Mine Shaft

Divide, Colorado (Teller County)

Last Updated: 03/21/2021
3.3 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Highlights

Highlight: Mine Shaft
This offroad trail in Pike National Forest offers solitude, beautiful scenery and a great place to camp. The view from the main campsite on this trail makes this run worth it alone. All of this makes it a perfect place to camp and then go wheeling in the surrounding area while camping in a more secluded area. Don't miss this little gem of a trail in the area while you're there.

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Route Information

Technical Rating

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Waypoints

1. Mine Shaft (FS 354.B) Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn off Grouse Road (FS 354) here. Turning right if coming from the south and turning left if coming from the beginning of Grouse Road (FS 354)/north. The entrance to Mine Shaft (FS 354.B) and Ruts (FS 354.A) are easy to mix up because they are close to each other. Make sure to reference these pictures and the GPX file for the right track.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Divide, CO

Head north on N Rd/N Manchester Creek Rd towards Rule Ridge (FS 357) and Waypoint 11. Take Lower Rule Creek Spur (FS 357.A) 'backwards' to Waypoint 7 for the trailhead to Grouse Road, and turn right onto Grouse Road (FS 354). Mine Shaft is 1.1 Miles in and Waypoint 4 on Grouse Road (FS 354). Turn left to get onto the trail.

Camping

Dispersed

Land Use Issues

This area is part of Pike-San Isabel National Forest, and as such is part of the 2011 Lawsuit where a coalition of conservation and recreation groups were suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they say is an illegal addition of 500 miles of motorized roads and trails. A settlement was reached in late 2015 that is requiring the U.S. Forest Service to re-evaluate the roads and create a new travel management plan. 30 roads have been partially or completely closed while this evaluation takes place over the next few years. Those trails affected have been noted here at trailsoffroad.com. It is imperative that the OHV community makes their voices be heard on this issue. If we do nothing, those 500 miles will be shut down, some already have. Contact the local ranger districts and let them know why the area is important to you and the history you have there. Contact your Congressperson and Senator as well. They know how important the OHV community is to the economy of the state.

Trail Reviews (6)

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Where is this mine entrance? I’ve been up there 3 times and have hiked all over the place I can’t seem to find anything
–Skyler (05/12/2022)
–JD Marshall (05/12/2022)
–JD Marshall (05/12/2022)
Q: Great report! Can you verify that there is a creek at the end (#3)? Looks like a great place to camp.
–Ian Steven (05/31/2018)
–JD Marshall (05/31/2018)

Writer Information

JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ had to be traded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.
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