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An old jeep road up to an abandoned mine.


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2.9

Miles

4.7

KM

Out and Back

8,016' 2,443 m

High

7,509' 2,289 m

Low

609' 186 m

Up

609' 186 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Historical Significance · River/Creek · Views

Overview

The Uranium Mine Trail is a lesser-traveled hike than nearby Fish Creek Falls. It offers some unique views of the same valley and visits a historical mining site.

Need to Know

There is a $5 access fee to Routt National Forest.

Description

This hike follows Uranium Mine Road #322 up from the Fish Creek trailhead. There are beautiful views across the valley of Fish Creek Falls that you don't get from any other vantage point. It is wide open with no tree coverage for the first half of the trail, which means it can get hot in the summer. The top has wide open views of the Yampa Valley.

Once the trail reaches a rocky outcrop, it bends to the right and romantically meanders through some pine and aspen forests, with little elevation gain, until it reaches Uranium Mine. There is a little path that leads to the mouth of the mine, but the opening has been gated to keep people from entering.

History & Background

The mine was originally dug in the early 1950s, when uranium was needed to help develop the country's stockpile of nuclear weapons. Deposits here were found not to be economically viable for mining, and it was abandoned. Now, it's a great little day hike close to downtown Steamboat.

Contacts

Shared By:

Chris Gilbertson with improvements by W Buck and 1 other

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Continue on the trail 1/4 mile past the mine and you'll find a nice view of Fish Creek.
Jun 3, 2022 near Steambo…, CO
Fish Creek Falls!
Jan 30, 2015 near Steambo…, CO
Early June after a snowy winter. Rushing waters.
Nov 11, 2019 near Steambo…, CO
A view of Thunderhead and Rudi's Run from the west.
Aug 19, 2019 near Steambo…, CO

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Jun 28, 2024
Levi Silvertab
2.9mi
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Parker James
Nice hike. Lots of rocks and boulders. Beautiful mountain river that was fun to get in. 3mi — 1h 41m
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Katie Osland
1.5mi — 1h 37m
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