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23 days ago

Good route. It follows the Bard Trail for almost 3 miles to where it crosses the south ridge of Mt Parnassus. You then turn left (north) and head up the ridge to the summit of Parnassus. The descent follows the Watrous Gulch route for Parnassus.

27 days ago

So. Much. Road. Noise. Aside from that it was a pretty hike with interesting mining landmarks, low foot traffic, easy to find and a few good views

You will not get away from I70 noise and that is not why you do this hike. You do this this hike for the history! Park outside the coffee shop and walk up Silver street to the trail. You will not regret it, this hike is cool.

Make sure you get the QR Code Reader or preload the site stories from the web (https://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/index.aspx?nid=846) to learn even more.

Don’t be afraid to go off trail to explore the cool old mining stuff and make sure you go all the way to the 7:30 mine, don’t just stop at the memorial (it’s not much further)!

on Griffin Memorial

1 month ago

Been wanting to do this trail for a while. we hiked up to Site 8, the Griffin Memorial. We should have gone up to the 730 Mine, which is Site 9 on this trail, but we were tired and had to catch the Georgetown Loop train. This will now be one of my all time favorite hikes. I will have to do it again. Thanks to whomever maintains this trail. I think it might be Clear Creek County. My Endomondo tracker counted the mileage to the Memorial as 2.52, rather than half the 3.7 or 1.85 listed here. We knew the elevation at the Memorial was about 10,400, so we just kept heading up until we got to that elevation and there it was, Site 8, Griffin Memorial. The monument looks like a stiff wind could blow it off. Google the history on Clifford Griffin. Very interesting. From elevation in Silver Plume where we parked in front of the coffee shop at 9,160 to the Memorial at 10,416, I calculate an elevation gain of 1,356'. This trail has everything, mines, cables, a tree marked as a "bearing tree"...something I've never encountered in all my years of hiking. Also beautiful aspens, an abundance of
Bristlecone pines, a mine entrance not yet covered with fencing, several grates to let air into the mine. Great trail!

I did this trail anti-clockwise and I think if you are planning to hit the Kelso ridgeline this is the only way to do it.

I found the Kelso ridgeline fairly challenging, but definitely the most rewarding part of the hike. Pretty straight forward for the most part, there is a small wall about half way up, and a knife edge towards the top before you summit Torreys. Definitely a class 3 scramble.

The rest was pretty easy and great views from both peaks.

Although you never lose the sound of I-70, traffic noise is faint and you do get to hear the Georgetown train, which is nice. This a is a nice little trail! It will be spectacular in a few weeks when the aspens turn as most of it is lined by aspens. I saw some golden leaves today, so it's not far off! This would be a good hike for active kids (maybe along with a train ride and/or a visit to one of the mines) since there are QR codes posted so hikers can learn about the mining history.

As other posters commented, this trail is called the 7:30 mine trail to the Griffin Memorial.

Very well trafficked trail. All uphill and the steepness starts around 5m. I did the route clockwise and made it to Grays peak moments before the clouds socked in the peak(just after 9am). As I continued to Torreys the clouds got thicker and sight went no further than 40-50 ft out. The trail up to Torreys rides the edge of the ridge to the peak. Once I was at Torreys peak the ridge that lead to Kelso was narrow and had extremely steep drop offs to both sides. With the lack of sight it made me a bit nervous so I took the shortcut back just below Grays and continued down the route I came up. It wasn't super crowded but there were a fair amount of groups out to conquer a 14er.

1 month ago

Great hike with lots of Colorado history. I love exploring old historic ruins and there are a few worth checking out both on and off the designated trail. I mistakenly took the trail to the far left of town and there were a few mining ruins before I found the real trail which is actually called the 7:30 mine trail. Well marked with interactive signs. Only saw 3 other people the entire hike. If you are into haunted history then going alone to the top of the trail as the sun is setting is a must. The stories say you can hear Griffin’s ghost still is playing his violin or was that the wind? Plenty of murders and rivalries took place up that trail and an avalanche killed 10 Italian migrants who used to live up in the valley. Absolutely fascinating and surreal solo hike. You can stand at the gated mouth of several mine shafts and there are a few caves. Needless to say hiking solo I did not go more than a few steps into the open caves / shafts? Would you? Although not a rural and secluded hike, it gets 5 stars because of what is up that trail.

We are a family of four, from Texas, two kids ages 11 and 12. Was a great hike. It was a moderate climb, Our motto is “relentless forward motion”. We were uncertain if we had missed the monument, but kept forging ahead and it’s probably a half mile further than the map shows. The view was definitely worth the time. This took us about three hours in total we estimated it to be 5.5 miles round-trip. Many thanks to the previous reviewer; we appreciate the comments about the lack of parking. We tend to agree drove up and then drive back down I found parking on one of the streets. For those that geocache, look for an extra surprise!

2 months ago

Parked in downtown Silver Plume. No room for parking cars at trailhead. Just a few block walk to trailhead though. I’m pretty sure it’s closer to 5 miles round trip. Lots of climbing in the first couple miles. Lots of old mine debris along the way makes for an interesting hike. The view from the memorial is fantastic.

3 months ago

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.

6 months ago

Great hike for myself and my dog!

9 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 ♥️

11 months ago

Saturday, September 30, 2017

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.

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