Mears Trail

Trail Details

Round Trip 3.6 miles
Starting Altitude 9,600ft
Highest Point 9,900ft
Elevation Gain 300ft
Round Trip 1-3 hours



The Ironton trails begin 7 miles south of Ouray on US 550; parking for Crystal Lake trailhead at the northern end of the Ironton valley is on the left, south of the St. Germain Foundation stone building. Park there. Go across the Crystal Lake dam. The old Mears road and trailhead are to the left.


The trail is a 1.8 mile bike and hiking loop from Crystal Lake south to the Larson Brothers Mine. Eventually it will reach the Mountain King Mine 4 miles south, cross the highway and return on the east side of the valley past the Joker Tunnel, running northward through Ironton to the St. Germain Foundation. The mines and buildings of the valley will be featured along the way.

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