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.
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.