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Road trip hike: Hartenstein Lake 

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.
Bob Falcone
The information kiosk at the trailhead has a lot of information, but the trail map on the left side only shows the route to nearby Mt. Yale, not the rest of the Browns Pass or Hartenstein Lake Trails. (All mileages in this slideshow were measured from the kiosk).
Bob Falcone
After just under .30 of a mile, the trail leads from the San Isabel National Forest to the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.
Bob Falcone
Wild flowers are plentiful along the trail.
Bob Falcone
After about a mile, the trail crosses the Denny Creek, with foot bridges on the right side of the trail.
Bob Falcone
At approximately 1.2 miles there's a second creek crossing. This crossing had only a single log across it that wasn't secured. The winter run-off was pretty strong through here in late June, but it may be running lower later in the summer. Look upstream for a narrower spot to hop across. You'll likely get wet, but this is the only crossing where that would be a possibility.
Bob Falcone
At 1.4 miles the trail to Mt. Yale cuts off to the right. Keep left to continue on the Browns Pass Trail to Hartenstein Lake. From here there are four or five more creek crossings but all are easy, using either log bridges or rock-hopping.
Bob Falcone
Due to its steepness, the 14,196' Mt. Yale is considered by peak-baggers to be one of the more difficult 14ers to climb.
Bob Falcone
The red columbine can be seen along the trail.
Bob Falcone
At approximately 2.25 miles the Hartenstein Lake Trail cuts off to the left. The Browns Pass Trail continues straight ahead.
Bob Falcone
Instead of crossing the creek at the obvious spot to the left of the trail intersection, look behind the sign for a single-track leading to a log footbridge crossing, about 50' from the sign.
Bob Falcone
Cross at this bridge, about 50' from the sign. From here, Hartenstein Lake is about another mile away. The trail is wide and well worn and easy to moderate difficulty.
Bob Falcone
Hartenstein Lake, with Mt Yale in the background.
Bob Falcone
There were a wide variety of flowers along the trail in mid-June.
Bob Falcone
Topo map of the route.
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Bob Falcone
The information kiosk at the trailhead has a lot of information, but the trail map on the left side only shows the route to nearby Mt. Yale, not the rest of the Browns Pass or Hartenstein Lake Trails. (All mileages in this slideshow were measured from the kiosk).
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