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started around 9 and finished around 12 or so. Really enjoyed the summit but flies and gnats were kinda driving my son and I buggy. Very interesting history along the trail. I would do this one again. the gate at the entrance was cool. Really enjoyed sitting at the bench a relaxing for bit.

10 days ago

Fun little hike, park at the end of the street and walk down the private road to find the trail head. I saw a few people on the trail but not busy at all. It is a slight down hill down to the mine, then be prepared for the slight uphill all the way back up. Maybe 1/4 of the way down, on the right you can see the small entrance to the Golden Gem Mine, then the trail continues down to Warlock Mine (opened in 1870), you can see a lot of remains of the old buildings and the entrance to the mine.

We really enjoyed this hike! It has several climbs to really give you a workout but it is a varied terrain so you can recover before the next big climb. We walked right past the cows, as they were hanging out in the trail with us. Tons of gnats in the shady, creek spots.

Me and my 6 year old son did this hike. The view at the top was awesome. The hike was very easy to navigate, nothing crazy.

1 month ago

i did the hike by myself and didnt see anyone at all, no one bothered me about passing the "private road" sign. its a super easy hike with no real inclines, some overgrowth, tons of fire ants, and beautiful mountains. i went in mid july and during the last 30 minutes of my hike it started to rain! but i saw the most beautiful rainbow.

the only 'con' was that i was super sketched out by the junk/shacks/campers dumped around. approaching the first one (crap everywhere!) i saw empty bullet shells all over the ground, and because i was a girl hiking by myself i almost turned around. fortunately it seems like its all abandoned, i didnt hear or see anyone in any of the shacks or motor homes. does anyone know if people actually live there?

1 month ago

Fun to watch the soaring vultures and ravens. Insects (flying termites?) at the top not as enjoyable.

1 month ago

This is probably a pretty good hike, however, I tried to start at 1:30pm and it was way too hot to continue. I know... that's too late to start, but I decided to give it a go. It's pretty steep, and not many flat areas. I'll do it again but in the Fall or early AM.

1 month ago

The views are gorgeous. Parking is $10. The trail begins between campsites 37&38.