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Via Mt. Hope Mine Trail

Via Mt. Hope Mine Trail

Via Mt. Hope Mine Trail

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.10852°N / 106.61356°W

Object Title: Via Mt. Hope Mine Trail

Route Type: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: hike

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Created/Edited: Jul 17, 2010 / Nov 18, 2015

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Getting There

You will not see any signs for Green Mountain Trailhead on Route 82. The trailhead sits at a nonspecific pull-off area on Route 82 between the well marked Lost Man Trailhead and Independence Lake (Linkins Lakes) Trailhead. The GPS coordinates for the trailhead are:
39 Deg 06.511 min, North
106 Deg 36.814 min, West

From the town of Aspen, drive 14 miles east on Route 82 until you see the sign for Lost Man Campground and Trailhead. Continue east a short distance until you see a small pull-off area. The pull-off sits just before (to the west of) an abandoned mining structure by the side of the road (and before the signed area for the ghost town of Independence). Once you get out of your car, you will see an abandoned Jeep Road and a gate that is closed to motorized vehicles.

Route 82 in this area is closed in winter.

Route Description

All distances are per my GPS.

10800 ft
zero miles
Mt. Hope Mine
11500 ft
1.45 miles
11600 ft
0.25 miles
11980 ft
0.55 miles
12791 ft
0.85 miles
3.1 miles

At the trailhead, go down a short distance to reach the stream (Roaring Fork River). There is no bridge. You will have to cross the stream. In early July, after some searching, we were able to find a spot to cross the stream. Depending on water level, you might have to take your boots off and walk in the water.
Stream Crossing
Stream Crossing

Follow the trail (abandoned Jeep Road) up the slopes through a sparse growth of pine trees and past several switchbacks until you reach the remains of Mt. Hope Mine.

You will see a few crumbling log structures.
Mt. Hope Mine Remains

Continue the road a short distance higher until you reach a big boggy meadow. A forest of pine trees can be seen on the other side of the meadow.

The trail seems to end here. You will find a somewhat of a clearing in the forest on the left side. Go up the cleared area.
Clearing in the Forest
Clearance in the forest

You will then reach tree-line at the base of Point 12242 ft.
Below the Saddle
Near Tree-line

Head west and hike just above the tree-line to reach the 11980 ft saddle at the base of the 12690 ft sub-peak.
11890 ft Saddle
11980 ft Saddle

Hike up easy grassy slopes. You can go to the top of the 12690 ft sub-peak or bypass it on its southern slopes. At the base of the summit of Green Mountain itself, you will see a small rocky area that can be easily climbed.

Just below summit
Base of Summit

Essential Gear

Hiking Equipment.


Clearing in the ForestMap