Summit County, Colorado
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You can see a little bit of everything the mountains of Colorado have to offer on this trail. It starts near the trailhead for the Saints John trail in Montezuma and it ends just past the old Hunkidori Mine. The terrain differs all the way to the end.
From the trailhead the trail dips down into Saints John Creek and crosses through the water to the other side. It can be deep at times and it is always fairly wide. The views from this area looking into the valley are spectacular.
Once you cross the creek the trail stays fairly level. It is mildly rocky in places and you may find lots of puddles and water on the trail.
There were lots of trail repairs many years ago when they put logs and railroad ties across the trail to allow them to drive through the boggy areas on the way to the mine. A lot of these repairs are still there but in some cases the logs can make things a bit more difficult where there are some missing. Just be sure to not straddle a log if you aren't sure you can get off of it.
There is one switchback that may require backing up a few times to get around. After this switchback there is a "Y" in the trail where there is an old truck.
You can see that the right fork ends at an old cabin. There is plenty of parking here so you can explore. Take a flashlight as it is very dark inside and there are are rusty nails and other items inside that could be dangerous. Enter at your own risk and be careful.
Take the other fork in the "Y" to continue to the mine a short distance away. The trail is a bit overgrown past the cabin and branches may touch your vehicle.
The mine has completely fallen but there is some interesting exploring. There is plenty of room to park here.
If you continue on the trail it ends soon at a tight turnaround. There isn't anything else to see on the trail and turning a large group around could be difficult, so you may want to stop and turn around at the mine instead.
Return the way you came.
Information last updated on August 8th, 2011.
Member ReportsAugust 6, 2011: ran by Austin, Chuck, Hoa, Jeffrey, Jim,Marcus, Mark F., Mark U. and Monica
From Denver, take Highway 6 to Keystone and follow signs to Montezuma Road. Follow the pavement until it ends at dirt roads and the tiny town of Montezuma. Go past the intersection with the stop sign to the next left turn at Saints John Road, county road 275. Continue a brief distance up this road to the trailhead on the right at a "Y" intersection.
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