Cloverdale Mine

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4.8/5 (25 reviews)
Westcliffe, Colorado (Custer County)
Last Updated: 12/02/2023
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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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Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (25)
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35600
Seasonal Closure
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/01/2023

Closed for the winter season! Watch for updates in June 2024 (based on conditions at that time).
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35600
Impassable
Visited: 10/30/2023

Recent snow in the high country has produced conditions that prevent passage on this road.
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35600
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/30/2023

Open and clear to the top. As Ray stated previously, lots of timber deadfall aside the road, and of course--lots of rocks! It seems that some spots have been 'braided' by SxS vehicles seeking a smoother ride. Pity.
Trail Review: Cloverdale Mine - Tracy Barker
Trail Review: Cloverdale Mine - Tracy Barker
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/08/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very rocky, some of the switchbacks have larger rocks that will grab your diff if you take a bad line. There is tons of dead fall that has been cut back decently but still threatens to scrape a body panel. A large rock has fallen onto the trail shortly after WP8, pitching your vehicle towards the edge of the shelf road. There are several obstacles similar to the one described at WP10, not mentioned in the guide. Most of the upper trail is narrow, so passing is difficult. Camped near the creek at WP8 and enjoyed the white-noise effect of the water. Explored the mining camp towards the end and wondered what life would've been like at that altitude year round. I would be wary taking anything stock on this trail unless it is extensively armored. Overall a fairly scenic trail to access some of Colorado's rich mining history, spend a night at a spectacular campsite and explore some pristine alpine lakes.
Trail Review: Cloverdale Mine - Ray
Trail Review: Cloverdale Mine - Ray
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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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