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A fairly steep climb up, but well worth it. The downhill has a nice flow with a few technical sections. I highly recommend! The trail system on Strand Hill is very well marked and there are a lot of different trail options to take on the way down.
Great loop for a long run with friends!! It was rocky, washed out and steep as the trail winds its way through the trees. There were three small creek crossings with some mud at other points along the way. It was very challenging but the view overlooking Taylor Park to the North/Northwest and Mirror Lake to the Southeast makes it worth it! We started at 7am and it took us about 2 hours and 40 minutes to run it. We brought water and energy gel for the top before taking the trail back that goes toward Mirror Lake and CR 267. Afterwards we had breakfast at Nugget Cafe that is next to the Taylor Park Trading Post!
We hiked this trail in early October so all the wild flowers were gone, but the views are still spectacular.
A few take aways:
- There is a parking area past the first stream just off Gothic road. If you park below this stream, you can pass across if you head westward and look for areas to cross. The water was about 18" deep.
- The actual trailhead sign is a bit of a hike up a low maintained gravel road.
- The initial trail northward is mostly shallow creek crossings, muddy paths possibly, and some steep inclines.
- As the inward trail heads east, the hiking is actually easier but the trail turns to a single track thats pretty rocky. Regardless, the entire trail is easily Class 1 with occasional Class 2 for some hikers.
- When the waterfall comes into view in the distance, there eventually is an "unofficial" grass path that heads down to the bottom of the waterfall as a sort of shortcut from the main dirt path. Although, that also meant we missed out on seeing the old mine items.
The views are incredible, and you don't have to do the entire trail to enjoy them, I started at the Ruby Anthracite trailhead and then turned back at the creek. The trail gets VERY steep as you go down into the canyon to reach the creek. I just went in mid-September and the aspens were a phenomenal bright yellow. The other time I went was August and there were lots of beautiful wildflowers. Definitely recommend and will be going again in spring!
Beautiful. I love how much mining history is spread throughout this trail. Moderate is a stretch - I would consider this easy. Miles 3-5 (marked by trail mile markers) is where almost of the gain is. Miles 7-10 are fairly boring - bring some music or an audiobook - you'll likely have cell reception the whole hike!
About half way through this hike, I was thinking about writing a mediocre review. We pressed on and are oh so glad we did. The views at the top are stunning. Would be fabulous in the summer with the wild flowers in bloom. However, the fall colors, brisk air and no traffic on the trail made this hike fantastic.