Eugenia Mine Trail
ElevationAscent: 158' 48 m
Descent: -180' -55 m
High: 9,848' 3,002 m
Low: 9,675' 2,949 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“This mellow trail in the Longs Peak area visits an old gold mine site with scattered relics.”— Megan W
Family Friendly Easy grades and a chance to sneak some history and fresh air into the kids.
At the high point of this trail, cross the shallow Inn Brook with the aid of wooden logs. Immediately after this crossing is the mine site. You'll see stacked logs that used to be a homestead for Carl Norwell's family. The miner even hauled a piano up here for entertaining. He and his mining partner Dan Slaughter dug a 1000 foot tunnel here in 1905, to extract gold. They worked the mine seasonally for almost 10 years. Look for the yellow mine tailing pile upstream and the tall metal boiler in the creek. The park service sealed the mine shaft for safety reasons.
To reach the end of the Eugenia Mine Trail, continue downhill from the brook towards the northeast. After another 1/3 mile hiking through the forest, enter a meadow near the Moore Park camp area. The Eugenia Mine Trail ends at the intersection with the Estes Cone Trail.
Note- the Longs Peak trailhead parking lot fills early so plan accordingly.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Rocky Mountain National Park