This spectacular hike is in the San Juans in Southwest Colorado, right above Ouray. This trek to an abandoned mine and boarding house high in the Rockies is an adventure of a lifetime!
Be prepared for a multitude of switchbacks and an intense climb, but the reward is immense. Breathtaking views of the San Juans, aerial views of Ouray, the “Swiss Alps of the Rockies”, a large gorgeous mountain waterfall, an abandoned mining boardinghouse, and an abandoned mine make this quite the adventure.
The trail begins next to Amphitheater Campground which is a perfect place to stay while you explore the San Juan’s! This trail winds all the way up the mountain and to upper cascade falls. Crossing the stream below the falls, the abandoned mine is just above.
The altitude gain of this hike is pretty grueling, but keep pushing to the top! Relaxing by the waterfall with sweeping views is quite the experience. Enjoy the boarding house, but remember to leave no trace. Don’t write your initials or leave your mark in any way like you will notice many others have. Just take memories with you!
This is a great weekend roadtrip getaway from Denver. The San Juans are out of this world beautiful and this adventure really gets you immersed in them.
Check out the ruins of an abandoned boarding house and mine! Please remember to leave no trace.
This hike begins at the base of Amphitheater Campground, a breathtaking place to camp. Reserve sites HERE!
The views from this hike are indeed out of this world beautiful!
This hike starts off the road up to Amphitheater Campground above Ouray.