Chief Ouray Mine

#3 of 134 trails in Uncompahgre National Forest

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Steep hike to beautiful secluded falls, overlook of Ouray, and famous mine

Follow the trail located directly behind the sign and head uphill. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. When you reach a T junction take a left. Remember this location so you don't miss this turn on your return trip. Continue along this trail as it heads into the Amphitheater. At the Y intersection veer left (uphill) and begin a tough set of switchbacks that will take you up the amphitheater wall. The trail will then traverse West, cross the ridge and traverse back East to the Falls. Carefully cross Cascade Creek. This crossing can be trick with high water or ice present. After the crossing follow the trail to the bunkhouse, go through the bunkhouse, and continue on the trail on the other side. The next building is the mine building, and if you descend a little and continue a short ways you will find the old mine shaft. Return the way you came.

From the town of Ouray head South out of town on Highway 550. After the second switchback turn left onto the Amphitheater Campground road. At the first switchback on this road look for a sign and parking area on the left. Park here




2 Completed 2 Reviews

Loved this hike. The waterfalls, gorgeous. Views of the town, wonderful. Exploring the abandoned mining shacks, very fun.



6 Completed 5 Reviews

This was an awesome trail. It, like most trails out of Ouray, is pretty extraneous since most of the trail is pretty steep. But the views are definitely worth it. You get to see the town from a vantage point like none other for starters. Not only that but you get to see the historic mine, machine shop, and lodge. There are also other mines you pass along the way. You also get to see the upper cascade fall up close. There are two trail heads for this trail.. One in town off of 5th street I believe and one at the amphitheater, which is where I started. Although it rained on us both on the way up and back down, it was definitely worth the hike.



4 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful! Amazing views from start to finish. I agree with the review that said not for those afraid of heights. Very steep and challenging but worth it!



1 Completed 1 Reviews

This trail is absolutely amazing!