Weehawken Trail #206 to Alpine Mine and Overlook
ElevationAscent: 2,182' 665 m
Descent: -2,181' -665 m
High: 10,948' 3,337 m
Low: 8,771' 2,673 m
GradeAvg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 46% (25°)
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“Three thousand feet above Ouray? It's a whole different world up there. This hike passes by an old mine along the way.”— Caroline Cordsen
Located only about three miles down Ouray's infamous Yankee Boy Basin, this route is so easy to get to, yet seldom traveled. You'll likely find that you have the trail to yourself or with just a few other foolish souls looking to brave this strenuous undertaking. But don't let the quick elevation gain deter you as the views at the overlook are well worth the tough grind.
As the route gains over 2,000 feet in just three miles, the trail is especially steep and not for the faint of heart.
Turning right, the trail rises with the forest to a bald outcrop and a lofty vantage over Yankee Boy Basin and the surrounding peaks. Folding back to the west, the scree-covered slopes of a steep seasonal drainage heralds hikers into another quick burst of switchbacks to meet with the remains of the mine at the head of the gully. Wrapping to the east side of the drainage to scale the last 700 feet, the terrain levels just shy of 11,000 feet on a moderately exposed ledge near the mine, then gains the overlook’s ridge, some 3,000 feet above Ouray.
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Local Club: Ouray Trail Group
Land Manager: USFS - San Juan National Forest Office
Oct 2, 2019: Pine River Closure Order Lifted