Hardrock Trail Work
- There were many Hardrock runners in the Silverton area last weekend, July
4-8. We enjoyed the high country and especially the fresh rain. We also
took the time to contribute to the community by improving a couple of area
On Friday afternoon, Emily Loman, Ernst Baer, and I spent a few hours
brushing out the Anvil Mountain trail which snakes up the hillside north
above the Shrine Road. This old built trail provided access to the mines
along a vein that is visible from town. The trail continues up Anvil
Mountain, traverses to a saddle at the head of Soda Gulch and, with a
little effort, you can find your way up to the Anvil Mountain ridge
southwest of the saddle. Earlier in the day, we had hiked the Anvil
Mountain loop to the Irene Mine and down Niagara Gulch. We came back up
and were able to work the trail about 500 verticle feet up Anvil before a
nice shower moved in. The rain looked intense up toward Howardsville.
On Monday, John DeWalt; Tim, Melody, & Chuck Varner; John Robinson and his
mother Joanne; Hal Winton; and I were able to force our way, using bow saws
and loppers, a considerable distance west along the Silverton Railroad bed
from where the Hardrock route goes down to the Mineral Creek crossing. The
Silverton Railroad was built by Otto Mears beginning in the mid 1880s and
provided transportation from Silverton over Red Mountain Pass to Ironton.
Today, the bed is abandoned and often overgrown with thick doghair aspen
and evergreen forest. When the roadbed is brushed out, we should have a
great trail at nice grade from Silverton to the Ophir Pass road at Burro
Bridge. It will then be possible to run or hike from Silverton to
Telluride almost entirely on trails. Mountain bikers should also enjoy the
route up above highway 550.
In future months and years, we hope to be able to do more trail work to
improve the outdoor running opportunities around the Hardrock area.
I'm not sure that Rick Trujillo, who organizes the Hardrock trail work, is
on this list so I'm responding to Brad.
The planned Hardrock trail work schedule is for July 6/7, Sat/Sun. But, as
you know, that schedule may change. I recommend that everyone interested
in doing the trail work contact Rick directly (rstrux@...) to make sure
you are kept up to date on schedule as well as location and other
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone up in the San Juans.
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