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Hagerman Tunnel

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Connects: Colorado Midland Trail (Hagerman Tunnel Trail), Douglass City, Opal Lake (11,390 ft), Hagerman Lake (11,330 ft)

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Hagerman Tunnel

The east portal of the Hagerman Tunnel accessed by the Colorado Midland Trail

Leadville, CO – Historic

Hagerman Tunnel is an old trail tunnel between Leadville and Basalt, CO. The tunnel was the highest railroad tunnel in the world at the time of its completion in 1887. The east portal of the tunnel is accessed by the Colorado Midland Trail.

More information about the Colorado Midland Trail can be found at:
San Isabel National Forest – Midland Trail
San Isabel National Forest – Colorado Midland Railroad

A sign at the tunnel reads: (Click to expand)
Hagerman Tunnel

This is the east portal of the Hagerman Tunnel. The highest railroad tunnel in the world at the time of its completion in 1887. The great tunnel is 11,530 feet above sea level. It is 2,161 feet long, 16 feet high, 18 feet wide, and cost $200,000 – – It was replaced in 1890-91 by the Busk-Ivanhoe (later Carlton) Tunnel further down the road to Leadville. The Hagerman Tunnel was used briefly again in 1898-99 but was soon abandoned. DANGER DON’T ENTER.”


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