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Harvard Lakes road trip hike


  • Bob Falcone
I've spent much of this and last summer hiking to lakes in the mountains, and most of of them have been long hikes or at high elevations (or both). At only 6 miles round trip, on a fairly easy section of the legendary Colorado Trail, and only a few minutes from Buena Vista, this week's Harvard Lakes hike is perfect for anyone not up to a strenuous hike, or with only a couple of hours to kill, or someone who's trying to squeeze in one more hike while visiting the many 14er's in the area.

To get there: Take US 24 west from Colorado Springs to US 285 and turn left. Continue west on US 24/285, and after crossing the Arkansas River at Johnson Village, turn right at the traffic light to continue west on US 24. Continue into Buena Vista and at the second traffic light in town, turn left (west) onto Crossman Road/County Road 350. Take CR 350 until it ends at a "T" intersection, and turn right onto County Road 361, following it for a bit over a mile. At a bend in the road, look for County Road 365 on the left. There will be a large brown sign at the intersection, listing the Colorado Trail and Harvard Lakes. Turn left there and follow the dirt CR 365 for about 3.4 miles and watch for a parking area on the left and a smaller one on the right. Park there and walk about 50 feet down the road to the trail head for Colorado Trail 1776 north. CR 365 is passable by everything except low riding vehicles. If you're planning on climbing the Manitou Incline this weekend, you are out of luck. The Incline will be closed all day Saturday and Sunday for the running of the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon. Numerous road closures in Manitou will also be in place.

Happy Trails!

Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 26 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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