Fourth of July Mine

Estes Park, Colorado

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Although presumably played out now, beginning on Independence Day, 1872, this site marked by rusting mining equipment produced lots of silver. On Independence Day, 1872, prospector C. C. Alvord proved the virtue of working on holidays when he discovered silver deposits on the south side of South Arapaho Peak. The resulting excavation he called Fourth of July Mine. Today rusting mine remnants still mark the site. Some hikers maintain that the name identifies the date when snow finally melts enough to open dry-shod access to Arapaho Pass while watering impressive trailside displays of subalpine flowers and ground-hugging tundra flowers. The Arapaho Pass Trail climbs from the Fourth of July Trailhead in a narrow track of consistent grade, clinging to the very steep north wall of the valley of North Fork Middle Boulder Creek. Views across the valley to Mount Neva are impressive.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Although presumably played out now, beginning on Independence Day, 1872, this site marked by rusting mining equipment produced lots of silver.

On Independence Day, 1872, prospector C. C. Alvord proved the virtue of working on holidays when he discovered silver deposits on the south side of South Arapaho Peak. The resulting excavation he called Fourth of July Mine. Today rusting mine remnants still mark the site.

Some hikers maintain that the name identifies the date when snow finally melts enough to open dry-shod access to Arapaho Pass while watering impressive trailside displays of subalpine flowers and ground-hugging tundra flowers. The Arapaho Pass Trail climbs from the Fourth of July Trailhead in a narrow track of consistent grade, clinging to the very steep north wall of the valley of North Fork Middle Boulder Creek. Views across the valley to Mount Neva are impressive.

© 2017 Kent Dannen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 4.0
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder CO 80310; (303) 541-2500; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Monarch Lake, Nederland
Driving Directions: Directions to Fourth of July Mine

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