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Midland Hill - A Scenic Hike In Buena Vista, Colorado

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 Buena Vista. 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.

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The view of Midland Hill from the traffic light in Buena Vista.

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Another view of Midland Hill, this one from Johnson Village.
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A snowy and sublime view of Midland Hill. (Photo taken somewhere on the west side of Buena Vista.)
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Friends who joined me on a hike pose for the camera. Mt. Princeton (on the right) doesn't look too shabby!

Photos and write-up by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, Colorado. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

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Hike on April 15, 2008 - The trailhead. Karen and I were on the trail by 7 a.m. and didn't see another human being throughout the entire hike. It was nice!
Mount Princeton
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Beautiful Colorado Scenery
As you can see, the rising sun from the east graces its sunlight beautifully on the mountains. Adjacent are three photos of Mount Princeton as we slowly climbed up the trail.

By the way, if you really love Mt. Princeton, I encourage you to visit my web site dedicated to daily photos of the mountain: :)

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The Summit

Me looking happy at the top.
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Mount Princeton
Three views looking toward the Arkansas River Valley (east).

TOP: Toward the northwest with Mount Columbia way out there.
MIDDLE: The best shot of the town of Buena Vista.
BOTTOM: Mount Antero and Mount Princeton, with the prison in the foreground.

Johnson Village, Colorado I zoomed-in a bit to capture the view of Johnson Village with the Arkansas River running alongside it.
Buffalo Peaks The northerly view of the Buffalo Peaks.

Two more views at the top. We have the valley for Highway 24 that leads up to Trout Creek Pass (top) and the land east of Midland Hill named as the "Four Mile" area.

We started at 7 a.m. at the trailhead, reached the summit at 8:30 a.m., and were back at the bottom by 9:30 a.m.

Other hikes, hills and peaks in this vicinity:

  • Limestone Ridge
  • Castle Rock
  • Triad Ridge
  • Garufi Point
  • Unnamed Point 9390'
  • Unnamed Point 9194'
  • Midland Hill Hike

    Midland Hill in Buena Vista CO

    Photos, a Hike on January 2009

    Derek and Harvey enjoy the views. And, of course, how could I not include another stunning shot of Sawatch Range across the valley? :)

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