A Moderate Hike With Grand Views of the Collegiate Peaks
The hike to Midland Hill has grown in popularity, but I think it's still one of the best-kept secrets in
Some refer to this mountain as "Sleeping Indian" but it's my opinion that everything will eventually
look like an Indian, butterfly, flower or something if you stare at something long enough.
The trailhead is on Chaffee County Road 304 at the "6032" sign on the east side.
You can also access it via the Whipple Trail system; hike up to CR 304 and continue to the summit. All of this trail and the topography can be viewed on
the National Geographic Trails Illustrated topographical map for Buena Vista and the Collegiate Peaks.
At this time, I do not know the exact distance of the trail, but I would estimate it at about 1.5 miles one-way to the 9555' summit.
Typically, when I have a visiting friend who wants a mountain hiking experience, I'll take them up Midland Hill as a test
before they do something more ambitious such as a 14er or
13er. Also, the views of the valley and
Sawatch Range are spectacular, especially in the morning when the sun graces beautifully on them.
The view of Midland Hill from the traffic light in Buena Vista.