Originally a boom town and once a county seat, Hahn’s Peak is now a quite residential historical district near Steamboat Springs. It was founded around 1865 as a gold mining camp and housed the first Post office and School in Routt County. There is currently a self guided tour available along with a brochure. It is supported by the Hahn’s Peak Area Historical Society Submitted by Chris Lord.
Several area residents offer vacation home rentals, especially longer-term, and including the Steamboat Lakeview Mountain Cabin
The nearby Elkhead Mountains are one of the least known and visited ranges in the state of Colorado. They are unusual that they are one of the few mountain ranges in the USA to run east-west, rather than north-south. Hahns Peak is the only peak in the Elkhead Mountains that is well-known and frequently climbed. Most of the other summits in the Elkheads see only a few ascents a year.
Hahns Peak is famous for its perfectly shaped cone and is a laccolith.
Despite being lower than many of the other peaks in Colorado, snowfall consistently measures some of the greatest depths in the state of Colorado. Timberline on Hahns Peak is the lowest on any peak in Colorado is at 10,300 feet. Timberline-gales are observed at elevations below 10,000 feet attesting to the frequent storms that slam Hahns. The peak stands alone, and despite the low elevation, in the summer, the peak sees frequent lightning strikes; enough for the forest service to place a warning sign on the summit.
Hahns Peak is capped with a fire-lookout that was built in the 1912 and reconstructed in 1942.
To reach Hahn’s Peak from Steamboat Springs, drive to the north end of town and to where County Road 129 leaves Highway 40. A sign marks “Clark” and “Hahns Peak”. This is the same road heading to the airport. Follow County Road 129 north for about 29 miles, past the small town of Hahns Peak, and to the small village of Columbine. In winter, park at the Columbine General Store. The road is always open to this point.
In summer, drive east off County Road 29, on FS Road 490. After 0.9 miles turn left. The road is pretty good for all vehicles here, but becomes rougher after this (4wd recommended). Turn left after another 0.3 miles and left again after another 0.2 miles.