Miners Creek Trail

MinersCreekOf all the trails we hiked in Creede, Miners Creek was my favorite. Just a short drive from our RV park, it was easy to get there in time to see dew still on the trees and flowers.

I was a little nervous – first about the “Bear Country” sign …

Bear Countryand then about crossing the first bridge we came to – but Scott easily helped me across.

ScottOnBridge

Then we were off through pine forests, aspen groves and hills covered with slag and wildflowers.

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Forest

AspenSky

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.”

EveningPrimrose

Locoweed

I was also enchanted with the first of many wild mushrooms we would see in the forests surrounding Creede.

WildMushroom

BlackMushroom

Wild raspberries were plentiful and sweet, as was the solitude.

WildRaspberries

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.

Chipmunk

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.

4 Comments

  1. Colleen
    Oct 5, 2013

    That was a bridge????

  2. Janie
    Oct 6, 2013

    You make a good point, Colleen! Perhaps “crossing” would have been a better choice of words – haha!

  3. cindy slick
    Oct 7, 2013

    Loved your pictures and stories as always. Excuse me Simon and Garfunkel but I have renamed the one photo, “Water Under Troubled Bridge” Miss you!

  4. Janie
    Oct 8, 2013

    Hi Cindy! It’s clear to me that I misspoke when I referred to that dilapidated wood pile as a “bridge” – haha! I love your wit and will call to schedule time for us to get together! Meanwhile, thanks for reading – I love having you along.

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