH. I walked to the high point in the pass, a little beyond, and then backtracked to the junction with 639, and hiked up it a bit before returning to the Goose Creek TH. total hiking, about five hours, with breaks along the way. I found the steady incline gentle, and was startled to see that the elevation gain was over 1,500'. Difficulties/inconveniences: a number of the log bridges over the creek are unstable, and long portions of the trail are very wet. Beauties: the changing forest-scape ... the shifts from Pondorosa to Aspen to Lodgewood are quite striking. Vistas are infrequent, but the sense of being deep in the forest is great ... this is a "the woods are lovely, dark, and deep" kind of hike.

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Chris Harrison
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Backpacked in from Goose Creek Trailhead. Early on, after getting through the burn scar and down to the creek, the trail reminded me of AT hiking. It was hot, humid, and green. There were some camping areas by the creek - probably too close to the creek, but established. This opened into a very cool mountain meadow with tall grass. I saw one camping area, but plenty of options. I only hiked to the pass (connecting to the Lake Park Trail.) There were camping spots around the pass on the south side of the trail. On a Tuesday/Wednesday, I saw a solo backpacker, two guys, and a small group. Someone or some group has recently cleared downed trees (THANK YOU!!)

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Shawn Albright
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If you are looking for something just a little different than the trails that circle Pikes Peak, this a great option. It was a nice hike that didn't require a constant elevation climb. And, you get some dense forest areas mixed with some nice wide open spaces with great veiws of some really nice rock formations. Lizard Rock offered a nice view to the West.

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Susan Mitchell
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This is a lovely, secluded trail that can be used year round. It features approaches from the east and west side of the range, and can even be done as a longer loop on the west side. It goes through open meadows and forests with spectacular rock formations along the way and at the pass. It's especially lovely in the fall, but also provides hikes in the winter where many different kinds of animal tracks emerge in the snow. It is rare to run into other people any time of the year. It never disappoints, and provides a picturesque, steady climb to an interesting pass.

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Alex Hedgepath
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Josh Lacey
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Melissa Balgley
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Jared Hinton
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cathleen greenley
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Alex Kluiber
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Drew Cook
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Matthew Peterson
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