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This is the steepest hike I’ve done in a while. Total scramble, not really a trail beyond the valley, but I’d recommend following up one of the tributaries. No lakes for doggies, but still plenty of water in the streams which are frequent enough. Good luck, bring poles for the scramble down.

3 months ago

Great hike for myself and my dog!

6 months ago

Awesome views but noisy from the highway below.

I would give this trail a five, however it didn’t have much of a climb to it and the freeway noise is kind of a bummer however I didn’t see a soul the whole hike, great views, lots to look at. The discard of silver mining and mines were fun, it was a nice hike. Silver Plume, captured my ♥️

8 months ago

very cool and lots of stuff to be amazed by

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The trail is minimally developed due to the relatively low traffic. At times the trail is there and at other times you have to make your own trail. For my son and me that was part of the charm. After seeing two people early on, we had the hike to ourselves.

The views once over the timberline are well worth the hike. For us this was a good warm up hike.

on Griffin Memorial

Friday, July 07, 2017

Great trail with lots of views. Fair warning though...it's all uphill to the memorial but worth it. Silver Plume is a cute town.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

this was great and would be a good one to start preparing for a 14er. it's quick but felt like the beginning of a bigger hike.

Monday, June 05, 2017

A really cool and pretty hike in Silver Plume, right off the I-70 and about 50 min from Denver. It's 3+ miles round trip but has some definite elevation gain throughout to the summit. Once you're mid-way in the hike, you forget you are as close to the highway. Some abandoned mine shafts and creek with a beautiful view at the summit.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Good place to stop and stretch your legs if you're driving along I-70. The dog loved the trail!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Heavy traffic noise from I-70 the entire way detracted from the experience

Sunday, October 23, 2016

I made it all the way to the falls and did not keep going towards up to the memorial, the hike totalled round trip 4.4 miles.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hike was a bit challenging at the beginning but beautiful. Parking lot for the trail is non existent.

Monday, October 10, 2016

I give it a 3.5 because I might go back to camp up there were the chimney is at and it was cool hearing the horn of the railroad train and watching it from a distance. It did have some nice views too although most of the hike is surrounded by trees from both sides. There were some old gold mine sites that were fun to look at and this trail was likely originally used to transport ore down the mountain.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The beginning of this hike will definitely kick your butt if you are not used to the altitude. It starts off with a steep incline on the first couple of switchbacks, but then gets a bit easier. Be sure to take plenty of breaks in the beginning, as you end up climbing over 1000ft so you'll want to save your breath. There was a good number of old buildings and remnants of the mining structures. These were really cool to explore and take pictures of. We came across a couple old mine shafts that were unfortunately (yet understandably) sealed shut. They would have been fun to explore, but also would have been very dangerous. Once you get to the top and are a couple hundred feet from the memorial (it will be to your left) you can go right and explore more towards the waterfall you can see from the memorial. This led us to more old mining equipment and another sealed mine (it is visible from the memorial and looks like a cave). The views the whole way are great, we loved getting higher and higher and seeing Silver Plume get smaller and smaller. The aspens are starting to turn, which offered some very colorful sights.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Great hike, rich history, wonderful scenic views of the almost ghost town of Silver Plume. This was a great hike for kids 6 and over.
Steep incline at the beginning of the hike brings the hiker high above the town. 5 switch-backs wind to the monument. The trail is very well maintained (in fact, actively being maintained as we were using the trail) with only a couple steeper spots that were easily navigable.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

