Cripple Creek Gold Mine Overlook
Cripple Creek, CO | 07/24/19
After a fun morning hike to Devil’s Head Lookout, we made our way down to our next hike, Vindicator Valley. On the way, we stopped at a mine overlook. I was surprised to see that the overlook platform was constructed from an old haul truck bed! We had fun climbing up and taking a peek into the active gold mine.
Vindicator Valley Loop | Pike National Forest
Cripple Creek, CO | 07/24/19 | 2.67 miles | 439′ gain
Just around the corner was the trailhead for Vindicator Valley. This is a hike Nicholas had found and I admit I hadn’t looked into it at all, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be as cool as it was! Vindicator Valley is a conglomeration of old mine ruins, in what used to be a bustling valley full of gold mines. It almost doesn’t seem possible that all of these mines could have existed in such close proximity, but here they are. The short loop winds around the valley, and interpretive signs give insight into the history of the area. Some signs talked about specific mines, but there were so many ruins nearby that it was impossible to know which was which!