The Hilltop Mine Trail

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The Hilltop Mine Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fairplay, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

2.6 miles
905 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


horseback riding

nature trips

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers


An old mining facility still in decent condition located well above treeline. From the closure gate continue hiking along the road past the Dauntless mine. After ascending a hill the road will curve to the right (watch for arrows made from rocks in the road to help you). There are several spur roads off of the main one, however most don't take you far before you realize your on the wrong path. You will see on the hillside above you the Hilltop mine and the road leading to it. This is your destination. The road passes around a small pond and then does a switchback up the last steep slope to the mine. As you go up the switchbacks look downhill back towards Leavick and you will see the remains of the arial tram towers that once carried ore from the Hilltop Mine all the way down to Leavick. Follow the road between two old bunk houses (one still standing) then come up from the backside of the Hilltop Mine to view it. If you look up to the saddle above you will see a couple of the remaining telegraph poles and wires.

9 months ago

Beautiful! My fiancé and our 3 children hiked to the ridge line at about 13,200 in the early afternoon and turned around...the hike is wonderfully scenic, without a ton of traffic.

9 months ago

Made it to just over 13,000 feet. The winds were about 40 mph, so had to turn back. Would love to try to make it to summit when winds aren’t so rough.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Amazing historical site!

8 months ago

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sunday, July 17, 2016