Griffin Monument

Silver Plume, Colorado

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The old wagon road (nonmotorized) to the 7:30 Mine climbs steadily above Silver Plume, past relics of the silver boom of the 1880s. Bristlecone pines, lodgepole pines, and aspens line the trail. After 1.5 miles, the trail becomes narrower, and occasionally you’ll have to negotiate a side-sloping, slippery route. Local residents have been working hard to improve and maintain the trail, which is not easy at this altitude on steep terrain. The Gri?n Monument obelisk stands on a rock outcropping below the 7:30 Mine Road near the upper mouth of Brown Gulch. A little farther up the narrow trail are two rusting boilers from the 7:30 Mine, the remains of which lie across the creek.

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"The old wagon road (nonmotorized) to the 7:30 Mine climbs steadily above Silver Plume, past relics of the silver boom of the 1880s. Bristlecone pines, lodgepole pines, and aspens line the trail. After 1.5 miles, the trail becomes narrower, and occasionally you’ll have to negotiate a side-sloping, slippery route.

Local residents have been working hard to improve and maintain the trail, which is not easy at this altitude on steep terrain. The Gri?n Monument obelisk stands on a rock outcropping below the 7:30 Mine Road near the upper mouth of Brown Gulch. A little farther up the narrow trail are two rusting boilers from the 7:30 Mine, the remains of which lie across the creek."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Silver Plume
Distance: 3.7
Elevation Gain: 1,110 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1.5 to 2.5 hours
Season: Best mid-June through mid-October.
Local Contacts: George Rowe Museum, 315 Main Street, Silver Plume; 303-569-2562 (summer season)
Local Maps: USGS Georgetown; National Geographic Trails Illustrated 104 Idaho Springs/Loveland Pass
Driving Directions: Directions to Griffin Monument

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May 2018