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Marion Mine

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Trail

3.9 mile 6.3 kilometer loop
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 889' 271 m
Descent: -886' -270 m
High: 9,679' 2,950 m
Low: 8,822' 2,689 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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This is a steep scramble up to an old mine.

Isaac Bozeman

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The trail is best used from June through October.

Overview

This hike will take you through meadows, steep canyons, creeks, and eventually to a waterfall and abandoned mine.

Description

Starting from the Cisneros Trailhead across from Spruce and Ponderosa group campgrounds, follow the Cisneros Trail as it makes a steady climb up steep terrain. Eventually, the trail reaches a junction with the Marion Mine Route. Use the Hiking Project mobile app to make sure you don't miss it! Make a right here and follow this unmaintained route up Amethyst Creek to reach Marion Mine.

Along the way, you'll come across a cabin by a creek. That was an old cabin used by someone in the mining era, however as you can see, someone purchased it. It is now in good shape and inhabited. The trail will be pretty steep for most of the hike, but it is well worth it. If you come in the right season, there will be lots of wild raspberries and strawberries growing just off the trail.

The trail begins at the Cisneros Trailhead in Lake Isabel Recreation Area. If you don't feel like camping there are nice cabins at The Pine Lodge (thepinelodge.net/), and you can get a good bite to eat at the Lodge (not to be confused with the cabins) across the street from San Isabel Lake.

Flora & Fauna

Aspens, raspberries, strawberries, grass, mountain lions, bears, bobcats, marmot, deer, and raccoons can be found here.

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Aug 18, 2019
Sherlock Ho
Jun 29, 2019
Gary Smith
May 3, 2019
Patrick Iverson
Trail is clear. Great Hike!
Nov 2, 2018
Micah Bontrager
Pretty snowy and slushy. We didn’t have snowshoes or gaiters, and we managed fine. Waterproof boots a must tho. Really fun hike! 3.9mi
Sep 29, 2018
charles watkins
Spectacular aspens 3.2mi
Jun 16, 2018
Isaac Bozeman
Sep 2, 2017
Omar Albayati

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