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Date Wednesday  3/8/2017
End Date Wednesday  3/8/2017
Group Denver
Event Title RMOTHG Grizzly Gulch
Start Time 8:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Ronald Hileman
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 7
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate 
Trail Mileage 7
Elevation Gain 1000
Driving Distance 80


Meeting location Wooly Mammoth parking lot AA across from Conoco gas station I-70 exit 259 at 8 am.

For more info Contact

Ron Hileman



Hike starts from Parking lot at I-70 Exit 221 for Baskerville just before the Eisenhower Tunnel.  It is the same exit for Grays and Toerrys peaks.  Hike 1.5 miles up Stephens Gulch Road to Y intersection where Grizzly Gulch goes right and Stephens Gulch goes left. Go an additional 2 miles to a clearing with great views.  The walk is on an old road so we can hike two or three abreast.


Parking trailhead = 39.691314°, -105.804738°, elevation = 9,800

Snack stop GPS = 39.663056°. -105.817177° elevation 10,750


The working and abandoned mines along Grizzly Gulch are a present-day reminder of Colorado’s early history. In 1859, John H. Gregory was the first to strike lode gold in the mountains. Soon, Clear Creek County became one of the richest areas in the world and such towns as Central City, Black Hawk, and Empire sprang up. Today, the depleted and abandoned mines dot the landscape, sometimes reaching as high as the Continental Divide as in the case of mines in Grizzly Gulch. As you hike, observe the discolored piles of tailings, rusted derricks, and machinery on the flanks of Kelso and Grizzly Peak. In this gulch, the most famous mine is the Josephine Mine on the left, at the head of the gulch where the hike begins.

Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.