Fredonia Gulch

Salida

A steep old mining road that leads to ruins on the slopes of Red Mountain with great views over the Blue River Valley and surrounding peaks.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
3.6 km
Ascent
415 m
Descent
0 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
3.1 km
High Point
3.5 km
Gradient
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Description

This trail makes a great summer hike or winter snowshoe, climbing to views over the trees on the slopes of Red Mountain at an old mine site. The hike follows the old mining road the whole way, but don’t underestimate the difficulty. It maintains a fairly steep grade and climbs more than 1,000 feet in 2 miles.

The scenery is dense conifer forest as the road switchbacks upward for the first 1.7 miles. It then contours across the slope of the gulch, where the gradient lessens somewhat and views open up through occasional gaps in the trees. You can see summits to the south including the 14ers Quandary and Lincoln. Follow the road as it crosses the gulch then takes one more switchback to emerge from the trees once more at the old mine site. Part of the wooden structure remains as well as tailings piles and remains of some equipment. Be careful of sharp objects and unstable ground.

It is possible to bushwhack from here to the north ridge of Red Mountain a few hundred feet higher, and even the summit if you wish, but the trail ends at the mine. Return the way you came to the trailhead for a round trip of about 4 miles.

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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