get to Hermit lake drive to Westcliffe on 69, when you get to the blinking stop sign, turn left (east) on main street/hwy 96 go a couple blocks and turn right on
Highway 69 (south). There will be an "antlers liquor store and motel on this corner.
Take 69 south a few blocks and turn right (west) on hermit lane/hermit lakes road/CR160 all the same.
There will be a gas station on your left at this intersection.
Once on hermit you will be able to see the road go across the valley and up into the trees keep going till you get to the trees
then the road veers to the left. There is a stack of small signs
follow the one for hermit pass. It is not far from this point
about 4 miles or so but it does take time because
of how rocky the road is. The parking is on the apex of a right hand
switchback there is a sign for hermit lake there the lake is just below
timberline. If you get above tree line you went to far.
With the snow gone the trail is easy to follow.
There is also a beaver pond right below the lake
which also has some brook trout in it but they are smaller.
trail is do able in a stock 2wd with a high ground
clearance the road is very rocky so it will take a lot of time to cover ground. It is usually
ice free and
accessible around mid-June. Hermit Lake is
at N38°05.368' Latitude and W105°37.919' Longitude with an elevation of
Hermit Lake contain
cutthroat trout and brook trout in the 10-14 inch
range. Flies I have had success with at
this lake include, mosquito patterns, griffen gnats,
copper johns, or any other small fly.
Hardware that works well there would include blue
fox spinners, kastmasters, and thomas bouyants.
list is intended as a guide only and no responsibility is taken for any
incident arising from mis-information. The ultimate responsibility as to
whether the trail is safe to travel, within the capabilities of yourself and
your vehicle, or indeed open at all, is taken by YOU.
REMEMBER - TREAD LIGHTLY
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