It's a very good trail for an short hike near Denver. Park on the Main Street in town, do not pull right up to the trailhead. There is no parking there and it's pretty rough on a smaller car. First mile is fairly steep and a good workout. Things level out a little before another steep maybe 2/10 mile section at the top. You really get a feel for the history of the place when as you see old mine equipment and buildings a few times throughout the trail. Definitely read up on Clifford Griffon before you go.
You can pass the memorial and keep going for about a half mile on good trail. You will cross a creek in a sketchy little area but other than it's very tame.
I would have given this a higher rating but for the noise of the interstate. You hear it the whole time except for when very close to the stream.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Great hike. Will definitely be doing it again. Spectacular views and cool story/lore surrounding the trail.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Worth doing with a great story from Wikipedia pasted as follows:
According to legend, Mr. Griffin came from the state of New York, where he was raised. Griffin became engaged in New York, but his fiance tragically, and mysteriously, died the night before their wedding. Her death was contributed to unnameable "natural causes", and to escape the painful memories of his beloved, he moved to Colorado with his brother, who eventually became the owner of the 7:30 Mine (so named because their day shift started a generous hour later than the other mines, who started at 6:30 AM). Clifford became the manager of the 7:30, and was much loved by his miners for his kindness. According to local legend, every Christmas he bought all his miners a goose for their families, and every Fourth of July, he paid off every bar between Silver Plume and current-day Bakerville 4 miles (6 km) to the west, so his miners could enjoy their holiday without spending their family's money. Not only did he take care of his miners, every evening he provided him with entertainment as well. Since he could not bear the daily sight of his men with their wives and families after his tragedy, he spent a great deal of time near the entrance to the 7:30, which sits about 1,500 feet (460 m) above the town of Silver Plume. Every evening he would sit near the edge of a nearby cliff and play his violin. Due to the incredible acoustics of the valley, the entire town could step outside and listen to his concerts. According to local legend, one evening, after a particularly beautiful recital, the residents heard a gunshot. Assuming the worst, the miners of the 7:30 raced up the trail to the entrance, and there they found Clifford Griffin, shot through the heart, in a grave he'd dug himself. A note in the nearby Manager's Office told the tale. It asked the residents of Silver Plume to leave him where he lay, because that's where he'd experienced the most happiness since his wife died. Not only did they follow his request, the town erected a 10-foot-tall Gunnison Granite monument in his honor, directly on top of his grave site. The monument can still be seen today, on the cliffs directly in front of the 7:30 Mine.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

I'm shocked there is not a review about this hike! I really loved this hike and I really didn't expect to. Its starts in Silver Plume, opposite end of the same street as the Georgetown-Silver Plume Train. Super easy incline, the trail itself is actually an old railroad track bed so despite how high you go its not all that strenuous. When I went in May, there was still a little bit of snow at the higher elevation to go around but really nothing to that made me think I should turn around. The trail is speckled with old mining ruins and mine tailings. One would call this a downside, but I think it added character to the hike. You can hear the train when its makes its loop. My poor dogs were confused briefly by it but I enjoyed trying to spot the train from different viewpoint, kind of like I-Spy. At the start of the trail you can hear I-70 but the noise pollution does taper off. I did not run into a single soul on the trail, which is was one of the best things about this trail. Once you get to the Pavilion Point, there are a few dispersed campsites. the Pavilion Point used to be a Summertime Retreat that folks back in the day came to escape from the Summer heat. All that stands now its a lovely chimney and fireplace. By the looks of it, you could still make a fire in it today. If you continue past the chimney you will get spit out on to Guanella Pass. This trail links up with Leavenworth Creek Rd. You could continue on that up to Waldorf is my understanding. I will be back to this trail many times over and I will try to camp here soon!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

This was a great trail! I had done it years ago, and wanted to try it again. It was just as I remember it being. The trail is a little steeper at the beginning, but flattens out for a while. It does get steeper toward the top. The trail at the top is very loose shale from mine tailings and rock slides, so tread lightly as the trail is washed out and very narrow in spots. Along the way, you'll pass many abandoned mines, so there is a lot of history to observe. There are wild strawberries and raspberries in abundance too! Once at the monument, it's a great spot to have a picnic/sandwich and observe the scenery. If you go past the monument, there is old mining equipment to see, as well as the river. I did not go much past this since the storm clouds were rolling in.

This is a great hike for someone who wants something fun to do for a short outing . It took me about 3 hours up and back, but I did stop to enjoy the scenery. It was enjoyable to listen to the sound of the steam whistle from the Georgetown loop.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

This is a great history/adventure hike (not so impressive as a nature hike). The trail is an old mining road - littered with old equipment and buildings. Note: most of the mine access points are gated shut, but beware, you can still find a few open caves. The trail itself is in pretty good condition, some areas near the peak have eroded away into thin ribbons. The monument itself is just epic - take a map or you'll miss it. The one con about this hike: I70. You can see (and thus hear) I70 for the entirety of the hike.
Also: there is no 'trail head' for this hike. Just park on Main Street and walk up the dirt road to the "7:30 Mine Road." You will see signs for the recreational trail.

Monday, August 27, 2012

I was going to hike this one but couldn't get to the trailhead with my tiny car! Rocky dirt road on the side of a mountain to get to the trailhead. Be ready for some rocky terrain!

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