Clear Lake, Bandora Mine

The view from this high mountain lake is worth an afternoon of your time. Bring a picnic.

Total Miles

8

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Elevation
11,950'
Duration
2 to 3 Hours
Technical Rating
3 / 10
Best Time
Summer - Fall

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Trail Overview
Clear Lake, Bandora Mine
Drive through a gorgeous valley, camp, and enjoy amazing biking, hiking and fishing. The climb up is flanked by endless wildflowers. You'll find several options for camping, great for large motorhomes and campers. Bandora Mine is a fun side trip.
History
South Mineral Creek, like so many other areas around Silverton, was the site of silver strikes in the early 1880s. The Bandora Mine, however, was mined much later during World War II. It shut down in 1950. A 1945 article in the Silverton Standard tells the story of Wilbur Tharp Maxwell, a soldier who returned safely from World War II only to be killed in the mine in 1945.
Getting There
Head north from Silverton on U.S. 550 about 2 miles. Turn left on well marked C.R. 7.
Contact for Current Conditions
San Juan Mountains Center
Silverton
(970) 387-5530