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Eureka Gulch

This is a beautiful trail where you can view what is left of Sunnyside Mill.

Total Miles

4

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Elevation
12,600'
Duration
1 to2 Hours
Technical Rating
4 / 10
Best Time
Summer - Fall

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
Eureka Gulch
This trail will take you to the remains of Sunnyside Mill and then up to Sunnyside Mine. You can take a fun side trip to Judge Terry's Midway Mill ruins and the Angle Tram Station from this trail. There are some really beautiful waterfalls there as well. There is a nice staging area with restrooms at the trailhead. No seasonal closures, but weather may prevent travelling on the road.
History
Eureka was established in 1875 with an active post office until 1942. Sunnyside Mine produced over $50 million. Mines under Lake Emma collapsed in 1978 and the lake drained. No one was hurt, but it took 2 years to clean up the damage. Judge Terry’s Midway Mill was the final destination for ore in the early tramway system. The Angle Tram Station was part of a second tram system to carry ore to the newer Sunnyside Mill. The foundations of this mill can be seen on left as you start up the trail.
Getting There
From the northeast end of Silverton, bear right on County Road 2 and follow signs to Alpine Loop. After 7.7 miles, road curves around campground at Eureka Townsite and crosses a bridge. Watch for wide road that joins on left 0.3 mile after major parking and staging area.
Contact for Current Conditions
San Juan Mountains Center
Silverton
(970) 387-5530