Miners Creek Trail
I was a little nervous – first about the “Bear Country” sign …
Then we were off through pine forests, aspen groves and hills covered with slag and wildflowers.
I later identified two of the flowers we saw as Evening Primrose and what I think is one of about 5 dozen species of Astragalus or “locoweed.”
I was also enchanted with the first of many wild mushrooms we would see in the forests surrounding Creede.
Wild raspberries were plentiful and sweet, as was the solitude.
We saw only two other hikers and a few birds and chipmunks our first time out. Scott made a mental note of where he might come back to fish, and I vowed to return with my better camera to capture more flower images.
Miners Creek Trail – By the Numbers:
- Trail #803
- Begins at Forest Department Road (FDR) #507
- Length: 7 miles. We hiked until we reached a creek crossing that was running pretty high. Hiking wimp that I am, I tried to persuade Scott to go ahead, but he wouldn’t leave me, so we called it a day at 5 miles.
- Duration: 3 hours, but we took a lot of breaks for taking photos and enjoying a snack of trail mix, string cheese and buffalo sausage
- Rated: Moderate
- Elevation gain: 2,500 ft. (9,000 to 11,500 ft.)
It was a perfect outing.