Hermit Peak A
North Slopes
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Difficulty:
 Class 2 
Trailhead:Hermit Pass Road
Start:11,000 feet
Summit:13,350 feet
Total Gain:2,400 feet
RT Length:8.0 miles
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:1/2014
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:5 reports
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Trailhead

From the intersection of Colorado Highways 96 and 69 in Westcliffe, drive south on CO 69 for 0.3 mile and turn right (west) onto Hermit Road (County Road 160). Drive 6.0 miles to a fork in the road. Stay left on Hermit Road which quickly becomes rough 2WD. Approx. 1.25 miles after the fork, the road turns to 4WD. Reach the Rainbow Trail 2 miles up from the fork and the Hermit Pass Trail (goes to Hermit Lake, on left) at approx. 6 miles. The road is very rough now and continues an additional 3 miles to reach Hermit Pass (a total of approx. 9 miles from the low, 2WD fork in the road). Below 11,400', there are lots of pull-offs and dispersed camp spots along the road.

Route

Above 9,100', the Hermit Road requires 4WD, slow driving and good-clearance. There are several large pull-offs and camp spots along the road, including an excellent spot on the left, near 10,960'.

From your parking spot, start walking up the road. Pass the trail to Hermit Lake (left) near 11,400' and exit the trees near 11,900'. Zigzag north up a broad slope to reach an overlook with beautiful views of Horseshoe Lake and Eureka Mountain - 1. Continue on the road ( 2 and 3) for another mile to reach Hermit Pass, at 13,000' - 4.

If you'd like to add Rito Alto Peak to your route, it's approx. 1.5 miles round-trip to summit Rito Alto from the pass (refer to the Rito Alto Peak: South Ridge route). For Hermit Peak, hike south across the pass, toward Hermit's south slopes - 5 and 6. After 0.2 mile from the pass, ascend the Class 2 north slopes ( 7 and 8) to reach the rocky summit - 9. Hermit has two summit bumps and 10 looks back at the true summit from the eastern one. 11 looks north over Hermit Pass.

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