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Uranium Mine Snowshoe

Fish Creek Recreation Area

Park Range Area, Colorado

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  • Information signs in the parking area.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Bathrooms in the parking area.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Walking back down the road toward the trailhead.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Beginning the ascent.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Looking up the hill as the sun emerges.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Looking toward an inevitable snowstorm.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Switchback up the hill.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Looking back down the trail.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Trail up the hill- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Trail after a switchback.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Ice climbers on the frozen Fish Creek Falls.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Looking up Fish Creek Canyon.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Rock outcrop.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Passing cliffs before heading into the woods.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Snowfall on the Uranium Mine Trail.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Sun and snow flurries.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Headed toward a lookout.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Uranium Mine sign.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Snow falling as the sun shines in the valley.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Looking down the valley. towards Steamboat- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • View of the ski area down the valley.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Coming around a bend before the final descent.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Checking the view.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
  • Headed down in the setting sun.- Uranium Mine Snowshoe
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Solitude. Historical significance.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Park Range Area, CO
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
500.00 ft (152.40 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,513.00 ft (2,289.96 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Uranium Mine Trail is a less known hike that takes off just down the road from the more popular Fish Creek Falls Trail. From the upper parking lot head back down the road, staying on the right side, and look for the unmarked trail leading up the hill to the right. The trail starts off climbing a bit with a few switchbacks, and it gains the majority of its elevation in the first half of the hike. Enjoy the views up Fish Creek Canyon and look for ice climbers on Fish Creek Falls across the 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. Look for the sign to the left that may or may not be buried under the snow. There is a little path that leads to the mouth of the mine, but the opening has been gated to keep people from the danger of a roof collapse and radon gas. This claim was prospected for uranium in the 1950s, but deposit samples were not found to be economically viable for mining and it was abandoned. For a tour call 970.871.9151. Registration is required.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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