Democrat Mountain

Empire, Colorado (ClearCreek County)

Last Updated: 12/01/2021
4.3 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Typically Open: 06/01 - 12/01
Length: 4.58 miles
Highest Elevation: 11583 feet
Duration: About 2 hours, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Empire
Nearest Town w/ Services: Empire
Official Road Name: 778.1
Management Agency: United States Forest Service
District: Clear Creek Ranger District


Highlight: Democrat Mountain
The trail offers you some nice views from a few overlooks and definite challenges for stock vehicles. The rough trail has access to some hiking trails and an old mine as well. The good and bad part of this trail is that it’s not often occupied, but it provides some of a challenge. It’s much better as an addition to your day with Bard Creek than a stand alone trail.


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1. Intersection with Bard Creek Trail (0 mi)
The Bard Creek trail intersects with FS 778.1, Democrat Mountain. If coming in from town, turn left as the sign indicates, if coming back from the end of Bard Creek, turn right at the waypoint onto 778.1. You’re going to climb the side of Columbia Mountain for a few miles. The dirt quickly changes to rocky dirt and a bumpy climb. Strap in, these rocks and rough spots continue for some time.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Empire, CO

Take South Main Street and head towards the park and baseball field. This road leads to the Bard Creek Trail and the Trailhead for Democrat mountain 0.7 Miles from the parking lot.



Land Use Issues

Trail 778.2A ends before MVUM maps say that it should and it has been verified with the Forest Service that old maps do not properly represent where this trail ends. Following the GPX track is the best way to stay the trail here.

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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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