Vindicator Valley LbNA # 44375
|Placed Date||Nov 2 2008|
|Found By||Woodland Wanderer|
|Last Update||May 4 2012|
Travel back in time along this historic 2 mi. interpretive loop trail. The structures you see won’t last forever and really are a testament to all the hard work and ingenuity needed to make a go of it back in the days of hard rock gold mining. By the efforts of the Southern Teller County Focus Group we can all enjoy this trail.
Be aware this is an active mining district on private property owned by the Cripple Creek &Victor Gold Mining Company. Please obey all signs and stay on the trail.
This trail ranges in altitude from 9500 to 10500 feet so be ready for mountain weather and high altitude challenges. There are 2 trailheads. One at the highest elevation, and one lower down. The only decision you need to make is when in your walk that you want to gain altitude i.e.: breathe hard, get your heart going, sweat, and take frequent rest stops.
Driving Directions: From Colorado Springs go west on Hwy 24 up the Ute Pass to the 4 corners in Divide. Turn south onto Hwy 67 for 13.4 miles. Turn left onto CR 81 toward Victor. Just after the turn there is a map to look at in the pullout after the boulders on the right. You are heading to #16 on that map.
A) Directions to Upper Trailhead: Travel 5.2 mi. south on CR81. Turn right onto CR 831 (the 2nd road past the 2nd cattle guard on CR81). There is a sign on a large piece of rock: “Victor City of Mines”. Follow this for .4 mi to the trailhead on left and park by the Vindicator Mine headframe at the split rail fence. Hint: Start left on the trail to find the box quicker.
B) Directions to Lower Trailhead: Travel 5.6 mi south on CR 81. The trailhead is on your right with a porta potty. Hint: Start uphill on the trail to find the box quicker.
Somewhere on this interpretive trail are 2 Colorado Blue Spruce Trees standing like sentinels on each side of the trail. The rest of the evergreens on this trail are Bristlecone or Limber Pine. If approached from below, the spruce trees seem to frame the Vindicator Mine headframe between them. There is a big rock pile just to the south of these trees on the east side of the trail. The Vindicator Valley box is lying beneath the green rocks within 2 feet of the spruce tree close to the bottom of the rock pile. . No need to climb on the rocks.
Please rehide well as this location is easily spotted from the trail.
Box Contents: Journal and 2-sided amateur handmade stamp (my first attempt).
Bring camera, binocs, drinks, clothing appropriate for mountain temps and weather, and sunscreen.