Iron Chest

4.9/5 (20 reviews)
Lifts, lockers, driving experience and a set of calm nerves are required to tackle the trip up to the Iron Chest Mine. The rock garden at the beginning of this off-road trail is just one of the unique features, combined with the aerial views of St. Elmo below along the way, that make this one of the... Read More
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Highlights of Iron Chest

Altitude Category Icon Altitude
Forest Category Icon Forest
Iconic Category Icon Iconic
Mine Category Icon Mine
Rock Category Icon Rock
Highest Elevation
11949 ft
Shape of Trail
Out & Back
Typically Open
06/15 - 10/31
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
CR 40
Nearest Town
St. Elmo
Nearest Services
Buena Vista
Management Agency
San Isabel National Forest
District
Salida Ranger District

Overview

Lifts, lockers, driving experience and a set of calm nerves are required to tackle the trip up to the Iron Chest Mine. The rock garden at the beginning of this off-road trail is just one of the unique features, combined with the aerial views of St. Elmo below along the way, that make this one of the most authentic trails in Central Colorado. If you like mining history, rock gardens, shelf roads, epic views and spending time above timberline then this trail should be on your bucket list.

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32 Trail Photos
4 Trail Concerns
20 Community Reviews
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