7:30 Mine Road Details
Being a former road, the trail is wide and stony, with a fairly easy grade.
All along the trail you can see the town of Silver Plume, with Clear Creek running through it, down below. At about the one mile mark, you will cross a field of trees downed by an avalanche. Following this, you’ll come to an old brown shack that is still mostly standing. Take the time to look around, then continue to follow the trail leading west, where there are more buildings to be found.
Along the trail, you’ll find various debris and dilapidated buildings. A pair of cables cross the trail three times. A favorite find was a small cave dug out of the solid rock mountainside. A short tunnel leads to a solid wood door. Behind the door is a very small stone room—no tunnels! Because there are no rotting timbers or loose soil, it is safe to explore this cave. As you progress, you will see a few mine shafts that have been reclaimed by the placement of metals grates across the openings.
Shortly before the end of the hike is the Griffin Memorial. It's on a side spur which you'll recognize by the metal grate on the right; the spur goes left. The memorial is a granite obelisk erected on a dramatic, sheer cliff in honor of Clifford Griffin. Local legend has it that he was playing his fiddle one night on the cliff, when the music stopped and a shot rang out. Details aren’t known, but the shot is attributed to either his brother or himself.
Past the memorial, the trail becomes slightly more dangerous. It crosses a patch of loose rock; be careful crossing here because it’s a long, sheer drop down the mountain. (People with vertigo or height phobias may not want to go further.) Soon you’ll come to a small creek cascading down the mountainside, decorated with old mining equipment. The trail ends here, though you could cross the creek and explore the ruins on the other side.
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More Stats for 7:30 Mine Road mountain bike trail
Altitude change-1,259 ft
Altitude min9,204 ft
Altitude start10,463 ft
Altitude end9,204 ft
Distance climb965 ft
Distance down2 miles
Distance flat412 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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