Cloverdale Mine

4.7/5 (21 reviews)
Westcliffe, Colorado (Custer County)
Last Updated: 12/01/2021
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The trail to Cloverdale Mine is a mix of great scenery, history with a small amount of technical driving. There are two lakes on this route, each making a great place for lunch or overnight camping. Fallen trees, loose gravel, large rocks, muddy areas, and narrow roads are all things you should prepare for on Cloverdale Mine. Even with the lower elevation countryside burned from past fires, the scenery is amazing. New vegetation is beginning to grow and wildlife can be seen throughout the forest.

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4.7/5 (21 reviews)
Status: Open
Visited: 09/13/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

On Tuesday we only encountered a few hikers and 2 dirt bikes. The last time I was on this trail as a passenger was 20 years ago. I remembered it being wider and riddled with baby heads. Keeping in mind we are more experienced today. Having said that, the motto of the day was "4 low and slow". Since we carry a Four Wheel Camper on the back of Fern (our Tacoma), we were nervous of the pitches. Fern handled the terrain like butter, until about 2/10 of a mile from Rainbow Lake where there was a decent sized Boulder that pitched you to the outside. What was left of the road width you could see ATV Tracks. We bowed our heads, backed up until we could do a 16 point turn around. We met our gate keeper. I would have loved to conquer the boulders and been able to say we won, but alas...the trail did. Well done on the point markers.
Trail Review: Cloverdale Mine - Veronica May
Trail Review: Cloverdale Mine - Veronica May
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Status: Partially Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 05/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Drove up on Saturday. There is a downed tree just before WP8 that forced me to turn around. The entire tree is on the road and my chainsaw was out of gas. Did a lot of work through the burn scar opening it up for trucks. It was cleared well for side by sides or ATV. There are several trees suspended above the trail which may be too low for tall vehicles. ATV riders told us there was a lot of snow still on the approach to the mine. It will take some work to clean up the trail. I stopped at Balman Reservoir to camp. This is still one of my favorites.
Trail Review: Cloverdale Mine - Ben Jimbo
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Status: Seasonal Closure
Visited: 12/01/2021

Closed for the season! See you in 2022!
Status: Open
Visited: 07/12/2021

Great trail and some amazing camping spots. Went up 5 miles and found a great tent spot close to a stream and a lake within walking distance. Really rocky for my liking but I was happy to see what the truck and I were capable of. Choose your line and everything should be fine.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/03/2021

Spent a night up in the mountains. The trail is a ride. Definitely air down. The switchbacks after WP 7 can be a little challenging but not difficult to pass with the right line. We stayed at the campsites at Rainbow lake (WP8), however you are not allowed to camp in the spots closer to the lake although there were some campers. Gorgeous trail, but very long. If you have an opportunity it's worth a trip. It says 2.5 hrs for the trail, but for a stock Tacoma OR it was more like 3 or 4 hrs.

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