• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.5 Miles

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Scenic

This short, easy hike features beautiful foliage in the autumn months and the historic Roosevelt mine. This is a relatively secluded trail with dispersed camping options not far from the trailhead.

Abandoned in 1919, Roosevelt Mine is a lost treasure of Gunnison County, Colorado. Exactly three miles outside the tiny town of Ohio City is the unmarked trailhead on the side of a road pull off for Roosevelt the mine. The trail is otherwise well established and easy to follow. The trail is a little more than a half mile long and boasts amazing views of both the surrounding mountains and Quartz Creek. As the trail ascends, there are several structures which used to provide power to the tiny mining communities back in the early 1900s. None of these structures are off limits and hikers can explore them more deeply just by stepping off the side of the trail.

After about fifteen minutes of hiking you will arrive at Roosevelt mine. The entrance is open, and anyone can step inside and take a look around the historical gold mining facility. Further down the mine is barricaded for safety, but the lighting still allows for some interesting photography to be taken of the mysterious depths of the mine. Outside the mine, there are many different places to take pictures both of the mine, and of the forested mountains which surround the area for miles. The structure itself is very stable, and hikers shouldn't shy away from exploring the connected buildings adjacent to the mine.

Because the mine is relatively unknown, it is fairly unlikely that you'll encounter any other people on this hike. The lack of people to this area also means that the mine has been very well preserved and is still in great condition. Roosevelt Mine is the perfect place for explorer who likes to hike with the added element of old west history.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes (waterproof recommended)
  • Camera
  • Tent for camping near the area (if desired).
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The trail is now marked "fishermans trail." Camped a mile past the trailhead right near the river and enjoyed the peaceful, grassy spot! Great little hike if your passing by the area; we took out-of-towners who wanted an easy quiet hike on our way back from telluride and it was perfect.

6 months ago
6 months ago

Katie Lyons Explorer

Trail running, skiing, and photography enthusiast from Gunnison, CO.

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