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Hartenstein Lake road trip hike


  • Bob Falcone
At a little under 11,500' in elevation, Hartenstein Lake in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, just a stone's throw east of the Continental Divide, near Buena Vista, Colorado.

This easy to moderately difficult hike, approximately 7.5 miles round trip, starts on the Browns Pass Trail at the well-marked Denny Creek trailhead.

To get there: Follow Cottonwood Pass Road, (Chafee County Road 306) about 11 miles up from the traffic light at West Main Street and U.S. 24 in Buena Vista.

Happy trails!

Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, college instructor, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for 25 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website ( E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob:

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