Alpine Mine Overlook via Weehawken Pack Trail

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Uncompahgre National Forest

Alpine Mine Overlook via Weehawken Pack Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ouray, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.0 miElevation gain2,244 ftRoute typeOut & back
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3,130-ft above Ouray, the Alpine Mine Overlook features 180-degree views of the Ouray area and the cliffs and mountains rising to the east. Hayden Mountain and the peaks looming above the Million Dollar Highway dominate the scene to the south and southeast.

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Ben Mitton
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HikingGreat!

Great hike with some beautiful views. A favorite that will be worth going back to at different times of the year. Very few hikers on the trail. Parts of it are steep and difficult, but worth the hard work for the views along the entire trail.

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Wendy Wetzel
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful October hike with the yellowing birch trees all around and majestic mountain backdrop. Steep in some areas so bring lots of water. Well worth the exertion for those views!

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Melissa Shotts
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HikingGreat!
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Kelly Horvath
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Peggy Kristoffersen
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Tyler Goltl
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Great hike! Very steep but well worth the views. Took me 2 hours up and 1 hour down.

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Vidas Mickevicius
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The end of the trail is spectacular 5+, but the beginning is in the woods and is so so. May be much better when aspens turn into fall colors.

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Tobias Padilla
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This was an amazing trail. The way up was challenging but nothing I couldn’t handle. I’m 22 and I made up in about 2 hours. I drank a little more than a liter going up so make sure to bring plenty of water. Also bring snacks or even a packed lunch because you may find yourself running out of energy on the way up. The overlook itself is absolutely gorgeous. I can see why they call Ouray the Switzerland of America. I hope you’re not afraid of heights!!! The edge of the overlook is a steep drop several hundred feet. There are even points along the trail that can be scary for the faint of heart. I also recommend good hiking shoes and pants. There is quite a bit of shrubbery on the trail and bugs so it’s better to have extra protection.

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mike b
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Tierra Izzo
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What an amazing and challenging hike. Completely worth it. Lots of shade and opportunity to stop for views. Make sure to push through that last bit after the mine. You don’t want to miss the views!!

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Brooke Robertson
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This is a nice hiking trail. Pretty views along the way. Beautiful aspen groves and wild flowers make for many photo ops. Too bad you don’t get to the overlook before the mine. Spaghetti legs and ominous clouds made us decide to return to base after the mine. That’s a 6 mile hike lasting over 4.5 hours. Saw very few people. It’s buggy so bring the repellent! The hike definitely earns a hard rating; we’re in decent shape but are over 60.

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Emily Boncore
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We clocked 5.2 on strata. 2:20 round trip. A great hike for stellar (almost 360) views!

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Mara Caris
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Would be nice hike for tennis shoes, or chacos. On the way up path is narrow and brush and grass rub lightly on legs, next time I would wear pants or gators. Leftover mine equipment and lookout area awesome. Gets the heart pumping. Took about an hour and 40 minutes up.

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Rose Ehteshami-Afshar
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This hike was gorgeous, but definitely hard. The distance stated on this hike is incorrect, it is roughly 5.8 miles instead of 3.9 which was unexpected. The views at the top were gorgeous, but I deducted a star because the information was misleading and I was not prepared for the extra 2 miles. I would suggest poles as there are a lot of rocky areas of trail and a lot of water!

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Luke Laurita
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More uphill than we thought! Lots of switchbacks in the beginning followed by a continuous uphill until the end. It was a beautiful day with good shade patches to stop in. This hike definitely gets your heart going and it doesn’t let up. Make sure you push through the last uphill portion past the mine. The views are worth the struggle! Round trip ended up being about 6 miles total. It’s a bit of an ass kicker but the scenery is breathtaking.

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Jose Ramos
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Pretty nice trail, a steady climb , not too hard if you hike often. The entire hike you basically get a view of the same thing , but the overlook portions are very pretty.

