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Hiking and Mountain Biking around Cripple Creek Hikers and mountain bikers discover a treasure when they check out Cripple Creek. The famous Gold Camp Trail winds through Poverty Gulch, passing historic mining structures and fields of aspens as hikers make their way up or down the mountains. The Gold Camp Trail is a part of other trail systems, such as the America the Beautiful Trail which runs from Peyton, Colorado to Cripple Creek, Colorado and the national American Discovery Trail, which starts in California and ends in Delaware! Check out our beautiful trail-rich area! The Gold Camp Trail is just one of many trails in the area. The Battle Mountain Trail, designated as a Millennium Trail in 2000, offers beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as well as Stratton’s Independence Mine, the Battle Mountain Mine, the Portland Mine, the Ajax Mine and the Strong Mine. Don’t miss the Vindicator Valley Trail, which features the historic location of the Town of Independence. This 2-mile loop can be accessed by the Golden Circle Trail, adding 1.25 miles that is easily walked by hikers of all ages. For those who are interested in seeing mining operations of old up close, the Independence Mill Site Trail tours through several mining areas that feature remains of foundations from the gold recovery operations. Additionally, the Little Grouse Mountain Trail showcases historic mining equipment with brochures on-site explaining the displays. A trek in the Gold Camp would not be complete without a visit to the American Eagles Overlook. Extraordinary views include the Collegiate and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Continental Divide, Cripple Creek and Victor, and even a view of the caldera of the extinct volcano where the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company is extracting gold ore today. Visitors are encouraged to also explore Mueller State Park, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, thousands of acres of Pike National Forest, and other regional parks that offer a limitless amount of space to explore. For more information, the helpful staff at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center are equipped with maps to help plan your hike, or visit VictorColorado.com/hiking.htm. This informative site provides maps, information on trailheads, history of the trails and tips for hikers and mountain bikers wanting to explore the area. CRIPPLE CREEK TRAILS Vindicator - 2 miles The 2-mile loop Vindicator Valley Trail has two trailheads: one across from Goldfield and one at the Vindicator Mine on Teller County Road 831. Gold Camp Trail - 2 miles The trailheads are just to the west of Hoosier Mine on County Rd. 83, and at the Cripple Creek District Museum. Battle Mountain Trail - 1 mile loop This trail begins at Stratton’s Independence Mine just outside of Victor on the Range View Road. Little Grouse Mountain Trail - 1 mile loop The trail begins at the parking area just west of Victor on the south side of the bridge over Arequa Gulch. Golden Circle Trail - 1.25 miles The Golden Circle Trail begins at Teller County Road 1 across from the Battle Mountain Interpretive Site and at the Independence Mill Site on the American Eagles Road. Independence Mill Site Loop - 1/2 mile loop The trailhead is below the county road across from the Independence Mine and Battle Mtn. Trail. Horsethief Falls Trail - 2.6 miles round trip / Pancake Rocks Trail - 5.5 miles round trip Shared trailhead located off Highway 67, approximately half-way between Divide and Cripple Creek. 12 Cripple Creek


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