Carson Ghost Town Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake City, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for off road driving and is accessible from June until September.
off road driving
Went up in a jeep with a large pick-up following behind. Nice trail. Steep for the first few miles but levels out a bit near the top. Definitely needed 4WD low to get up the steeper climb. Road was dry that day but could see it becoming a muddy, slippery mess had it rained. Two water crossing but we went in June 2015, when there was still a lot of snowmelt. In fact the road over the divide was still closed and we could see a snowplow at work. Very cool town. Learned it was private land & the owners keep it open as long as there is no vandalism. But you can see many people have carved initials into the old wood, not respecting the wishes of the owners. That was disappointing. We are lucky the site is still open to tourists that brave the road.
nice trail, carson ghost town is interesting in that it has a group of semi-restored buildings that are definately worth viewing. The trail up and down is fairly straight forward, as we were in a Polaris Ranger. Watch the weather at the top, can blow up fairly quickly.