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Mallory Wilson
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Hiked to Alpine Mine 5/26. Trail is dry to the little overlook at 2.1 miles before the mine and overlook of the town. The next half mile to the mine and overlook, snow is patchy. Several downed trees to cross that I didn’t remember, however were likely covered in snow on our last ascent in May last year. Always an early season favorite for acclimation with great views of Hayden/Pitosi and the town of Ouray.

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Lee Schwartz
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Left mid-morning - is a consistent ascent that will get your blood pumping quickly and it keeps at you. Took the Alpine Mine trail to the outlook - a good workout in the trees. Beautiful views south and then of Ouray at the top. Coming down is less strenuous - mind your footing as there are rocks. Overall a great 3 hour round trip.

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Kate Schorp
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9/22/19 - Weehawken Creek Trail Beautiful sunny day with cool fall temps. Began at 10:45AM and it took me an hour to get up the steep switchbacks to the first fork toward Alpine Mine. Footing was easy and I saw fox and pheasant along the way. I took the left fork toward Weehawken Creek. This where it got a bit treacherous. The incline was not as demanding as the switchbacks but the trail narrowed a bit and was slippery in some parts; gravel-like pebbles and steep drop offs. Recommended only for sure-footed hikers. There were about 6 water crossings; some small and some large marked with cairns. All were pretty dry except a couple of trickles and I never got my boots wet. After 30 min I can upon a second fork toward the Weehawken Mine, but I stayed to the right toward the creek. Another 30 min after that fork and 2 more trickling water crossings I arrived at the creek. It looks like the trail continues on but I was content with scrambling down to the creek, having a bite of lunch, soaking my feet in the icy water and watching my pup splash around in the shallow pools. I picked up a branch/walking stick on the return hike to use through the slippery parts and left it at the trailhead for the next person. Finished the hike around 2:15PM

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Madison Brand
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Super fun trail, only recorded until halfway. Uphill most of the way but very rewarding at the top and way down. Amazing views the whole way!

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pat Janda
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HikingBugs

As the other reviewers noted, the trail is much more exhausting than the “moderate” designation implies. Steep up, then steep down. Views were beautiful!

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Ken Gurule
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Andrew Cipriano
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This was a hard hike and it close to 6 miles round trip. It is steep in spots but worth the trip up. That was the smallest mine site that I ever seen but the views at the top are awesome.

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Robin Gross
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Hike up was nice, definitely steep. The paths are pretty narrow and parts are loose rocks so it can get slippery. Be sure to take your time coming back. View at top is beautiful of mountains and a great view overlooking Oruay. Would do again!

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Brenton Marquez
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The GPX for this trail is incomplete. Expect another mile or so. The trail is easy enough to follow and worth going all the way to the Alpine Mine Overlook. I would rate the trail as more difficult than moderate, but nothing technical - it's just kind of exhausting and steep enough. The worst part is the never ending switchbacks and the fatigue. I took a few breaks, and took it slow and made it up to the overlook in about 2 hours. Take the fork right when you get to it which has a sign for Alpine Mine and Overlook on it. The view at the top is worth the effort and there is a nice space to sit, rest and enjoy the view. For parking, it looked like you could grab an ATV or truck ride to the trailhead, or you can go up the unpaved road a ways and find some parking spaces on your right about a mile down from the trailhead. I had a small Honda and the road started to get a bit rough for my tires after that point.

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Lauren Watts
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This is a pretty tough hike for being rated moderate. It is steep uphill the whole way, on a very narrow trail, but the view at the alpine lookout is well worth it! You can see an almost aerial view of all of Ouray. There’s lots of shade along the way and it’s actually quite cold at the top so bring a light jacket. It seemed quite a bit longer than the signs say; it’s a good workout. We also encountered quite a few on deer which was pretty cool.

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Jason Scott
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Tough elevation gains but awesome views, mixed shade and sun.

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Andy Tomcik
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Patches of knee deep now requiring snow shoes and muddy in between. Views were amazing and worth it. Will hike again and see if I can give it more stars next time.

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Adam Andrade
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Free run descent of switchbacks of Weehawken Trail -

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Mariah Mae
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Amazing views!!

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