The Enterprise Mine
A day hike up an old road to an abandoned mining camp. This “trail” is really a closed mining road that leads up to a large, old mining complex high on the flanks of the Sawatch Range. The lode was discovered in 1895, rich in silver, gold, zinc, and lead. Soon the Enterprise Mine boasted three shafts, a steam powerhouse, a stamp mill, and an aerial tramway. In 1910, after a number of capital improvements finally made the mine profitable, it was shut down by its parent company. Although the route lies entirely within the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness and there are some fine mountain views from the heights above the mine, this is primarily a historical hike and lacks wilderness qualities. The ruins of the mine and mill site are protected by federal law, and the upper shaft is on private property. These ruins are unstable and dangerous. Do not enter buildings or climb on any structures, and stay away from the mine portals.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Buena Vista|
|Elevation Gain||2,030 ft|
|Season||Late June to mid-October|
|Trailhead Elevation||10,500 ft|
|Top Elevation||12,550 ft|
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