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Iron Chest Mine

Challenging but classic ride with options to see Ghost House and an old mine.

Total Miles

2

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Elevation
12,000'
Duration
3 to 4 Hours
Technical Rating
8 / 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
Iron Chest Mine
Very challenging trail, but a classic favorite with outstanding views at the top. Explore Iron Chest Mine and Ghost House. Obey all signs and do not enter any structures. Following the rules will keep this trail open.
History
The buildings at Iron Chest Mine are over 100 years old and are in relatively good condition given the 12,000-ft. altitude. A giant pulley lies on the ground in front of a large tram house with tram towers going down the mountain. Just over the high ridge above the mine is the Mary Murphy Mine, which can be reached via Pomeroy Lakes, Trail #41. Take a short 250-yard hike to the interesting Ghost House near start of trail. The cabin was built in 1886. Flattened tin cans were used as roof shingles.
Getting There
From Johnson Village, head south on Hwy. 285 about 6 miles. Just past Nathrop, turn right on C.R. 162. Go west 15.4 miles to parking/ staging area (with toilet) on left. Immediately after parking area, bear left on C.R. 295 where road forks right to St. Elmo. Watch for small road and parking area on left after 0.4 mile. (Don’t confuse with Grizzly at 0.2 mile.)
Contact for Current Conditions
San Isabel National Forest
It is mostly on private property and is not considered a forest system road. It does not appear on an MVUM but has been open for years.
(406) 542-2805