Rockies Retreat Weekend

Rough plan:

Depart Thursday Aug 29th after work for Colorado
Reach Woodland Park CO in time to order from the breakfast menu at McDonalds, stock up on supplies from the Super Walmart.
Head for Buena Vista.

Reach the trailhead at Alpine lake.

Alpine Lake

Reach lakeside mountain base camp friday morning. Spend day resting and relaxing, fishing, hiking,

Baldwin Lake – Base camp for Friday

Interesting things around Friday’s Basecamp:

Mount Mamma Abandoned Mine (Half mile from base camp)

Grizzly Mountain Hike (1 mile from base camp)

Ridge Hike to Cronin Peak (1.1 miles from basecamp)

Saturday: After a good rest head up mount white hike around a bit, then cross the valley over to Antero (2 miles apart)

great pics of the trip:

Antero Road

View from Mt White

View from Antero summit

Drive down mountain & head to the ghost town strip trail.

On our way to base camp 2 we will pass:

Ghosttown – St. Elmo

The Mary Murphy mine lower level

And the upper level after several steep switchbacks

Allie-Belle Mine


Iron Chest Mine

Eventually we will traverse the treacherous Tincup pass to get to Mirror Lake. I attempted this in the subaru one year and made it about half a block.

Tincup Pass summit

Reach base camp of mountain/objective #2 sometime in the evening.

Base camp for saturday evening: Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake Fish

Sunday: Leave Mirror Lake and head for base camp charlie. This will be a challenging trail with large rocks, but nothing dangerous. At the end of the trail is an area with at least 27 visible ghost town structures high up in a mountain valley. I have not been able to find any photographs or name for the area but it appears to have been a large mine.

Charlie1 Charlie2 Charlie3

download, rename this pdf to .zip and uncompress the file. import it into google earth for full view of trails and waypoints.