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
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.
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