The Hermits Peak trail is 9.5 miles long. It begins at Hermits Peak/El Porvenir Trailhead and ends at the Lone Pine Mesa Trail – Trail #214.
Trail Condition: Moderate
There is little change in the trail condition from the trailhead to the summit of Hermits Peak. There are a fair number of trees down in the first mile past the summit, but most of these were down in May 2018.
In the final mile before reaching the unnumbered connector trail to Beaver Creek, there is numerous downfall, especially climbing out of a small notch, where a large wind event blew down nearly every trail on this slope. The trail is completely obliterated, so pick your way uphill anyway route you can find and pickup the trail once you’ve reached the top of the ridge.
From the trailhead to the summit of Hermits Peak, the trail is in good condition and easy to follow. In the first mile, there are a couple non-system trails that cross #223, but the trail is well-marked and easy to follow.
Around 1.5 miles, there is spring. In May 2018, after a particularly bad winter, there was enough water in the spring for a dog to take a drink, but not enough to entice a human.
From the top of Hermits Peak to the junction with the unnumber Beaver Creek Trail – about 3.3 miles – the trail is relatively faint but easy to follow. In the first 3/4 of a mile past the summit, there are many downed trees, but the underlying tread is distinct enough that remaining on the trail is not an issue.
Between the junction with the Rito Chavez Trail – Trail #220 and the unnumbered Beaver Creek Trail, the trail enters a small saddle. The trail fades completely here, but reappears quickly once it starts climbing again.
From the junction with the unnumbered Beaver Creek Trail to the junction with Trail #220, Trail #223 was in good condition. However, the winter of 2015/2016 produced enough snow that even in May the final climb to Hermit’s Peak was covered in a few feet of snow. Where the trail was clear, it was easy to follow, but where the downfall was significant, the trail was completely obscured.