Eureka Gulch

5/5 (13 reviews)
Silverton, Colorado (SanJuan County)
Last Updated: 06/16/2022
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Eureka Gulch is a gorgeous route that climbs up to the location of one of the most disastrous mining accidents to ever happen in the mining industry; the collapse and total drainage of Lake Emma. The Sunnyside Mine had tunneled directly under Lake Emma, 70 feet above to reach a rich gold vein located there. On Sunday June 4, 1978, on the only day of the week that the mine was completely shut down, the lake burst through into the empty mine shafts. This incident completely drained Lake Emma and left the empty basin that can be seen at the end of the route. First hand accounts of the Sunnyside Mine incident can be discovered in the book "Silverton Gold" written by Allen G. Bird.

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5/5 (13 reviews)
Greg Stokes
Official Crew
25950
Status: Open
Visited: 06/16/2022

Announced as open per San Juan County
Greg Stokes
Official Crew
25950
Status: Impassable
Visited: 10/12/2021

Weather Forecasts for the San Juan Mountains call for a significant amount of snow in the coming days. Although some routes may be open, travel over these high mountain passes in winter conditions are not advised.
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 08/15/2021

There is a road closed sign and construction cones at the beginning of the trail
Greg Stokes
Official Crew
25950
Status: Open
Visited: 06/29/2021

Announced as fully OPEN per the US Forest Service. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sanjuan/maps-pubs/?cid=fsbdev3_002300
Greg Stokes
Official Crew
25950
Status: Seasonal Closure
Visited: 11/04/2020

Announced as CLOSED for the Winter per the US Forest Service. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sanjuan/maps-pubs/?cid=fsbdev3_002300

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