Hagerman Lake

Hagerman Lake is in a high alpine environment set at 11,400 feet above sea level near the northern boundary of the Mt Massive Wilderness.  Like most high lakes in the Colorado Rockies it hosts some of the most beautiful cutthroats you’ll ever lay eyes on.

This adventure begins with a drive for the first 4.6 miles of Hagerman Pass to the trailhead of the hike on the historic Colorado Midland railroad grade.

The trail follows the grade through high alpine meadows and large stands of fir and spruce forest, then climbs up through the old ghost town of Douglass City before we reach our destination at the lake.

The hike is approximately 2.5 miles with the first 1.5 miles being fairly flat and rating easy.  The last mile is where most of the ascent is and rates as a moderate hike.  Total hiking time is an average of 3 - 4 hours round trip.

These trips are full day adventures and feature the 3 - 4 hours of hiking and about 4 - 5hours of fishing.

A high alpine beauty!



This is a true backcountry adventure that starts with a one hour long 4WD journey to the summit of Hagerman Pass at 11,925 ft. above sea level.    

From the top of the pass we travel across the tundra above timberline for the first part of the hike.  The second half of the hike drops down 500 vertical feet over a half mile to the natural bench that houses Virginia Lake.  Here you have the rare opportunity to catch the Colorado Greenback Cutthroat which range from 4”-14” in this lake.  Perched high in the Rockies, the beauty of this location and the fish you catch would be hard to surpass anywhere!

Although this trip is only about 2.5 miles round trip, the hike in and out of the drainage is very vigorous.  It requires the ability to hike at very high altitudes on steep and rugged terrain, and has a rating of difficult. 

The weather above and near timberline is extremely dynamic so appropriate clothing should be considered for every weather condition. A trip for the true adventure seeker!


This small water venue is set in the Hagerman Pass drainage and is a picture perfect mountain stream.

The creek is very gradient where the trip starts, with about a one mile moderate hike following the creek up to a high alpine meadow. 

Here is where the creek levels out and the fishing begins.  The creek offers brook, brown and cutthroat trout. 

This trip is a unique combination of hiking and fishing in a truly a special place to fish.



Let’s face it – not everybody likes to fish.  That’s why Colorado Fly Fishing Guides is now offering day hikes with wildflower and mushroom tours!  Take an interpretive hike with one our experienced guides on the historic Colorado Midland Centennial Trail.  This experience is enhanced by history, enriched by nature and a perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon in the high country. 

The trail follows the old railroad grade of the Colorado Midland and features two loops.  There is the Lake Loop where you can visit the old ghost town of Douglass City and the old Hagerman Tunnel site on your way to Hagerman Lake. 

The Trestle loop takes you through a small canyon that opens up to the site where a huge elevated wooden trestle once directed trains through a high alpine meadow.  Choose your loop, or, if you’re feeling ambitious, do both!

In the height of summer these hikes also highlight beautiful displays of wildflowers.  Later in the summer and into early fall the wildflowers will give way to an impressive array of mushrooms.   Your knowledgeable guide can help you identify the different species of these mountain delights while leading you on an amazing hike high in the Rockies!



2HR TRESTLE LOOP (approx. 4mi.) - $135
4HR LAKE AND TUNNEL LOOP (approx. 6mi.) - $195


Distances are approximates and times are based on a casual pace. Prices reflect the total for the trip for 1 - 4 people.  Additional people are $35/person.



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